"The use of photography In a therapeutic setting, under direction of a trained therapist, to reduce or relieve painful psychological symptoms, and as a method of facilitating psychological growth and change". Doug Stewart
With the popularity of smart phones and digital cameras, we take images on a daily bases. We could utilize this common practice into a therapeutic one, which is called Photo-Therapy.
Photo-Therapy has been around since early days of photography, but now we have the advantage of social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on. Unfortunately most of the time the social media is used in a non-therapeutic and sometimes even harmful ways. According to some recent research, people get more depressed by spending more time on Facebook and other social media. It doesn't have to be that way. We have this inherent need to produce and communicate in images, which could be a great asset for us in this time and era.
The language of our inner psyche (unconscious) is imagery and by practicing communication through images we build a bridge that can facilitate the dialog between our most inner part of psyche with our consciousness.
"Most of us do not think in words but in images". John Suler
"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak". John Berger
I use Photo-Therapy in my private practice as another available intervention to help my clients to understand and express themselves in a non-threatening way. An intervention that suits our young generation and our age of social media.
If interested in knowing more about my Photo-Therapy sessions contact me. You could also join my meet up group “Photo Therapy” in order to participate in our biweekly meetings.
Taking pictures can be therapeutic by allowing us to focus our attention to something outside of ourselves. We search for an object or image that feels right and then capture it. We project our inner images and feelings in to these outer objects. When we look at these images later on, we are able to remember, and re-experience the feelings that we had at the time of capturing them. Processing these feelings are therapeutic.