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 photo-therapist’s engage in.

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 represent a diverse collection with images chosen to evoke a feeling response by the person who selects them.  The images can be used in many ways that evoke sharing and reflection.



By Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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