06 July 2011

Art fixes life: cinema therapy

Stories have always inspired and healed people. A therapist explains why he finds cinema therapy so effective in helping people through trauma and recovery.

Stories have inspired and healed many people since the dawn of humankind. Tom Pecca, a trauma and addictions therapist, explains how and why he finds modern-day stories via cinema  so effective in helping people through trauma and recovery.

In its simplest terms cinema therapy can be described as, the use of film to evoke, emotion, movement or to make a therapeutic point to a client in therapy. It has also been described as “a therapeutic process in which clients and therapists discuss themes and characters in popular films that relate to core issues of ongoing therapy (Hesley, 1997)".


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