The MINAS GERAIS PSYCHOANALYTICAL SOCIETY is based in Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, one of the most prosperous states in Brazil. Minas Gerais is a state that stands out for its huge territory, its large number of municipalities, and for its socio-cultural diversity, combining modernity and history.   

The most important historical city in Brazil, Ouro Preto, is located in Minas, as well as the famous Contemporary Museum, Inhotim. The Federal University of Minas Gerais is the third one in number of publications and ongoing research.

Belo Horizonte is a young, yet a modern city, with several shopping centers, restaurants, bars and thousands of young people on the streets. A great number of universities and colleges set forth herein, including psychology colleges, where psychoanalysis has been studied for a long time now.

The city has numerous theaters and cultural centers, where we can find all kinds of art.         

Minas Gerais is famous for its intelligentsia, which has always stood out, both locally and internationally.  

Nevertheless, there was no psychoanalytical institution affiliated and analysts formed along the lines of the IPA.    



In the early 90s, Sebastião Salim, analyst based in Belo Horizonte with training in Rio de Janeiro Psychoanalytical Society - SPRJ, invites his peer from SPRJ, the analyst Sergio Kehdy to move to Belo Horizonte, who then created here a Training Group. The Rio de Janeiro Psychoanalytical Society accepted and sponsored the foundation of a center, the Psychoanalytical Center of Belo Horizonte (NPBH – Núcleo Psicanalítico de Belo Horizonte).   

For the endeavor to successfully achieve its goal, the support of the SPRJ analysts Maria Manhães and Victor Manoel Andrade was crucial.          

In March of 1993, the first class of NPBH starts, whose names must be mentioned, because they were the ones who created the SPMG. Eliane de Andrade, Maria Cristina Dias, Marilia Macedo Botinha, Rosalia Lage Martins Bicalho, Rossana Nicoliello Pinho and Janne de Oliveira Campos, were the components of the first class; Thereza Cristina Paione Rezende and Paula Linhares de Andrade, the components of the second group. All of them completed the training and obtained the status of analysts by SPRJ. Except for Janne and Paula who withdrew from the institution, all the others currently have a position in SPMG.     

Under the status of Training Center, the training course seminars were taught by SPRJ teachers, who used to commute to Belo Horizonte, which resulted in major spendings by those pioneering candidates, who were also responsible for all the administrative management. Thanks to the great commitment from the candidates mentioned above, there has never been interruption of the seminars.

In this first moment as a Training Center, the lecturers were authorized by the parent company (SPRJ) to work solely as analysts and supervisors. The three of them are: Sebastião Abrão Salim, Sergio Kehdy and Clemilda Barbosa de Souza, who joined the group, moving from Rio to Belo Horizonte.      

In spite of such great deal of effort, the NPBH could count on analysts from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, who would later play an important role in NPBH. They are: Gisèle de Mattos Brito (SBPSP); Mário Lúcio Alves Baptista (SBPSP), whose great experience was essential for the maintenance and growth of the group; Maria da Penha Zabani Lanzoni (SBPSP) and Edna Pires Guerra Torres (SPRJ). Later, two of these analysts would become presidents: Gisèle Brito and Mário Lúcio Baptista.


The arrival of the new coordinator, Jaques Vieira Engel, from the SPRJ should also be highlighted as it was of great help in organizing and resolving disputes, and updating the training program.          

The presidency of NPBH was then taken by Gisèle de Mattos Brito, who modernized the group, changed the headquarters and implemented other effective measures.         

Then Eliane de Andrade assumes the presidency, as well as the  Center has a new coordinator is appointed by SPRJ, Maria Eliana Mello. Earning the support from the whole group, the Center applies for becoming a Study Group, a decisive step in this moment on the path to becoming a Society (SPMG). At that time, the support received from the then president of the IPA, Claudio Laks Eizirik, was extremely important.

From the beginning, scientific events were scientific with the participation of local analysts and guests from other Societies.        





In July 2008, the change of status from Training Center (NPBH) to the one of Study Group is officially announced. To organize it, the International New Groups-ING designates a Sponsoring Committee, composed of two analysts: Luis Carlos Mabilde from the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society (SPPA), Chair, and Diana Vazquez Guijo Canovi, from the Psychoanalytical Association of Argentina (APA), Co-Chair. Both of why in line with all the group, and were decisive in treating with ING. The  ING Chair for Latin America was, at the time, Dr. Mauro Guss of the SPPA. Some time later, ING appointed another Sponsor, Gleda Brandão de Araujo, the person who we really cherish and who was celebrated by the group.


The first president of GEPMG, elected unanimously, was Mário Lúcio Alves Baptista. The important achievement was the creation of the Education Institute, as the Centers still did not have any. The Institute of Psychoanalysis, which is the most complex and sensitive department of any institution, had the creator of NPBH, Sebastião Abrão Salim, as the first director. The secretarial duties were fulfilled by Marilia Macedo Botinha who, in the near term, was elected Director of the Institute. GEPMG worked with precision. There were excellent seminars, consistent and up-to-date program, with outstanding guests. In regard to scientific activities related to the Institute of Psychoanalysis, we were honored to receive Dr. Claudio Eizirik and Professor Charles Hanly.

The prevailing mood was friendship between most of the members and the joy of the candidates.

While still a Study Group, three classes were formed. The first class, consisting of 10 candidates completed the training and already confered the title on 04 members, as IPA Direct Members. The others are in the final stage in completing the requirements. The second class, consisting of eight candidates, is already in the final phase of the training and will be receiving the title by the Minas Gerais Psychoanalytical Society soon. The third class, consisting of 11 candidates is in the middle of the theoretical training course.


After Mário Lucio’s term, Sergio Kehdy assumes the presidency. In this change of Directors, the Teaching Institute is than directed by Thereza Cristina Paione Rezende; Marilia Macedo Botinha takes on the Scientific Board; Rossana Nicoliello Pinho becomes the Treasurer and Edna Tôrres becomes the Secretary General. In which case, all these functions are performed competently. Without the commitment of those, nothing would exist.

The Department of Psychological Assistance (DAP), which is a social work clinic, has been working very well and referred patients to candidates and is coordinated by Maria Cristina Dias, also a pioneer of NPBH.
Since we acquire the status of Study Group, we have been members of the Brazilian Federation of Psychoanalysis-FEBRAPSI and of the Latin American Psychoanalytical Federation - Fepal.

After seven years as a Study Group, having met all requirements and with the encouragement and endorsement from the Sponsors, we applied for becoming a Provisional Society.    




On 23 July 2015, at the Business Meeting of the IPA, in Boston, the president of GEPMG Sergio Kehdy, received from the hands of Stefano Bolognini the certificate of Provisional Society, called Minas Gerais Psychoanalytical Society-SPMG. The ING Chair for Latin America was present and replaced the names responsible for the Liaison Committee. Gleda Brandão de Araujo, from Mato Grosso do Sul Psychoanalytical Society (SPMS) remained and Nilde Parada Franch, from the Brazilian São Paulo Psychoanalytical Society – SBPSP joined the society, both of whom are excellent and really experienced analysts, who will for sure help us so that we can get the status of Component Society.


The SPMG has a firm and consolidated structure, comprised of 12 members and 25 candidates. In summary, our roll of candidates will be expanded as we have already selected candidates for our fourth class of psychoanalytical training.

A SPMG has always had a steady scientific program since its foundation, with monthly events and annual conferences. In addition, it promotes scientific meetings internally, as well as collective supervision and clinical practice along with members of other Brazilian organizations associated to the IPA, offered exclusively to members and candidates of SPMG. An internal conference of the Institute of Education takes place annually and it is organized by its own candidates, who present works of several psychoanalytic issues in the event.


Candidates participate actively regarding the society environment, as well as sharing their experiences with candidates from other institutions through the Brazilian Candidates Association (ABC). 


SPMG has its official publication, the Journal of Psychoanalysis of Minas Gerais, launched in 2011, which has Eliane de Andrade as its publisher and Rosalia Martins Lage Bicalho as co-editor.      

This is the background of our society, the youngest IPA Society in Latin America. Bringing together everybody’s efforts, we move forward together, after new challenges.