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.

Announcing Your Digital Storytelling Project

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Storytelling is a primitive and ancient tradition, yet can inspire as well as create soulful images. This is an invitation to explore one’s life from a new lens. Storytelling in the digital age has more capacity to actualize your imaginative potential and allow yourself room for creative expression. 

The purpose of this group is to open up a creative space for storytelling through digital media. You will identify a life experience that you would like to develop into a Digital Story Project, using your own digital media, sound recordings and/or narrative. Or you can develop your own movie or film based project by capturing your own video drama, music, poetry, spoken word, and story or artwork onto a digital format. In this 9 week group you will explore your media and develop a PROJECT idea through brainstorming with other participants. You will then organize, gather additional recordings and edit your media into a 3-5min PROJECT that you can share with others. We will assist you in finding appropriate outlets for social media, such as: YouTube, Vimeo, FaceBook, or Instagram, as long as copyright is not infringed upon. Or to a more private platform like Planet Memorial or Drop Box. 

This group is open to adults (18+ to senior), who have some experience and little resistance to the use of media, apps and/or applications. If you have a trove of media (slides, stills, documents, audio recordings and/or videos) that you have been wanting to do something with but need a safe, creative environment in which to make a meaningful PROJECT, this group will help you get organized and focused on your idea. If you are an artist, performer, or musician and have footage that needs your attention, or if you want to make a tribute to a friend, or family member, in a supportive environment, this group is for you. The Digital Story Project could also be beneficial for a small group of friends or family members who want to work on the same project. 

If you need help with ideas or brainstorming, we are trained in coaching and nurturing creative potential. Also, if you don’t have experience editing and don’t want to invest in an editing system, we can help you find free apps to use in this group, on your iPhone, android, or tablet. If you have experience with editing, we can help with trouble shooting some technical aspects of certain systems. We can also recommend less expensive software on either a Mac or PC. 

Please consult with us for details.



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