Pictures are not just for aesthetics but are for effectively communicating purposes as well. A therapist could use one’s visual diary to see their chart, document, and reflections on their journey. Through someone’s photos, we can see how the person see things, their thoughts, perception towards things, frustrations, and joys. We see a glimpse of who the person is through the photos he/she takes.
Taking photo has always helped us capture moments that we want to keep. Photographs help us remember beautiful sceneries, happy moments, and even sad events, or any moment that we would want to relieve.
“Photography in and of itself is not merely capturing a factual event in time. There are meanings, motives, and emotions behind the image captured and the one taking the pictures,” says Sam Louie MA, LMHC.
According to John Diamond, MD, “Photography has many purposes. The one that matters to me is to be therapeutic, for I am a therapist, a healer, and I use photography as an essential component of my healing—of self and other sufferers.”
As stated earlier, Therapeutic Photography uses one’s photographs, family albums, or other pictures that evoke feelings, thoughts, memories, and beliefs. The images provide deeper insights which might not be easily conveyed through words alone; this helps communication become more efficient during counseling.
Therapeutic Photography also includes Videotherapy; this type of therapy utilizes still and moving pictures during sessions. Therapeutic Photography works best for people who are not good with communicating verbally. This kind of treatment involves photo-interactive activities such as; photo viewing, posing, planning, discussing, remembering, or imagining photographs. Photographs taken or shown could evoke emotion, helping the therapist figure out things that might not be easy for one to voice out verbally or things that are in their subconsciousness.
Why It Works
Art promotes mindfulness or present state awareness. Photography allows you to be “in the zone” this kind of activity makes you fully immersed, and experience energized focus. As you take photos, you tend to forget everything else to focus on getting the right angle or looking for enough lighting, and just become a part of something bigger.
Photography allows you to interpret things the way you see it. Like art, it shows other’s perspective and your perspectives as well. It’s looking at things in someone else’s point of view and also showing your point of views. Photography could be one’s diversion. You don’t need to have a degree or be a professional to take photos. There is no right or wrong way of taking pictures; the important thing is that you are having fun.
“There is now a wide availability of digital equipment and software today for image creation and communication not only through a computer screen, but also via personal cellular phones and other compact devices,” says Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC. “One can create imagery by using an endless variety of painting and drawing apps, or simply manipulate images through various collage software, apps or online programs.”
Best Places To Take Pictures In British Columbia
Among widely photographed thing around the world are sceneries, landmarks, and landscapes. Not only are these photos good to look at; they also evoke feelings such as calm and peace. These kinds of photographs could also reveal one’s views toward their surroundings.
In Canada, British Columbia is one of those provinces that are abundant with national parks, beaches, rainforest, islands, mountains, and abundant wildlife. Located in the West Coast, British Columbia is one of Canada’s photography paradise.
It is a 22-hectare Sunken, Rose, Italian, Japanese, and Mediterranean mixed landscape. Located at Brentwood bay Vancouver; walk and take photos amongst the beautiful plants and flowers in any season of the year. Enjoy the fresh air, some afternoon tea, and carousel rides.
Pacific Rim National Reserve
Divided into three separate regions; surfer’s destination the Long Beach, Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail. Surf, swim or walk in the sand, feel the water as you walk along the shore to watch the sunrise or the sunset, the Pacific Rim National Reserve also houses the Wild Pacific trail.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension bridge is known for being one of Vancouver’s top attraction. Hanging above the treetops and Capilano River, the bridge stretches for 450 feet. Situated West of Vancouver, this is where you would also find recreational places such as the Treetop Adventure Park, the Cliff walk, Story Centre, and Canyon Lights.
Canada’s public park surrounded by the Vancouver Harbor and English Bay; Stanley Park is one of the country’s largest urban park. Famous for its Seawall and for being situated near natural rainforests, beautiful beaches, and local wildlife. Walk or bike along the trails and visit landmarks, monuments, totem poles, and beautiful gardens as you stroll along.
Visiting the following places doesn’t mean you would have to limit yourself to just taking photos. Each spot also offers different recreational activities that could help you relieve stress or to help with easing your anxiety.
For some people with particular mental illness, stepping outside of their home is already a big step. You can start with something small, as things within your home. Keep in mind that what’s important is that whichever photo you take, it would represent you, that in the end, it would help communicate how you feel, better than any other way of communication would.