PhotoTherapy Techniques --
Exploring the Secrets of Personal Snapshots and Family Albums
Judy Weiser, R.Psych., A.T.R., Director, PhotoTherapy
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"Judy Weiser is developing an interesting and useful way of using photography for stimulation of personal growth. I think it holds great promise for therapeutic purposes." -- Virginia Satir, D.S.S., June 26, 1984
Weiser is a real pioneer in this field and one of the best teachers and therapists in the entire world. Her book is a must for any psychotherapist wanting to use photographs in therapyand contains a number of very useful guidelines and suggestions for our work. I myself, being an experienced psychotherapist and psychiatrist was very much helped by reading her book." -- Pro. Rodolfo de Bernart, M.D., Psych.; Direttore, Istituto di Terapia Familiare di Firenze; Profession of Family Therapy an Psychiatry, faculty of Medicine, Universitites of Siena and Florence, Italy (April 10, 2012)
live in a world of photographic images, and it is
time to engage them psychologically. Judy Weiser's
wide-ranging ideas and methods will expand and deepen
the creative arts professions." -- Shaun
McNiff, Provost of Endicott College, and President-Elect
of the American Art Therapy Association
a tremendous gap in the literature... Therapists,
psychologists, mental health professionals, educators,
and expressive arts therapists will find this book
an invaluable resource." -- Cathy
Malchiodi, Director of the Institute for the Arts
& Health, and Faculty, Lesley University and Philips
valuable addition for therapists of all mental health
disciplines. An innovative and fascinating modality
for therapy. Weiser's writing style is engaging as
she presents case examples that are clinically sound"
-- Helen Landgarten, Professor
Emeritus, Loyola Marymount University, and author
of Family Art Psychotherapy: A Clinical Guide and
thorough, exciting, and most necessary book for all
mental health professionals who wish to expand their
helping repertoires... Lucidly brings to light both
the theory and practice of PhotoTherapy techniques,
and demonstrates the latent power of photographic
images to help and heal." -- David
Krauss, Ph.D., Psychologist and Co-Editor of PhotoTherapy
in Mental Health
"This book opened me up to a new world, where photos can be helpful in therapy. I am studying to be a counselor, and I also have a passion for photography. This book explains how using photos in therapy has nothing to do with beautiful pictures, but rather what has meaning for your clients in their therapy. It is a book that would be welcomed by all therapist." -- Anne Mcneil, Therapy student
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Techniques: Exploring the Secrets of Personal
and Family Albums is the
most comprehensive introduction to the field of PhotoTherapy
available (and is also a great
alternative to taking an introductory training workshop!).
Written by psychologist, art therapist, consultant, instructor,
trainer, and PhotoTherapy pioneer Judy
Weiser, this book explains and demonstrates each of
the major techniques, and provides theoretical rationale
from both psychology and art therapy contexts. It also
includes many photo-illustrated client examples, case
transcripts, and practical experiential "starter" exercises
so that readers can immediately begin using these techniques
in their own practice.
PhotoTherapy Techniques has been reviewed
in more than a dozen professional mental
health journals and numerous public-media articles,
generated a lot of positive feedback
from readers, and is used as a text for several
university courses. It is now also available in Korean translation (Hakjisa Publisher) -- and is currently being translated into Italian also (FrancoAngeli Edizioni).
social workers, counselors, marriage and family
and other mental health professionals who need yearly
professional Continuing Education "CEU" credits in
order to maintain their professional licenses,
can use this book (plus an accompanying test)
a U.S. Continuing Education Provider, "Affect-Plus"
and then select "PhotoTherapy" from their
menu on the left side of that page).
this book has also been
plagiarized! (see two
Click here to
read the about the "Settlement Agreement" regarding
the lawsuit in Italy against Dr. Eduardo Giusti
for "substantially deriving over 90% of 'his'
book" directly (often word-for-word,
page after page) from Weiser's". This
case ended successfully (along with a signed
26, 2006! (Clicka qui per
additional details about this case, see
the message "thread" that
begins here on
the "PhotoTherapy Discussion Group" page
of this site; to read that same message
in Italian, click here].
Click here to
read about portions plagiarized by
Rosy Martin* in
her Chapter in the 1997 book "Feminist
Approaches to Art Therapy" (published
by Routledge; edited by Susan Hogan). [*Note: This is not the same person as the U.K. artist Rosie Martin]
To read the First Chapter of this book (no
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read the Foreword to the second edition of this book
click here for
a 104KB download.
read the Preface of this book (no cost),
click here for
a 950KB download.
view the Table of Contents of this book in
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send these to the PhotoTherapy
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HOW TO BUY THIS BOOK:
in its third printing (and with a new "Foreword"),
the paperback second edition (1999) of PhotoTherapy
Techniques costs $36.95 U.S. or $38.95 Canadian (or £21.99 GBP), PLUS shipping
and handling costs (which will
of course vary, depending on location shipped to).
orders can now be placed directly with
below, as well as through online booksellers. (Click here to order from Amazon)
Wholesaler and Booksellers orders can be placed through the usual channels (such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, etc.) -- or via the "Direct Distributors" listed below.
you encounter any problems with ordering, please
email or phone the
PhotoTherapy Centre directly (604-689-9709),
and you will be helped immediately.
For the Korean translation click here
to see Hakjisa Publishers' webpage for this book.
Distributor for North America:
Booksellers is the North American Distributor
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world-wide). Click here or
phone them toll-free, at: 1-800-361-6120 (or locally
to: 416-944-0962). The cost is $38.95 Canadian dollars (or USD$ 36.95),
plus shipping and handling charges.
Several copies are also available for purchase directly from the Bookstore at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, N.M., where Weiser is now teaching on an ongoing basis.
and Europe (as
well as for other countries where shipping from England
will be cheaper than from North America):
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Please note: When
placing orders, it
might help to refer to the book's "ISBN number": 0-9685619-O-X
Photographs as Therapeutic Tools
Seeing Other Perspectives: Examining Photographs of
Clients Taken by Others
The Five Techniques of PhotoTherapy
Metaphors of Self-Construction: Reflecting on Photographs
Taken or Collected by Clients
The Projective Process: Using Photographic Images to
Explore Client Perceptions, Values, and Expectations
Photo-Systems: Reviewing Family Albums and Photo-Biographical
Working with Self-Portraits: Understanding the Images
Clients Make of Themselves
Using PhotoTherapy to Promote Healing and Personal Growth
Journal of the American Art Therapy Association; Autumn
1995, 12:3, pp. 200-201:
Techniques is a long-awaited and much needed text...
Weiser's anecdotes are clinically sound and very moving...
Her book reads as an informative journal full with rich
examples of applications. This book is what its title
promises: an exploration of the secrets of personal
snapshots and family albums... The recommended readings
are very timely and appropriate. This book affords everybody
the opportunity to, as Jung once said, trust that which
Julia G. Byers, M.A., A.T.R., Art Therapy Department,
Concordia University (now Director of Expressive Therapy
Masters Program, Lesley University)
American Psychological Association Division of Psychology
& the Arts Newsletter; Summer 1994, p.24:
book is well written, readily accessible... and potentially
useful to therapists of different theoretical persuasions,
using different techniques of psychotherapy... This
book is a gold mine and is recommended as useful and
instructive to persons engaged in the PhotoTherapeutic
enterprise... Congratulations, Judy Weiser, and thank
Stéphanie Z. Dudek, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology
Department, University of Montreal and Director of
Division 10 (Psychology and the Arts) of the American
Journal of Medical Humanities; Summer 1994,16:2, pp. 3-4:
photo-based questioning techniques, we all can learn
more about those hidden, mysterious, and otherwise 'quiet'
places that are at the core of self-knowledge and our
communications with others... A valuable summary and
workbook for therapists interested in adding a new dimension
to their practice. Anyone reading this book will come
to look at photos in a different way."
Charles R. Perakis, D.O., Editor, Journal of Medical
Newsletter, British Columbia Art Therapy Association;
October, 1993,15:3, p. 6:
Techniques is rich in 'how to' material. It's probably
the next best thing to an internship with the author."
Liona O'Gorman, Editor, B.C. Art Therapy Association
Reviews Have Appeared In:
Association of Marriage and Family Counselors Digest
American Psychological Association Division Ten (Psychology
and the Arts) Newsletter
Canadian Psychological Association (Section on Women
and Psychology) Newsletter
International Arts Medicine Association Newsletter
Journal of Medical Humanities
American Art Therapy Journal
American Journal of Art Therapy
Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal
British Columbia Psychological Association Newsletter
B.C. School Counselor's Newsletter
B.C. Art Therapy Association Newsletter
Feedback About Book From Readers:
add your own book review comments to this page, send these
to the PhotoTherapy Centre for
have finished reading your incredible book PhotoTherapy
Techniques and I am completely enthralled
by your ideas and techniques. You have opened
new arena for therapeutic work with my clients.
I will benefit from these brilliant avenues for
Toby Newman, MSW, ACSW, LMSW-ACP; Private Practice Therapist,
Houston, TX (Aug. 1, 1994)
students love PhotoTherapy and I am so impressed with
your work... your book is a marvelous contribution to
the field of family therapy... your publications [have]
Ellen Horovitz, PhD, Director of Graduate Art
and Associate Professor, Nazareth College, Rochester,
NY (Dec. 6, 1999)
Weiser’s book uses a predominantly systemic approach
to the images themselves and can be highly recommended
as an illustration of how systemic thinking could
be applied to any images."
Wheeler, Registered Art Psychotherapist
and Family Therapist (Dec. 8, 2006)
LOVE THE BOOK! I can't adequately express how meaningful
I find every page... The book reflects the philosophy,
values, attitudes and perspectives that I believe
are integral to working with clients. It is a treasure
of ideas and strategies but always grounded in a
framework... You have made an important contribution
therapeutic work. Congratulations!... And thanks
for sharing your work with all of us."
Laura Andersen, MSW, Director of Social Work, Women's
Health Centre, Toronto, Canada (June 2, 1994)
my Masters program, I set up an independent study using
your book as the text, and the exercises as the projects...
I am overwhelmed at the knowledge, experience and possibilities
that you share in it -- it has been an invaluable tool,
especially since it includes both psychological theory
and concrete ways to apply it. "
Lori DeMarre, Clinical Psychology / Art Therapy Masters
Program Student, Antioch University, Seattle, WA (March
"I believe in
the benefits of PhotoTherapy wholeheartedly and have used
your book as my bible to guide me through my work. Thank
you so much for writing it."
Sandra Tyrrell, graduate student, Albertus Magnus College,
New Haven, CT (Aug. 16, 2000)
book sheds a light of acknowledgement on the photographic
medium as a valid, valuable and unique tool in the therapeutic
realm. I have only begun reading the wealth of information
provided in it, but am confident it will become a valued
part of my professional library.... The extensive references
and recommended readings list [are] immensely beneficial.
Valerie Covert, Graduate Art Therapy Student, Ventura,
CA (Aug. 9, 1994)
have found your text to be fascinating, creative, innovative,
and useful in all manner of ways. I read it as part of...
learning how to 'read' visually -- the photos at first
seemed just an adjunct, but in the process of my research,
I became quite fascinated with their use and multiple
Susan Allnutt, graduate student, Concordia University,
Montreal, Canada (Aug. 12, 2000)
will be appreciated more in the future... I enjoyed your
book very much and found it to be well-organized and written.
Charles R. Perakis, D.O., Editor, Journal of Medical
Humanities, Biddeford, ME (Aug. 19, 1994)
ABOUT THE DVD (and Video):
Video "PhotoTherapy Techniques" -- which
is now available also on DVD -- is a very useful
explanation and illustration about what PhotoTherapy
techniques are and how they work. It consists of
two hours of excerpts put together from various live
television interviews and discussions done over many
years with PhotoTherapy pioneer Judy Weiser -- plus
several "example sessions" of unscripted
live-process work done for demonstration purposes.
the first half-hour, viewers are given a brief
introduction to what PhotoTherapy Techniques are,
and why they
are so successful. This first part includes several
short (and lively!) excerpts from longer interviews
or "process" tapes that were felt to
best illustrate this work. As the tape progresses,
excerpts grow longer and more complex, to provide
excerpts shown on the Video/DVD were gathered from
many different tapings over many years, and therefore
they are not presented in chronological
order. Some are from television interviews about
PhotoTherapy, while others
are from workshop demonstrations or tapings of "live" dialogue
by workshop participants who were acting as "clients" for
the purpose of role-play demonstration -- and therefore
provide spontaneous illustrations of the techniques
in "live action".
the PhotoTherapy Centre feels that it would not be
ethical to use excerpts from real counseling sessions
with clients in order to sell tapes, it is important
to clarify here that the people in the experiential
portions are not real-life "clients" --
but neither were these excerpts rehearsed or scripted
in advance. They are instead "real-life" workshop
participants who are role-playing "as if" they
were clients: in all cases they knew they were being
recorded by the camera (which was about ten feet
away!), and the PhotoTherapy Centre has their written
permissions on file.
it is ALSO very important to also explain what
this Video/DVD is NOT:
is not a commercially-produced "slick" product,
but rather an informal educational one
that was put together in response to people's
how these techniques look in action.
is not a "training tape", nor
is it a "step-by-step" instructional
companion to the book "PhotoTherapy Techniques",
(although it is hoped that an instructional DVD to accompany the
book will be produced next year).
it is certainly not professional quality editing,
either! In fact it is rather "bumpy" in
a few places -- the edits are "rough" and
the time between each segment is occasionally a bit longer than
it nevertheless still provides an excellent
introduction to what PhotoTherapy is, as well
as showing some of why and how it works.
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The DVD is
available in both the "NTSC"
in North America) and the "PAL" format (used
in the U.K. and most European locales). The Video is
half-inch VHS, and is also available
in both formats.
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Video is available only from
the PhotoTherapy Centre -- and
please note that only limited supplies remain,
because we have now converted
to DVD and will not be providing video format
in the future.
NTSC format costs $29.95, plus $13 for shipping
and handling charges (when sent to U.S. or Canada).
The PAL format costs $34.95, and shipping cost
will depend on location sent to.
Videotapes are shipped in a double-padded
and sent by regular airmail.
Please contact the
PhotoTherapy Centre to learn
shipping costs before sending payment.