Prof Dr Nikola Atanassov (1955-2020) was one of the key figures of the psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic movement in Bulgaria. He was one of the founders and first presidents of the Bulgarian Psychoanalytic Society, of the Masters programme in Clinical Psychology - Psychoanalytic Perspective in the New Bulgarian University, former president of the Bulgarian Association for Psychotherapy, a training and supervising analyst who was fully devoted to the clinical practice and the organisational and scientific life of the analytic community as well as a close colleague, mentor and collaborator of so many. This web page is devoted to his life and work.
Ass. Prof. Nikola Atanassov

About Nikola Atanassov

A Brief CV:

А. Аcademic career

  • 1981 – M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany
  • 1990 – Ph.D. in Psychology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Since 2005 – Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at NBU in Sofia, Bulgaria

B. Professional career

  • Clinical psychologist, City Psychiatric Dispensary of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1981 – 1985: full time psychotherapist
  • 1985 – 1990: part time psychotherapist
  • Beginning in 1991: private practice for psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapeutic training
    -1978 – 1981: autogenic training, hypnosis, and behavior therapy
    - 1989 – 1994: psychodrama training, Psychodrama Institute for Europe
    - 2002 – 2008: psychoanalytic training, The Han Groen-Prakken Psychoanalytic Institute for Eastern Europe of the International Psychoanalytic Association*

* The International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) was created by Sigmund Freud and his followers in 1910. One of its main tasks is to connect institutes throughout the world that are offering psychoanalytic training according to common professional standards. The training in psychoanalysis is the most intensive training in psychotherapy.

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Membership at professional organizations:

  • Bulgarian Psychological Society: registered psychologist, № BG-RP 0028
  • International Psychoanalytical Association: direct member since 2009
  • Bulgarian Psychoanalytic Society: founding member since 2012; secretary 2012-2014; president since 2014
  • Bulgarian Association of Psychotherapy: founding member since 1993; Board member 2003 – 2009; president 2006 – 2009; registered psychotherapist (National register of psychotherapis
  • Bulgarian Society for Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy: founding member since 1991


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