History of psychotherapy

Lead by Prof. Alfred Pritz

The Research circle has been founded to explore historical development of psychotherapy in different countries. The team gathers English Doctorate Program faculty members and students, who explore this topic from different perspectives, by focusing on questions:

  • How did psychotherapy develop?
  • What was the cultural and political context and how has it influenced psychotherapy development?
  • What circumstances contributed to the contemporary status of psychotherapy in each country?
  • What was the path of training standards and in which modalities?

Members of the research group conduct research in various countries, including but not limited to Slovenia, Serbia, Latvia, Turkey, Croatia, Latvia, Japan and Southern Korea.

They utilize methods of historiography (e.g. by studying archival sources), as well as conduct expert interviews, focus group discussions etc.

Current and past members of the research group include:

Tuba Fatma Aydin: Current Status of Psychotherapy Development in Turkey: Application of psychotherapy modalities  (PhD research project in progress)

Snežana Petrović: Pioneers of psychotherapy in the former Yugoslavian Republics (PhD research project in progress)

Miran Možina: Psychotherapy in Slovenia (PhD research project in progress)

Tamara Prevendar: Development of psychotherapy in Croatia (PhD research project in progress)

Andrew Grimes: Well planted in fertile ground: Psychotherapies in Japan (defended MA thesis, published by Sigmund Freud University Press

Haeyoung Jeong, Dr. Sci. Pth. – Archaeology of Psychotherapy in Korea:
How psychotherapy has developed: A study of therapeutic work and professional growth in Korea (defended PhD dissertation)

Arthur Dombrovsky, Dr. Sci. Pth: History of the Development of Psychotherapy in Latvia (defended PhD dissertation)