I am Maria Polykarpou, Psychologist Dramatherapist, and I am meeting you here, in this digital space, so that together we can look at what it means to work with oneself and how it improves our lives.
Once Carl Gustav Jung said: “Put down roots like a tree, until clarity comes from deeper sources to see over that wall and grow.”
Our inner world is the source which provides us with the supplies we need in life. In order to access these supplies we need to consciously work with ourselves.
Working with ourselves helps us connect with our own story, so we can come into contact with elements that have formed us and process them. We learn to reach parts of ourselves which have been neglected, to discover what is unknown to us and to recognise what empowers us. Thus, our inner world becomes fertile soil from which new knowledge emerges about who we really are.
Knowing oneself is the food that helps us grow, the medicine that heals us and the breath that gives our life flexibility.
“Man has a soul and there is a buried treasure in the field.” C. G. Jung
On the psychotherapeutic journey of every person my role is be their companion. This journey is taking place within the framework and the methodology of dramatherapy.
Dramatherapy as a term, comes from the combination of the words “drama” (to act, to do something) and “therapy” (to restore good health, to serve). It is based on the idea that symbolic action through the arts can bring mental balance and catharsis, as Aristotle observed.
It is a psychotherapeutic method that invites you to work with your whole being. It activates the mind, the emotions, the body and the soul. For this reason it is an experiential method that encourages you to actively participate. Its main tools are dialogue and creative expression.