The term “Therapeutic Photography” is the making of photos for one’s own personal healing, insight and exploration and where, “the goal is to produce positive change in individuals” – Judy Weiser
Relax and enjoy a creative workshop in therapeutic photography utilising a mindful approach to photographing the beautiful world around us.
Through this medium, we help our students to develop a rewarding hobby that gives them an inspiring way to create something new. To tell their own unique story and to see the world in a different way.
Have you been facing personal challenges and been looking for a new direction?
Are you looking for emotional support in a creative and rewarding way?
Therapeutic photography is a tool in the toolbox of art therapy that is a non-verbal way of expressing how you feel in an easier way than talking.
Your instructor, Sisi, is a fully qualified Transpersonal Arts Counsellor (MCGI BACP). The Transpersonal approach to counselling is a holistic approach which aims to look at the human being as a whole through body, mind and spirit. See, Tobias School of Art & Therapy where I trained for further details.
Sisi can offer group workshops in Therapeutic Photography and also one-one sessions using PhotoTherapy techniques to help process difficult emotions. Grief, bereavement, childhood trauma, body image and self-acceptance can be explored. During a one-one counselling session, not only are existing photos used as a catalyst to explore a client’s memories, thoughts and feelings, but they can be actively taken as well. https://phototherapy-centre.com/ – Judy Weiser
“As a catalyst for change, a creative photographic approach can help achieve this, assisting the bereaved to create meaning from their loss. Research has shown that positive evaluation of bereavement experiences can help to produce resilient rather than vulnerable survivors” – Mike Simmons
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Sisi taught a weekend workshop in July 2019 entitled “Explore the therapeutic benefits of phototherapy and therapeutic photography techniques.” The participants were impressed by Sisi’s management and depth of the course material. The theory and practice elements were well balanced and the students felt inspired by her. Her course delivery was excellent and preparation very thorough. Sisi will be asked to teach again at Tobias.
Tobias School of Art and Therapy, Sussex, UK
Here is a video about the summer course I ran at Tobias School of Art & Therapy in 2019
“Beautiful sharing of material and possible applications”
“Interesting practical and social”
“I went into the course with an open mind. I really think there was a good balance of everything both theory and practice.”
Emptiness, Stillness and Loneliness
The American photographer, Robert Adams described landscape photography as being a mirror of what goes on inside you. In his words, “There is always a subjective aspect in landscape art, something in the picture that tells us as much about who is behind the camera as about what is in front of it.”
I began using therapeutic photography as a way to come to terms with, process and accept the loss of the man I had loved in my life, Michael.
Through my photography, I found I was able to mirror my feelings as I went for walks and took photos as I reflected on what I saw in front of me.
In one image, the subdued light and body of water represented an empty void in the way that I felt bereft from my loss.
Another image, centred around a broken tree branch floating on the water, depicted stillness and a loss of life.
Have you been bereaved and are looking for a creative outlet?
Processing Bereavement Through Re-enactment Photography
I decided to work with an actress and a child actor to re-tell my story of the traumatic events leading up to Michael’s death. By taking on the role of director and positioning myself behind the camera, it gave me some emotional distance from the events. It also put me in a position of power which was far more liberating than feeling utterly helpless.
Facing the trauma head-on and putting myself through it again became an emotional release and a form of cathartic healing.
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