Photo Therapy is an incredible process that works extremely well with those living with weight preoccupation. The use of photographs and projected imagery in therapy has a way of providing those living with weight concerns with an opportunity to "see" what keeps them focused on their bodies and personal appearance. Sadly, weight preoccupation starts at a very early age. It is up to us to be aware of the signs and seek help for those in need as soon as possible.
I provide services of children, youths, adults and seniors, because weight preoccupation doesn't discriminate. Uncovering the reasons behind the preoccupation itself requires patience and awareness of the individuals needs. Identifying the source underneath the preoccupation is where Photo Therapy is most beneficial.
When I talk about photo therapy and its connection with self-esteem and body image, I do so with a sense of knowing that although it is a powerful process that has been around for decades, many are still unaware of it. As for most creative therapies, the misconception behind the word therapy overshadows its potential and value. Sadly enough, because therapy is seen as a weakness, most people who are in need of help are just too embarrassed or afraid to ask for it. Unfortunately, these individuals are often the ones that are in need of it the most.
So how do we overcome this misconception that is attached to the word therapy? I have found that the best way to overcome anything is through experience. By giving people an opportunity to experience the process for themselves they have a chance to see and feel its potential and value first hand. This article is designed to do just that. While it provides an account of a client’s personal journey through photo therapy and self acceptance, it also allows you to engage in the process and offer your own interpretation and insight. And who knows, maybe you will find a connection where you didn’t expect to find one.
So tell me what you see when you look at this photograph.
“When I look at this photograph I see a girl that keeps herself hidden from the world. She’s feels ashamed and embarrassed about the way she looks. She’s fat and ugly and has nothing to offer anyone. Yes, I know this sounds dramatic, but I can’t help how I feel. You asked me to tell you how I’m feeling and, well, what’s the point of that if I can’t be honest about it. I mean that’s what I’m here for right?”
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