People need therapy for all sorts of reasons; family problems, traumatic experiences, anxiety, etc. However, not everyone is completely comfortable with the conventional types of therapy. Sitting in an isolated room with someone you’ve never met before and talking about your issues can be a little scary or even intimidating to some people. Which is why, therapists and psychologists have started to find new and abstract methods of delivering therapy to their patients. Photography therapy is one such method that is been used widely around the world.


It doesn’t really feel like therapy

Going around taking pictures of your family members and the nature around you feels more like a fun activity than actual therapy. Therefore, people tend to be less reluctant to try this technique as a way of detaching them from their fears and anxieties.

Even patients who don’t believe in the concept of therapy are open to this because it ultimately becomes something they enjoy. You don’t necessarily need to be with a therapist to practise this. A close friend or a family member could guide you after being instructed by a therapist.


It facilitates healing through happiness

Photography tends to be a very effective form of therapy for soldiers who suffer from anxiety disorders including PTSD. They are encouraged to see the good in the world around them through the lens. Instead of focusing on the trauma that surrounded them when they were in the war zone, soldiers get to surround themselves with happiness, beauty and peace through photography.


It works on individuals of any age

Certain therapeutic measures for anxiety such as CBT only work on people of a certain emotional age. Photography and other forms of art therapy are different to this as it can be taken up by anyone with the ability to handle a small camera.

Someone who has hyperactivity or anxiety at a very young age could take up photography and continue it throughout their lifetime. It will become a hobby as well as a healing process that helps them whenever they need it.


It is very effective on people with physical disabilities

People who have lost their limbs or mobility due to an accident or some other traumatic situation can make use of photography as a form of mental rehabilitation. Talking to a therapist about the depression and frustration that they feel can be even more discouraging for certain individuals.

However, going out into the real world and using a camera to discover it will make them feel more capable and independent. Some patients who started photography as a form of therapy even progress into making it their full-time profession.