Therapeutic Filmmaking Institute

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Welcome to the Therapeutic Filmmaking Institute!
Here at the Institute, we engage in:
  • Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
  • Research/Writing
  • Professional Development
  • Community Outreach
  • . . . all related to therapeutic filmmaking.
Therapeutic filmmaking is:
A novel form of psychotherapy that combines, on the one hand, traditional talk therapy sessions with, on the other hand, the client’s first-person or autodocumentary filmmaking.

This therapeutic approach is based on support from psychological research, film theory, psychological theory, and personal experiences with filmmaking. The process of brainstorming, writing, shooting, and editing films allows people multiple opportunities to story their experiences, learn better communication and problem-solving skills,
examine their problems from multiple perspectives (literally multiple angles), and rewrite their problems in more productive ways.
This therapeutic process allows people to make sense of events that may have been experienced without words, or that were felt too deeply in the body to fully work through with talk therapy alone.  Therapeutic filmmaking allows people a unique opportunity to tell their story and learn from their experiences through the awesome power of film as an artistic, therapeutic, communicative medium.
For more information about therapeutic filmmaking, or to inquire about our services, please contact us - we would be happy to hear from you.

Therapeutic Filmmaking Institute * Edmonton, Alberta, Canada