Using Photography in Counseling: Images of Healing

By Misty M. Ginicola, Cheri Smith and Jessica Trzaska.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Counseling and psychotherapy have been used successfully as ways to promote emotional and psychological healing. However, counseling techniques and approaches generally rely on verbal exchanges, as well as the development of insight. Several populations require the use of creative techniques in order to reach therapeutic goals, including children and adolescents. The field of art therapy provides options in this regard. The purpose of this paper is to present a case study of Karli (pseudonym), a 17-year old female who used photography within her counseling sessions. The case study illustrates the findings of the supporting research that using photographic images and artistic process in counseling can connect counseling techniques with photo directives and may be an effective strategy for healing.

Keywords: Photography, Counseling, Phototherapy

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.29-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.977MB).

Dr. Misty M. Ginicola

Associate Professor, Counseling and School Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, USA

Dr. Misty Ginicola is an associate professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department at Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Ginicola also currently holds a faculty appointment at the School of the 21st Century and the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. Ginicola’s primary research and teaching interests are in multicultural techniques in counseling. Within this interest lie her previous and current research projects on creative approaches to counseling (using yoga, art, photography, and pet therapy), creating and evaluating the muttigrees curriculum to teach social and emotional skills in children, and teaching multicultural competence, where she developed a developmental model.

Dr. Cheri Smith

Associate Professor, Counseling and School Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, USA

Dr. Cheri Smith is a national certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor as well as a licensed counseling supervisor. She has been a counselor educator at the University of Montevallo, St. John’s University, University of West Georgia, and the New York Institute of Technology. Her teaching philosophy reflects Nevitt Sanford’s theory of challenge and support. Her research areas of interest include spiritual issues in counseling, higher education, and HIV/AIDS.

Jessica Trzaska

Rehabilitation Therapist II and Adunct Professor, Department of Mental Health Addiction Services , Masters of Arts in Art Therapy Program, State of Connecticut Mental Health, New Haven, CT, USA

Jessica is a licensed professional counselor and a registered, board certified art therapist. She holds a position with the state of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services where she facilitates a variety of expressive arts groups. She is also an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College and Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses related to art therapy, counseling, professional practices, group dynamics, internship and thesis research. Her areas of expertise are working with individuals with histories of trauma, creating forms of therapeutic interventions and utilizing alternative forms of communication.