About us

Who are we?

The Bulgarian Institute for Neo-Reichian Analytical Psychotherapy’s main activity is the organization of a four-year post-graduate educational course in Neo-Reichian analytical psychotherapy. The aim of this education is to train specialists who can work for the balance of body, psyche, and spirit of the separate individual as part of a developed and more aware society. 

Since 1994, without interruption, each autumn a new class of post-graduate students begin their education. 

Since April 2012 the Forum of Body Psychotherapy Organizations, part of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP), has accredited the Bulgarian Institute for Neo-Reichian Analytical Psychotherapy as complying with all its training standards. Our certificates have been recognized by the Bulgarian Association for Psychotherapy (BAP) and the European Association for Body Psychotherapy.

In April 2019, the EABP Forum of Body Psychotherapy Organizations unanimously and with gratitude extended the accreditation of the Institute. The Forum highlighted the systemic education and social activity developed in the Institute as well as the excellent results achieved during the preceding 7 years in Bulgaria by saying: “We can only admire your example.”

In the autumn of 2020, an experimental online education class began at the Institute. This education will require students to participate in two live mandatory ten-day (autumn and fall) training workshops where practical classes will be held.


Our School was recognzed and approve by EABP ….

Mission and goals

We offer an in-depth education in the field of body psychotherapy – specifically Neo-Reichian analytical psychotherapy. We accept as our mission the raising of awareness and the total health – psychological and physical, as well as a sense of meaning, and the feeling of satisfaction – of the separate individual as well as society. We work for the balancing and well-being of the separate individual as being part of a developed society in which people are healthy, free, happy, and prosperous.

Our goal is to train specialists for the responsible work of psychotherapy. We seek to ensure a high quality of education, aligned with the standards of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and with the latest developments and findings of modern science.


Our history

In 1994, the International Academy for the Exchange and Development of Culture and Science (Аcademia per la promozione internazionale della cultura e della scienza (APICS) – Lugano, Switzerland) and the Westdeutsche Akademie – Mülheim (WA–Germany) in collaboration with Sofia University (SU) “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the Medical University in Sofia organized the first ever post-graduate educational course in Neo-Reichian body psychotherapy in Bulgaria.

In 2000, the “Waldo Bernasconi” Foundation was registered in Bulgaria and continues its educational activity, developed by the representation of APICS and WA.

Since 2011, the “Institute for Psychosomatic Psychotherapy” (IPP), based in Sofia, Bulgaria, has been the successor of these two organizations.

Since April 2012, the IPP has been accredited by the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP), and since 2019 – reaccredited for a subsequent period of 7 years.

In 2017, the Institute began carrying the name of the “Bulgarian Institute for Neo-Reichian Analytical Psychotherapy” Foundation in order to communicate its specific psychotherapeutic method, among the many body psychotherapy approaches globally.

Since 2019, the Institute’s name has been “Institute for Neo-Reichian Analytical Psychotherapy”.