I am grateful to my North American colleagues for entrusting me with the position of representing you on  the IPA Board of Directors.

I have several goals I will focus on as your representative on the Board:


  • Working to repair the disconnect between the IPA and many of its members, especially in North America, by communicating to you regularly about IPA news, member benefits and services and IPA projects.  Since communication is always challenging when dealing with an international organization and far-flung members, I plan to use multiple means of communication–postings on the list-serves of North American components, as they permit, email letters and blog posts to this website.  I hope you will allow me to add you to my email list.  I promise  to inform but not overload you.  Just send me your email address at guntherperdigao@gmail.com
  • I hope to create a dialogue where you let me know about what you want from your membership in the IPA. See the contact page for multiple ways to get in touch with me.
  • Less concretely, I hope to persuade you to consider the value of engagement in international psychoanalysis as a rewarding part of your psychoanalytic career.

Growing up in Rio de Janeiro to a Brazilian-Austrian family and educated in the United States underscores why so much of my professional life has been devoted to international psychoanalysis. Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, French, German and English has allowed me to participate fully in inter-cultural dialogue and in the cross-fertilization of ideas and traditions that characterize the IPA. I will bring this perspective to the Board in the service of all North American members. My multicultural background made  engagement with the IPA and colleagues in Europe and Latin America a natural fit for me.  I hope I can facilitate all members’ engagement in an international professional experience I have found so rewarding.  For those members who wonder, “What does the IPA do for me?” I will work to make sure it delivers value and tangible benefits for its members.

The winds of inclusiveness are enlivening North American psychoanalysis. APsaA’s bridge building with broadly equivalent psychoanalytic organizations represents an important step forward. CIPS component societies are more than four hundred strong and continue to reflect a vibrant addition to psychoanalysis in the United States that in many ways has changed the whole. The Canadian Psychoanalytic Society nurtures strong psychoanalytic traditions in both French and English-speaking regions, now stretching from Quebec City in the East to Vancouver in the West.

Our region has unique and challenging characteristics. There is a need to clarify what problems or challenges NAPSAC should be addressing.  We need to discover what we can give to each other and how this can optimally occur. Issues of equitability are important, but may well resolve when NAPSAC’s mission is vital to all.

I support assisting groups such as CIPS and the Canadian to have their voice heard on the international stage.  Although predominant in size, APsaA, has had its internal struggles, which it is facing and solving. We are all contending with challenges when it comes to analytic workloads and attracting qualified, younger candidates. Nevertheless, there is continuing work to be done to optimize inter-group relations and reciprocity, which cannot be left untended.

Psychoanalysis remains the most comprehensive theory of the human mind available, and we know collectively that our treatment changes lives. Nevertheless, we need to continue to demonstrate our relevance, especially to those patient groups for whom research shows do best with the long-term in-depth treatment we offer.

I believe that increasing collaboration, cohesiveness and sharing of ideas across borders and divisions will reduce insecurity and conflict within the profession.  By nature, I am a connector and translator.  This includes the ability to translate conflicts, aspirations and frustrations into language that allows us to work and solve problems together.  I have done this over many years of IPA service and will continue to do this on the Board.