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I am proud to introduce Lydia Tischler and Miranda Feuchtwang to the membership of the EFPP. They are both prominent senior and longstanding members in their national organisations in the UK which in turn enjoy membership in the EFPP. For Lydia Tischler it is the ACP, the Association of Child Psychotherapy; for Miranda Feuchtwang it is the BPF, the British Psychotherapy foundation and the ACP.

They’re also importantly, both founding members of the EFPP. In our talk we concentrate on those early days of the birth of the EFPP in London when the so called iron curtain that separated Europe for 40 years came down.

Lydia Tischler used the new political situation to return to her homeland Czechoslovakia with a view to bringing her experience in theory, clinical practise and supervision and assist local organisations to develop psychoanalytic structures, clinical practice and training. The developing organisation could then become a member of the EFPP and get support from the federation as well. Lydia has been a pioneer in eastern Europe,for many others from Britain and other places to follow in their generosity to help develop psychoanalytic structures that had been stunted during the Soviet years. The EFPP was a container for this work.

Miranda Feuchtwang has been a member of the EFPP board and a delegate of the APP, part of the psychoanalytic umbrella organisation (BCP) or national network in the United Kingdom, and she has followed, I think, the work of the EFPP very closely from the very beginning and ever since.

I’m very pleased that they are both here today with me and that we can engage in a conversation, almost like around the fire place, to have them tell us in their own words, how the idea of the EFPP emerged and gradually became an institutional reality and a lived experience for many of you.

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