• Thalia Valeta


“Metamyth”©/Dramatherapy is a psychological therapy for people who have epilepsy. “Metamyth”© can be used for any client population at any age or stage of development. “Metamyth”© is unique, as it is a psychological treatment conceived by taking into consideration, the clinical experience and knowledge from researching epilepsy and by exploring the archetypal dimensions of the psyche of the person who has epilepsy, studying the psychological needs of this group, and adapting psychotherapeutic processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.First Neurology and Psychiatry ClinicUniversity of Athens, Aeginition HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and EpilepsiesSt. Thomas’ HospitalLondonUK

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