The healing power of photography
Therapeutic Photography does not mean just only photo-taking. It also includes other photo-interactive activities, such as photo-viewing, -posing, -planning, -discussing, or even just only remembering or imagining photographs.
Every snapshot a person takes or keeps is also a type of self-portrait a kind of mirror-with-memory reflecting back those moments and people that were special enough to be frozen in time forever.
The intended goal is to produce positive change in individuals, couples, or families. There are many ways"that"photographs"are"used"therapeutically"and"dozens" of techniques in which they are used within therapy. Creating, viewing, or sharing photographs are different ways that all of these techniques assist in therapy
The first is using photographs, which have been taken or created by the client. These photographs are used because the person' created' this' photograph' for' a' reason' and' that' reason' contains' important' psychological and emotional information related' to the person.
Photographs of the clients taken by other people allow the client to see the many ways that other people view them.
Self portraits or photographs made by the client of themselves allows the client to explore
themselves as well as assist in the conversation about the way in which the client views themselves. Family albums or any photographs that the client'has'saved'show'who'and'what'is'valued'in'the'clients'world'and'may'create'a' story of the clients past as well as lifestyle.
Finally, there are photo projective situations, which is when the client discovers personal meanings and memories while viewing any photograph. A famous says,“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Through photographs and the reactions that they invoke in people, therapists are able to approach their client’s needs from an entirely different angle, often discovering underlying thoughts and feelings.
Imagine if every photo was an opportunity to start speaking out about your own feeling , depression, anxiety or silence.
Here are a few ways that photography can be therapeutically beneficial:
Motivation to get outside and connect with nature
Provides a shift in perspective (you’re literally looking through a new/different lens, often seeing the world differently)
You begin searching for and finding beauty in the world
Photography acts as non-verbal communication, which can be huge when dealing with issues like depression or anxiety
You gain control of how you frame the world
Your photos can provide powerful self-expression and reflection
Photographs often allow positive feedback from others,
Also taking somebody else photo of you can be therapeutic to be aware how people see you, the beauty that each one has that you can not see but others do
The act of taking or editing the photos is very therapeutic and also working with your photos afterwards can be as well (asking questions about them, writing stories about them, etc.).
Your photos from the past can also provide powerful insights and reminders as you continue throughout life, showing you how your perspective of yourself and the world has changed over time and/or how you have grown as a person.
If you’re interested in learning more about therapeutic photography and how it can be used to help you with depression and anxiety and low self-esteem you can sign up for my next workshop or try out Photoshoot with me
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