World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP)

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy is the international umbrella organization of Positive Psychotherapy. It consists of national associations, national and regional training institutes, centers, representative offices and individual members.

It was founded by Prof. Nossrat Peseschkian as International Center of Positive Psychotherapy (ICPP) in 1996. In January 2008, it was decided to re-name it to World Association for Positive Psychotherapy. In 2016 the term “transcultural” was added to underline the transcultural basis of Positive Psychotherapy.

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP) is registered as a non-profit-organization in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 1996.

about IAPP

Positive Psychotherapy is present in 54 countries on 6 continents

WAPP in numbers

Basic, Master, International Trainers


WAPP members

2300 +

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centers, associations, academies, institutes

60 +

graduates per year

2500 +

Head Office

Luisenstrasse 28
65185 Wiesbaden

WAPP Statutes (bylaws)

of WAPP are in English and in German

WAPP promotes the theory, method and practice of Positive Psychotherapy. It is engaged in the training of postgraduate professionals in psychotherapy, family therapy and counseling all over the world.

In addition, WAPP organizes workshops, lectures, conferences and seminars pertaining to the different aspects of Positive Psychotherapy as well as transcultural exchange of theories, techniques and research. Our work is in accordance with the Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy.

WAPP and its affiliated institutions are members of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP), and the World Federation for Psychotherapy (WFP).

As WAPP member you are automatically a member of the World Federation for Psychotherapy WFP – You can print this certificate and put it in your office. 


Board of Directors of the World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP) 2022-2024

WAPP is represented by a Board of Directors. The members of the Board are elected every two years by the WAPP members and serve as a collective organ. They work on a voluntary basis and meet monthly for consultation on all issues concerning Positive Psychotherapy and the work of WAPP.



Ewa Dobiala

MD (Poland)

Gabriela Hum

Psych, MA (Romania)

Ivan Kirillov

MD, PhD (Russia/Turkey)

Olga Lytvynenko

Psy.D. (Ukraine)

Liudmyla Moskalenko

PhD (Ukraine)

Hamid Peseschkian

MD, DM, DMSc (Germany), President

Raluca Ursica

Psych, MA (UK)

Peseschkian Foundation


Elected by electronic vote on November 2022.

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP) has 3 Committees and numerous working groups (see the structure) to discuss and work on the main topics of our organization:

Governance Committee

Strategy, Head Office, staff, agenda, Board, annual meetings, elections, legal affairs, membership, finance, events

Committee members:

Hamid Peseschkian

Raluca Ursica

Daria Krebs

Fariba Karamloo

Liudmyla Moskalenko

Ewa Dobiala

Anna Wyszadko

Ekaterina Dokunova

Adela Moldovan

Training  Committee

Trainers and trainings, training standards, specialized courses, centers, associations, EAP/ECP

Committee members:

Gabriela Hum

Ivan Kirillov

Maxim Goncharov

Polina Efremova

Oana Bodor

Ocean Liu Yang

Katarzyna Marquardt
Oleksandra Nizdran

Publications Committee

Publications, Journal supervision, translations, SMM platforms, website, Blog, Internet content, PPT books

Committee members:

Olga Lytvynenko

Hamid Peseschkian

Liudmyla Moskalenko

Oana Cuesdeanu

Ali Eryilmaz

Elmedina Cesco

Ovidiu Damian

Head Office

Stefanie Heinen, M.A

Phone: +49 611 450 34 40
Fax: +49 611 450 34 24

Wiesbaden, Germany
Email: wapp@positum.org

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Dr. Kateryna Lytvynenko

Odesa, Ukraine
Email: assistant@positum.org

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Elisabeta Canja, M.A

Cluj Napoca, Romania
Email: members@positum.org

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Dr. Dorothea Martin

Albania/ USA
Email: journal@positum.org

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