What is PhotoTherapy?

Insight Through Imagery  


PhotoTherapy is the use of photographs in a therapy session to connect people with their (often elusive) internal worlds. 

We use your personal snapshots and photo albums (paper or digital) to access deep parts of yourself and the often hidden messages you've received from your family and the many experiences of your life that still shape your life.

Strictly speaking, PhotoTherapy is the use of photos as
projective stimuli to cue memories, stimulate ideas, and to ignite meaningful personal insights. The memories, ideas, and insights are the clients as are the interpretation of these insights. The therapist is a guide asking meaningful questions about what the client sees and feels in relationship to a photo.

The Importance of Visual Imagery

  • From the moment we open our eyes as infants we start taking and cataloging pictures.The images are, at first, hazy and blended together.
  • As time goes on, countless images added to our visual memories and become a part of our identities and view of our worlds. ​
  • As infants we have no names or definitions for all that we see—but these early images become a key part of our history and our identity.
  • Images are powerfully linked to our memories and deepest feelings. 


The Comprehensive Resource Site (and person!) 


​My friend and colleague Judy Weiser, the Grand-Dam of the international 

PhotoTherapy community, teacher, trainer, therapist, and author, has the most comprehensive up-to-date website on all things PhotoTherapy. She has written the primary text, PhotoTherapy Techniques,  used by photo therapists around the world and has been translated into several languages. ​​​​

PhotoTherapy & Therapeutic Photography

​​​​​Therapeutic Photography

Healing Through Imagery

Anyone, with any kind of camera, can do Therapeutic Photography.


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 Most of us already use photography to increase our self-understanding, cherish the people we love, to document our lives, to capture important milestones and victories, to savor beauty, or to come to grips with tragedy and loss.

Therapeutic Photography makes this natural process conscious and intentional.

  • Therapeutic Photography can be (and is) done by anyone without the help of a trained therapist.
  • The plethora of websites devoted to hosting, sharing, and showcasing non-professional photography provides a wonderful venue for self-expression, identity exploration, validation, and healing


Self-Portraiture for Healing

  • Self-portrait work can be wonderfully healing.
  • for trauma survivors 
  • coping with mental and physical illness
  • personal growth


Just look around: Everywhere we see people with their camera phones clicking images of everything possible! We are compelled to photograph our worlds. 

Therapeutic Photography Can

  • Shift Perspectives
  • Alter Visual Memory
  • Increase Adaptability
  • Boost Resilience
  • Heal Self-image
  • Create Flow
  • Release Creativity


Healing Can Be Artful and Fun

  • I work with you create individualized projects.
  • You don't have to be artistic.
  • I guide you through the process.
  • All you need is a simple camera (on your phone) and an open mind. ​​

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An International Community

A friend and colleague from Italy and Spain, Cristina Nunezwho is a performance artist and trainer conducts self-portrait workshops online and in person.  Have fun exploring her website. Cristina is responsible for my first introduction to the phototherapy community by inviting me to theInternational PhotoTherapy Symposium in Finland in 2011 at the University of Turku.​​​​

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