The use of photographs in art therapy

Photographs can be used in therapy in many ways and there is a very good website dedicated to phototherapy which includes articles and examples of the work that phototherapist’s do.

I have found that using photographs in art therapy groups provides an enjoyable way of sharing ideas related to our choice of photographs and for individuals in the group and also the therapist to introduce themselves to each other in a fun and easy way.  Over the years since I was first introduced to the idea of using found imagery in art therapy groups, I have taken many photographs of objects and scenes that I intend to be a diverse collection with images that are chosen to evoke a feeling response by the person who selects them.  Below are a few examples of images that have been chosen by people as a way of introducing themselves to others in the group.DSCF6003.jpgIMG_1878.jpgIMG_9849.jpgIMG_6286.jpg


As participants talk about their choices, it opens up discussion in a fun way, and personal insights are gained, and also a new understanding of others.


The Journey Begins with a LEAP

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LEAP – Life Enhancing Art Psychotherapy

My journey into art therapy began many years ago when as a teenager I had a serious road accident which left me with injuries that changed the way I was able to live my life.  While recovering physically and also trying to come to terms with the damage emotionally, I used art materials to explore my feelings about the seemingly unjust lessons that life had dished out to me.  I made clay figures and then squidged them, I drew and painted and sang my way out of a very difficult time in my life.  This was a natural process for me as I am lucky enough to have always had art materials around, and find it easy to play and explore.

Many years later when I trained as an art therapist in Crawford college of Art and Design, I came to understand that this is something that many people do not find easy, often because they did not have positive art making experience during their time at school.  One of the key components to art therapy, is being able to relax and play with the art materials, so in initial art therapy sessions I facilitate playful ways of exploring emotions while using art materials in a safe and non-judgemental way.

My Leap experience has given me an opportunity to draw from the wealth of my experiential teachings and trust in the fabulous process of life.  I invite you to also take the Leap.


Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton