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 asprojective 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
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
Healing Through Imagery
Anyone, with any kind of camera, can do Therapeutic Photography.
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.
Self-Portraiture for Healing
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
Healing Can Be Artful and Fun
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.