5th International Conference of Ecopsychology



Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist
GREECE (English)


SECTION: Psychoecotherapy and Mental Health
TITLE: Non Directive Breathwork


Non Directive Breathwork is a powerful therapeutic modality for the treatment of psychological trauma. It is a compound method for group psychotherapy which uses conscious breathing as the main therapeutic vehicle and the strong experience of it for the emergence of the inner self. This method is based by definition in Michel Lobrot’s Non Directive Intervention while Stanislav Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology provides the necessary theoretical backround. Non Directive Breathwork is also closely related to the therapeutic methods of Latin American shamans.


Using breathing, the basic human function, both as a vehicle and as a mean, the individual experiences regression into his own story in a unique and vivid way. What will emerge is different from one person to another as well as from one session to another. However the outcome will always be therapeutic accompanied by feelings of deep relaxation, calmness, escalation of the senses and self- liberation which is very similar to a mystical experience.


The group is working in couples (breather- sitter) during the sessions and the breathing time depends on the group experience. Loud, ecstatic, ethnic music is used as a stimulus in order to trigger senses during the experience.


Sharing in the group always follows by using art techniques (mandala, masque etc), group therapeutic methods and self- reference to the experience. The final goal is the activation of inner- healer, personal development and trauma resolution as well as the activation through “different point of views” and their direct impact in our everyday life.


Aristides Stournaras was born in Athens in 1971. He studied medicine and acquired the speciality of psychiatry of children and adolescents in the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica. At the same time, he was trained in psychotherapy and animation groups following the psycho-pedagogical system of Non-Directive Intervention Approach (NDI), taught by French psycho-pedagogical and thinker Michel Lobrot. He is also specialized in the diagnosis and assessment of ADHD and is one of the founding members of the unique scientific body dealing with ADHD in Greece.


Within the specialty of co-worked since 2000 in extra-and intra-hospital within psychosocial care and deinstitutionalization adults, children and adolescents in the public and private sector in Greece (Leros, Athens, Katerini, Cyclades, Rafina, Chania).


In 2005 he founded in Athens the center of psychosocial interventions’ ‘Mitos’ which is active so far in the field of mental health. Since the beginning of 2008 he transferred the base of ‘Mitos” in Crete and started cooperative actions with the psychotherapist N. Pateraki that continue until today. He is actively practicing psychotherapy (> 1700 hours / year), while in 2013 presents for the first time a new synthetic system of wound healing under the name Non Directional Work through breathing (Non Directive Breathwork) or Psychonaftiki art


Today, he is in private practice in Chania and Rethymnon and is particularly concerned with education facilitators, psychotherapists, teachers and other professional groups.