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The healing power of photography

June 10, 2017

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.


 Photo: The butterfly Effect Photography


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


You ca see my work  true my Blog The Butterfly Effect Photography 





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