Film/Video-Based Therapy

Video and FIlmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice Edited by Joshua L Cohen and J. Lauren Johnson with Penelope Orr and a Foreword by Cathy Malchiodi

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This website is intended to create a collaboration between filmmakers, psychologists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and art therapists in forming a discussion about the use of film and video based therapy. The content of the webpage is intended to be an appendix to the book Film and Video as Therapy:Research and Practice, to be published by Routledge in 2015. To order the book, please visit the following website


In addition to promoting the book to help raise awareness of this intervention, we hope to gain feedback on the blog by facilitating communications with those interested in fostering the growth of this concept through questions, concerns, and/or ideas.  



Please feel free to explore the space within the webpage and ask questions on the blog.


This interactive space is meant to stir up questions as well as to inspire creativity and rethinking what it means to be a creative therapist


The use of film and video in/as therapy has a decades-long history in practice. Early work in this field included the post-World War II use of experimental, non-narrative films to calm veterans suffering from shell shock, and the 1970s saw boys in a group creating short films together to foster group cohesion, mastery skills, and better communication. With the advent of portable video equipment in the 1970s, female artists began turning the camera on themselves, making them the object of their own gaze. The precursor to the selfie’ Despite this fact, there is a dearth of literature on the theory and practice of using film/video production as therapy and the multidisciplinary practitioners who support its use. Copious literature exists discussing the use of several related media in a therapeutic context, such as photography, writing, drawing, music, and drama, but this body of literature is virtually vacant of film/video as a therapeutic medium. Despite the fact that there is little writing in this area, numerous practitioners from around North America and Europe are quietly working in this area – often independently, as the community of practitioners in this field is still quite small and geographically scattered. In an effort to build community among film/video-based therapy practitioners, and to introduce our work to others in our broader practice and research communities, we introduce this edited book on the theory and practice of film/video-based therapy. Representing the fields of anthropology, psychology, and art therapy, and perspectives as diverse as psychodynamic theory, and narrative theory, this book is the quintessential introductory resource for film/video-based therapy. This anthology is intended as an introductory foundation for the broad array of work we do in this exciting field, and is intended to introduce, justify, and explicate our practice to a broader audience.

Author Biographies

Kim Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW

Beatriz Wallace, M.A.



Kim Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, was an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia, U.S.A., where she taught clinical practice and evaluation courses at the graduate level.  As highlighted in her book, Enhancing Resilience in Survivors of Family Violence (Anderson, 2010), Dr. Anderson’s scholarship bridges gaps between theory and practice by offering conceptual frameworks that capture the interplay of trauma and resilience for survivors of family violence and mental health practitioners.

Kim M. Anderson, UCF is now in Florida and a Professor in the School of Social Work and Public Affairs Doctoral Program, focuses on trauma recovery and resilience in populations impacted by violence.  For 25 years she has practiced and conducted research in the trauma field.  Her book Enhancing Resilience in Survivors of Family Violence (Anderson, 2010), provides empirical findings and conceptual insights for professionals to assist people affected by violence and oppression to cultivate their strengths and resilient capacities.   The book’s findings are being used in training and in the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s on-line manual:   Trauma-Informed Care:  Best Practices and Protocols for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs, Second Edition, 2013.  Dr. Anderson trains school personnel on CBITS (group intervention) and mental health professionals on TF-CBT (child-parent intervention). Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) are evidence-based interventions for youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with violence exposure and trauma.  In addition, Dr. Anderson has created a digital story curriculum for youth and adults impacted by violence and trained staff on this innovative narrative method.  DS empowers individuals to address difficult experiences in a deliberate manner while giving them creative control and a variety of ways to tell the story.  Such processing allows individuals to elaborate and organize their trauma memories while tolerating negative emotions associated with it.


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Beatriz Wallace, M.A., is a visiting professor in the school of Journalism and Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A., where she teaches multimedia storytelling and critical media studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her visual ethnographies have appeared in the TISCH art gallery, 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers and the annual Visual Communication Conference. Her research explores digital media curricula and strategic communication for higher education, business, and health. 


Brian D. Austin, MPS

Brian Austin, who holds a Master of Professional Studies degree in art therapy, is the Founder and Program Director of the Animation Project, a program that utilizes animation and video to help at-risk youth to focus on their future and skills to improve their lives as well as their careers. Based in New York, NY, Austin is also a professional three-dimensional (3D) animator and art therapist. 

Natalie Carlton M.A.

Ms Carlton is an avid collage artist and researcher who creates with fabric, paper, glue, tape, scissors, and digital media including photography, video, and sound.  She is an art therapy adjunct professor at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, Saint Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, IN, and at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  Natalie is also a private practitioner in Taos, NM where she works and learns alongside children, youth, families and dedicated colleagues

Josh Cohen Ph.D.

Dr. Cohen received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in depth at Pacifica Graduate Institute, a Masters in General Psychology from Walden University, and a Bachelors in Film and Anthropology at Colorado College where he hosted a seminar on Cinematherapy in 1997. In his clinical training, he addressed many conditions in the DSM. He has worked in hospitals, clinics, and private practice using video and creativity as an intervention. He presented his dissertation findings on film based therapy at the APA Convention in 2013 and as a guest speaker in a medical setting. He works in Beverly Hills, California.


Jon Ehinger, ATR-BC,LCAT

Jon Ehinger, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a licensed and board certified art therapist, multimedia artist, and educator who works in Brooklyn, NY. He developed a new media mental health art therapy program integrating hands-on computer activities, video green screening, digital photography and Photoshop technologies for therapy with acute psychiatric patients. He works with a creative arts therapy specialization in electronic arts/video combining traditional therapy modalities with new media for child, teen, and adult psychiatric populations.

Lauren Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Lauren Johnson is a filmmaker, psychologist, and the founder of the Therapeutic Filmmaking Institute. After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production (York University), she received a Master of Science (University of Calgary) in Applied Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (University of Alberta) in Counselling Psychology. She works in private practice specializing in working with women and members of First Nations in Calgary, Alberta.

Joe Kavitski, M.A.

Joe Kavitski, M.A., is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and writer with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from New York University. His work with individuals suffering from acute mental illness incorporates a variety of creative techniques, including the integration of digital media technologies in an art therapy context. He is also an Advanced Level Reiki practitioner.


Yarden Kerem, M.A. 

Yarden Kerem has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree and is based in Jerusalem, Israel. Yarden is the Director of the Videotherapy Department in Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts as well as the Director and Certifying Coordinator of the Videotherapy Center. In addition to this work, she is a Trainer and Teacher in the therapeutic technique of Focusing at The Focusing Institute. 

Carolyn McGurl, PsyD,

Winston Seegobin, PsyD, Elizabeth Hamilton,PhD,

Mark McMinn, Ph.D. 


Carolyn McGurl graduated from Messiah College where she studied psychology and minored in counseling and children and youth services.  She moved from New York to Oregon to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology at George Fox University.  She completed her dissertation with the help of a grief and loss center for children and adolescents utilizing a unique technological intervention.  (if you wish to learn more about this place, please click here.) Carolyn completed her doctoral internship at Philhaven in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania in the child and adolescent track.  

 Mark McMinn, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University. He is a licensed psychologist in Oregon, a fellow and former president of APA’s Division 36, Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, and board certified in clinical psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. His research interests include the integration of psychology and Christianity, positive psychology, clergy-psychology collaboration, and technology in psychological practice.

Winston Seegobin PsyD:

Winston Seegobin received his PsyD in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University. He is currently Director of Diversity and Professor of clinical psychology in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University. His primary research areas include international psychology, multicultural psychotherapy, psychology and religion, and hope and resilience in positive psychology. 

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