Therapeutic Photography

What and why Therapeutic Photography

While I was researching about the therapeutic benefits of photography I came across a lot of information online. I’ve discovered that in 2018, researcher at Lancaster University found that taking a daily photo improved wellbeing through: 

  • self-care
  • community, group interaction
  • the potential for reminiscing about past events

The act of taking a moment to be mindful while looking for something unusual or different in the day to photograph were also seen as positive well-being benefits of this practice. 

There are more and more community groups around the world that are focusing on using art therapy and now specifically photography to overcome, emotional and physical traumas, and mental health issues.

  • Art, no matter what form we use, allows to express our feelings in a symbolic manner
  • Helps to bring focus to positive life experiences, relieving the preoccupation with illness
  • It offers the opportunity to demonstrate continuity and achievement. It challenges and enhances our self-worth
  • Art reduces stress by lowering levels of the cortisol, the stress hormone
  • It helps to escape intense emotions by shifting the focus of our mind into the act of doing something creative that requires attention
  • Creative self-expression can contribute in reconstructing a more positive identity of ourself   

Photography can be a form of presence (present state awareness) very similar to meditation. Often when you’re taking photos, you can find yourself in the “flow”and totally focused in the moment, which is calming for the mind and provides relief from stress.

Art helps people to express experiences that are too difficult or painful to put into words. 

Creating beautiful photos, sharing them and getting positive feed-back from others all contribute in building confidence in ourselves, and with time, puts you in touch with your own inner power which helps you become more comfortable expressing your thoughts and stories with others.

A person’s perspective on themselves and the world can be gradually explored and changed through the process of taking photographs, analysing them and discussing with others. 

These days, Neuroplasticity is showing us that our brain has the ability to change constantly throughout our lives and grow new connections between neurones the whole time. This means that we can change the old neuropaths of behaviour by adopting new behaviours, yes as simple as that!

People are now using therapeutic photography techniques to help themselves and others overcome depression, anxiety, chronic pain and much more. 

I have use it unconsciously at first but as soon as I noticed the powerful healing effects that generated in me, this creative passion became one of the healing tools  I practice every time I feel the need for it because it has helped me so much and in so many ways. 

I now would love to share it with you during our very special Metamorphosis Retreat. 

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