PhotoTherapy, Therapeutic Photography, &
Related Techniques

About the ‘why’ of your photographs — and the feelings and stories they create…

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PhotoTherapy techniques are therapy practices that use people’s personal snapshots, family albums, and pictures taken by others (and the feelings, thoughts, memories, and associations these photos evoke) as catalysts to deepen insight and enhance communication during their therapy or counselling sessions (conducted by trained mental health professionals), in ways not possible using words alone. Learn more about PhotoTherapy techniques.

PhotoTherapy Techniques Workshop - Judy Weiser

Photo-Art-Therapy techniques are a sub-category of PhotoTherapy techniques done only by trained Art Therapists. Learn more about Photo-Art-Therapy techniques.

Therapeutic Photography techniques are photographic* practices done by people themselves (or their helpers) in situations where the skills of a trained therapist or counselor are not needed — for example, where photo-interactive activities are used to increase people’s own self-knowledge, awareness, and well-being, improve their relationships with family and others, activate positive social change, reduce social exclusion, assist rehabilitation, strengthen communities, deepen intercultural relations, lessen conflict, bring attention to issues of social injustice, sharpen visual literacy skills, enhance education, expand qualitative research and prevention methodologies, and produce other kinds of photo-based personal/emotional healing and learning. Learn more about Therapeutic Photography techniques.

*Therapeutic Photography does not mean just only photo-taking.
It also includes other photo-interactive activities, such as photo-viewing, -posing, -planning, -discussing, or even just only remembering or imagining photographs.

Not limited to printed photographs, both PhotoTherapy and Therapeutic Photography techniques can be used with any kind of photographic imagery — both film and digital, both still and moving — therefore also in applications such as VideoTherapy, Therapeutic Videography (Therapeutic Film-making) and other related techniques.

Since these techniques are about photography as emotional communication, rather than photography as art, no prior experience with cameras or the photographic arts is needed.

And finally, since all these techniques involve people interacting with their own unique visual constructions of reality, they can be particularly successful with people for whom verbal communication is difficult for physical, mental, or emotional reasons, as well as those in situations of social exclusion.

Please explore this site further to learn how these photo-based techniques can help people get a better picture of their life — one that is worth far more than the proverbial thousand words!

Judy Weiser, Psychologist, Art Therapist, consultant, trainer, University Adjunct Faculty, international lecturer, and author, is considered the world authority on the techniques of PhotoTherapy, Therapeutic Photography, Photo-Art-Therapy, VideoTherapy and other related techniques. Founder and Director of the PhotoTherapy Centre in Vancouver, Canada — and author of dozens of professional articles as well as the classic book in the field — she now lectures and gives Introductory Educational Workshops and Advanced Training Intensives about these techniques internationally. Learn more about Judy Weiser.


Next Events:

1)  Spring, 2018 (one Saturday morning between January and May; actual date will be selected soon) | Vancouver, CANADA:   

4-hour Invited Adler University Graduate Student Academic Course (open to guests with Instructor’s permission)Introduction to Using PhotoTherapy Techniques in Art Therapy and other Counselling/Therapy Practices.  Saturday morning (9:30 am to 1:30 pm). More information

2)  March 9-11, and March 17, 2018 (In collaboration with the 2018 Perugia Social Photo Fest Conference, Workshops, and Exhibitions) | Perugia ITALY:  

3-day Master Class / “Workshop” (open to everyone interested):   A Photo is worth far more than a thousand words: Using personal photographs to improve people’s lives!  Adapting PhotoTherapy Techniques for use in Therapeutic Photography & Social Action Photography practices” — Friday March 9 through Sunday March 11, 2018. More information
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1-hour Invited Lecture Presentation during the 2-day PSPF Conference  (Saturday, March17):  “Expanding the Framework: A better way of looking at the PhotoTherapy — Therapeutic Photography Continuum”.  More information

3)  Just starting to plan:  Autumn, 2018 | Los Angeles, California (USA):  

 2-day or 3-day Introductory Workshop:  “Introduction to PhotoTherapy Techniques for Therapists, Counselors, and other Mental Health Professionals”   More information


Just starting to plan:  March, 2019 | Tuscany or Umbria, ITALY:  

6-day Intensive Training in Judy Weiser’s PhotoTherapy Techniques (as part of a 7-day residential retreat) for advance-level/experienced Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and other similar-level Mental Health Professionals — NOT for “Beginners”!   More information

5) Just starting to plan:  Spring 2019 | Evia (Euboea), GREECE:  Two different 7-day retreats (each one is 5 days Workshop + 2 days residential retreat) no prior therapy background necessary!  — on the gorgeous Island of Evia (Prokopi, Euboea) — just a short drive from Athens

First Week (for Coaches & interested others):   “Adapting PhotoTherapy Techniques for use in Coaching practices:  Help your clients get a “better picture” of their lives”  More information
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Second Week (for everyone):   “Picture Yourself Happier! Creative Self-Inquiry and Self-Discovery through guided explorations with your own snapshots”   More information

➜ For additional events, please see the “Upcoming Events” page of this website.


Find out how these techniques are being used all over the world — this growing list of over 100 people can help you find others with similar interests, related organizations and projects, or let you submit your own information to be included! Click here to find out Who is Doing What, Where.

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