Psychodrama: The Soul in Action
Virginie Boury & Niall Lenihan
6:00 – 9:00pm (3hrs)
Virginie Boury & Niall Lenihan:
The etymology of the word psychodrama can be traced to the Greek terms for the soul (‘psyche’, from the ancient love story of the mortal Psyche and the immortal Eros) and action (‘drama’). Psychodrama is the soul in action. The soul in action gives birth to spontaneity and creativity through an encounter with the self, others and the world.
In this workshop we will use these roots of psychodrama to invite participants to explore their personal relationship with the love story of Psyche and Eros. This story brings out many themes: the overriding power of love; being rescued by someone who loves you; a man not revealing himself to the woman he loves; abusive relationships; the power of a mother over her son; a father abandoning his daughter; the misuse of belief systems to justify wrongdoing; your way of dealing with authority; loneliness; secrecy; mistrust in a relationship; feeling betrayed, abandoned and heartbroken; the aging woman losing her power to a younger beauty; envy; bad-mouthing others; fear of losing your child; accidentally injuring another; overcoming hurdles; revelation and enlightenment; a woman’s power of self-defence; receiving help; mercy; transformation; birth and new beginnings.
Following psychodramatic action and personal sharing, the workshop will take a look towards the future. The workshop will conclude with an action-based reflection on how psychodrama and sociodrama can be used as agents for change and transformation in our own lives, in the wider family, professional and local communities in which we live, and at the wider societal level at this time of ecological challenge and political uncertainty.
Virginie Boury is a dramatherapist and psychodrama psychotherapist with experience working with groups and individuals on psychiatric units, day services, therapeutic communities and in private practice. She is currently working at The Practice in Central London.
Niall Lenihan is a trainee psychodrama psychotherapist at the London Centre for Psychodrama. He has experience working as a trainee with groups in private practice.