Group Analytic Society International: Management Committee

Their roles, responsibilities, profiles...

Robi Friedman


Robi Friedman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Haifa, Israel. He serves on the faculty at Haifa University, and is co-founder of the Israel Institute of Group Analysis and ex-President of the Israel Association for Group Psychotherapy. With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Zurich University, Robi Friedman has presented at more than a dozen conferences throughout the world during the past two decades, addressing such topics as dreams in group psychotherapy, the uniting and dividing of genders, and the nature of social unconscious processes. Dr. Friedman is co-editor of Dreams in Group Psychotherapy and Desire, Passion and Gender: Clinical Implications and has authored more than thirty articles and essays in various international journals, including the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, the International Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy and Group Analysis. He has also published chapters in such books as The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies and The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy. He is married, has three children and six grandchildren.

Angelika Golz

Honorary Secretary

Angelika’s work has included consultation to teams in crisis, supervision to mental health teams, and also supervision to people working with individuals, groups, and training courses. She teaches regularly on the clinical psychology doctorate program in Plymouth University, and also on other psychotherapy courses. For 12 years Angelika also worked with outpatient groups in the NHS.

Linde Wotton

Joint Honorary Treasurer - Organisational Matters

Linde Wotton is a group analyst working in the NHS in London as a Specialty Doctor in Psychotherapy. Having trained initially as a psychiatrist, her career took a change of direction while she was bringing up her three children and she became more involved in education – training this time as a teacher with a special interest in dyslexia. She also deepened her love of music by undertaking a music diploma with the Open University before returning to clinical work as a group analyst. Linde has recently stepped down from a 5-year post as the London Courses Director at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA). She now acts as a dissertation supervisor for qualifying course students and chairs the International Courses Committee at the IGA. As well as joining the GASI management committee as joint honorary treasurer – responsible for organisational matters, she is a member of the editorial board of Group Analysis and oversees the Group Analytic Society International Student Essay Competition

Sarah Tyerman

Joint Honorary Treasurer - Accounts

Sue Einhorn

Chair, Scientific Sub-Committee

Training Group Analyst, psychotherapist in private practice and Member of the Group Analytic Network London. She teaches and supervises for the Institute of Group Analysis, convened a Training in Group Analysis in St. Petersburg, Russia and currently supervises experienced therapists in Norway. She has previously worked for The Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture, Medical Justice and The Women’s Therapy Centre, London.

Peter Zelaskowski

Editor, Group Analytic Contexts & Chair Online Communications Committee

After studying politics and philosophy at Sheffield University, Peter worked as a community and youth worker in London before training as a teacher of social studies. While teaching adolescents at risk, he trained as a Group Analytic Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths College, London University. He has since worked in a wide range of public and private contexts as a psychotherapist and a trainer. Since 1999 he has lived and worked in Barcelona, where, apart from his own private practice, he has collaborated: within Barcelona NEST, a multidisciplinary group of clinicians; as lecturer, supervisor and large group convenor in the training of art therapists and dance movement therapists at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and Metafora.  He worked at an executive level in the British Association of Group Psychotherapists and was the founding chair of the Goldsmiths’ Association of Group Psychotherapists.

Dieter Nitzgen

Ex-officio Member as Editor, Group-Analysis

Group analyst, training group analyst and supervisor of the IGA/H Heidelberg and full member of the German Group Analytic Society (D3G). Member of the Association of Freudian Psychoanalysis (AFP). Past Foulkes Lecturer 2008. Head of the psychotherapy department Rehaklinik Birkenbuck, a treatment centre of addictive disorders. Also working in private practice as a group analyst, psychoanalyst and organisational consultant.

Marina Mojovic

Committee Member

Marina Mojovic, MD, MA, born in Serbia, educated in USA, Germany, Serbia and UK, currently lives and works in Belgrade as a psychiatrist, individual psychoanalytic psychotherapist, group analyst and organizational consultant in her private practice. She is a trainer in the Group Analytic Society-Belgrade and founder of its Section and Training for Psychodynamic Studies of Institutions, Organizations and Society; she is also a member of GAS-International, IGPA, EFPP, EAP, ISPSO and OPUS in which she is a national representative for Serbia and a Convener of the OPUS Listening Posts for Serbia. Special interest in social unconscious: exploration, writing and applying to society, thereby develops in Serbia the ‘reflective citizens’ project, studies on social dreaming, median and large groups.

Regine Scholz

Chair, International Development Committee

Chair, International Development Committee. Works in private practice as group analyst and psychotherapist specialized in trauma treatment. She is a founding member of D3G (German Society for Group Analysis and Group Psychotherapy), and is certified by this society as consultant and training analyst. She is staff member of the Institute of Therapeutic and Applied Group Analysis Munster, Former editor of “Arbeitshefte Gruppenanalyse” and member of the editorial committee of Group Analysis. She holds a PhD in Psychology of Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), she presented at many conferences and authored a wide range of
articles in various, on topics related to the impact of culture and collective trauma (foundation matrix). She contributed chapters to the books “The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies”, edited by Hopper, E. & Weinberg, H., and to “Desire, Passion and Gender”, edited by Navaro L., Friedman R. & Schwartzberg, S.

Kristian Valbak

Finance and Scientific Sub-Committee Member

Kristian has worked for more than 30 years as a Psychiatrist and Consultant Psychotherapist at the Aarhus University Hospital in Risskov, Denmark. There he is leading a special treatment program for severely self-harming patients and he is in charge of the outpatient clinic for Group Analytic Psychotherapy.

He holds a PhD. degree and is a senior lecturer at the University of Aarhus.

His diploma in Group Analysis is from London (overseas training in Oslo). He is co-founder and first chairman and of The Institute of Group Analysis in Aarhus and teacher on its training program.

He was for 5 years president of EGATIN and is also member of the GASI-MC as well as member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Group Analysis.

He has written scientific articles and textbook chapters on, among other things Eating disorders, Psychotherapy of patient with schizophrenic disorders and Suitability for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He has special interests in Research in psychotherapy, Assessment and Personal training and development.

Carmen O’Leary

Honorary Membership Secretary

Group Analyst (IGA – London 1993).  Retired Consultant Adult Psychotherapist (National Health Service – UK). Supervisor, teacher and Group Analytic practitioner. Has served in the IGA-UK Council of Management and other committees and is currently the Honorary Membership Secretary of the Group Analytic Society International.

Julia Porturas


Past Presidents

S.H. Foulkes 1952-1972

Pat de Mare 1972-78

Malcolm Pines 1978-81

Jane Abercrombie 1981-84

Dennis Brown 1984-87

Terry Lear 1987-90

Bryan Boswood 1990-96

Stuart Whiteley 1996-99

Werner Knauss 1999-2002

Luisa Brunori 2002-2005

Gerda Winther 2005-2011

Robi Friedman 2011 –