Key note speakers


Renate Geuzinge

Renate Geuzinge is a registered mental health psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor/trainer in person centered experiential psychotherapy. She is researcher at the University for Humanistic Studies and founder of the Dutch Institute for Interpersonal Neurobiology.


Title: How to give your wholehearted therapeutic efforts neurobiological roots in the client’s brain

Latest discoveries in the development and plasticity of the brain emphasize the influence of experiences on neurophysiological processes and the growth of neural circuits. Integrative Psychotherapists offer such experiences. From the perspective of the interdisciplinary field of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) I will first reflect on the key features of mental health and resilience as a stepping stone to the main aim of my presentation: how to enhance neurobiological consolidation of the healthy experiences which we offer our clients.


Bernhard Strauß

Professor Bernhard M. Strauss is the director of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Jena in Germany. His clinical education is based on cognitive behavioral and psychoanalytical/psychodynamic approach. He focuses on psychotherapy and psychology research in various fields, e.g. on process and outcome of individual and group psychotherapy, systematic reviews, attachment and psychopathology, attachment in primary care), psychooncology, clinical sex research. He is a member of International Scientific Societies (APA, AGPA, SPR) and currently cooperates on research with Brigham Young University, University of Ottawa, Adelphi University, Penn State University.


Title: How psychotherapy research could stimulate psychotherapy integration


Abstract: Clinicians commonly reveal an ambivalent attitude towards psychotherapy research, since it sometimes appears too distant from real clinical life and accordingly not really stimulating self-reflections of psychotherapists.
This presentation tries to convince clinicians that psychotherapy research actually has the potential to stimulate psychotherapeutic practice and – even more – to stimulate psychotherapy integration.
Based upon an overview of current developments in psychotherapy research, some results from patient-oriented research will be stressed. In addition, research focusing on the person of the therapist and specific patient characteristics such as attachment styles will be discussed as  issues that might help to further develop integrative approaches in our field.


Tomáš Řiháček

Tomáš Řiháček, Ph.D., is a psychologist and psychotherapist. He works as an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, where he teaches courses on qualitative methods and psychotherapy research. Furthermore, he serves as a coordinator of the Center for Psychotherapy Research, Brno. His research interests include psychosomatics, measurement of psychotherapeutic change, psychotherapist development, and psychotherapy integration. He also runs a part-time private practice.


Title: What makes a good therapist

Abstract: In the last two decades there has been a shift towards a competency-based model of psychotherapist training which emphasizes competencies on the side of a trainee (output) rather than time spent in training (input). This shift takes place in parallel with recent advancements in research. Empirical evidence shows that the person of the therapist really matters: differences among therapists exceed those among psychotherapy approaches. Research on what actually makes a good therapist is, however, fragmented and not easy to summarize. Nevetheless, the time is ripe for bringing these diverse resources together to outline some tentative conclusions for psychotherapy practice and training and set agenda for future research.