What is Therapeutic Filmmaking?

Therapeutic filmmaking is an approach to therapy that combines, on the one hand, traditional talk therapy sessions with, on the other hand, the client’s first-person or auto-documentary filmmaking.

This therapeutic approach is based on support from psychological research, film theory, psychological theory, and personal experiences with filmmaking. The process of brainstorming, writing, shooting, and editing films allows people multiple opportunities to story their experiences, learn better communication and problem-solving skills, examine their problems from multiple perspectives (literally multiple angles), and rewrite their problems in more productive ways.

Want to learn more about this process? Check out our post about what Therapeutic Filmmaking looks like in practice for more information.

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