Bernhard M. Strauss


Prof. Bernhard Michael Strauss is currently Full Professor of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany and head of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital. He completed his training in psychology at the University of Constance (Southern Germany), and his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. Following a five year position at the Psychiatric Hospital of Hamburg University (Department of Sex Research), he worked as an Associate Professor at the University Hospital at Kiel (Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy) between 1986 and 1996. During this time he completed his psychotherapeutic training as a psychoanalyst with additional special trainings in group psychotherapy as well as sex therapy.

As the head of the Institute at Jena University, he was/is involved in research projects from the fields of psychotherapy research, psychooncology, prevention, medical and psychotherapeutic education, health psychology etc. Bernhard Strauss was a member of the Executive Committee of the German Society for Sex Research; he is past president of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine and the German Society for Medical Psychology, and Past President of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).

He has published almost 60 books, more than 250 book chapters and more than 460 journal articles.

Kyriaki Polychroni


Kyriaki Polychroni, MA, CGP, EAP, LMFT, is a psychologist, marital psychotherapist and
family and a trainer and psychotherapist of systemic groups. Kyriaki specializes in
attachment therapy and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and has international expertise
certificate of couples therapist, supervisor and trainer (ICEEFT).
She is the founder and director of the Greek EFT Network and holds a long-standing position on the Board
Scientific and Faculty at the Anthropos Institute in Athens – the first leading center
family therapy in Europe. He has been training and supervising therapy professionals for several years
couples and families throughout Greece, Europe, Egypt and Iran.
Kyriaki is the former president of the European Family Therapy Association – EFTA. In 2016
year she was honored with an award for outstanding contribution to family therapists in
Europe and was appointed Honorary President of the EFTA Training Chamber (EFTA-TIC).
Kyriaki is also a board member of the International Center for Therapeutic Excellence
Focused on Emotions (ICEEFT).
Kyriaki is a member of the American Academy of Family Therapy (AFTA). Was
vice-president of the national branch of the European Association of Psychotherapists
(EAP). Founding member of the Hellenic Association of Systemic Therapy (ELESYTH).
He is also a founding member of the American National Registry of Certified
Group Psychotherapists (CGP) and a clinical member of the American
Association for Group Psychotherapy (AGPA).
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Lynne Rigaud


Psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer. She works in private practice and as an addiction counsellor in a national addiction organization in France. Supervisor of pluri-disciplinary teams in addiction centers. Trainer in substance abuse and addiction for professionals in juvenile detention centers and other organizations. Vice chair of the Science and Research committee of the European Association of Psychotherapy and Vice President of the French Federation of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Mick Cooper


Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies.  He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton.  Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. Mick’s books include Existential Therapies (2nd ed., Sage, 2017), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy(2nd ed., Sage, 2018), and Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy, and Social Change (Sage, 2019). Mick’s principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalising therapy, and counselling for young people in schools.  In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences. Mick’s latest book explores the contribution that counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice can make to wider social progress and justice: Psychology at the Heart of Social Change: Towards a Progressive Vision for Society (Bristol University, 2023).