Photography Therapy uses techniques and personal pictures, family albums, self-portraits and pictures taken by other people. In addition, the feelings, thoughts, memories, and beliefs these photos bring to mind can deepen insight during sessions.
Consequently, communication is enhanced during sessions. What was previously difficult or impossible to talk about can be given a voice using photography therapy activities.
Photography therapy can help people express feelings, emotions and thoughts that may be difficult to explain in words. But, of course, since you don’t know where to begin, you don’t. However, talking about a photo is often a good place to start.
Firstly, photography is an activity that provides you with some needed space. As a result, you can take time out from your day and address feelings of depression, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed.
Secondly, photography can improve well-being—particularly confidence and self-esteem. We need time for ourselves. More ‘us’ time helps us to be more connected to our true selves rather than chasing someone else’s idea of ourselves.
Moreover, most people have a camera they carry with them all the time. A smartphone is all that’s needed to tell your story. Photography therapy gives you a space to do it.
In conclusion, making a photograph helps us to focus on the now. Looking at our pictures can help give a ‘voice’ to things we cannot talk about and give us insights into our attitudes and feelings.
Use photography as therapy for depression, anxiety, self-esteem and other emotional health challenges.