Video Therapy What is Video Therapy?
Video therapy can enhance the effectiveness and progress of psychotherapy. Video therapy includes taping and viewing psychotherapy sessions to provide striking-present-moment feedback to clients to help them understand feelings that they may try to avoid.
How Does Video Therapy Work?
- Start with a Target Issue: First, based on my understanding of a client, a HELP Therapist will suggest a particular issue for a discussion to be videotaped. We focus on issues that are currently sources of conflict, and feelings that are outside of their usual awareness.
- Videotape Client: After establishing a comfort level during a session, we will start videotaping the client, using a video camera mounted on a tripod to one side. The camera is approximately 6-7 feet away from the client, and since we are discussing an issue of significance, most people are almost immediately unaware of the camera’s presence and able to retain their focus on our discussion.
- Playback/Viewing of Videotape: After taping a segment of our discussion, we watch the playback together, either straight through or pausing at moments chosen by the client to discuss. Universally, clients are profoundly moved by viewing themselves talking from a deep, heart-felt place.
How Can Video Therapy Help You?
The main goal of all psychotherapy is to create a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships. Video enables you to meet yourself -face-to-face – in the present moment. Video lets you reflect on what you see, hear, feel, and realize about the person on the recording. The client me see-that some of the views of yourself that you have carried around for a lifetime may not be accurate.
How is Video Therapy Different from Traditional Talk Therapy?
Keep in mind that video therapy is a tool used within a larger psychotherapeutic process. The strength of video therapy is that it rests on working with literal, immediate images. Images are much more powerful than words, they hold much more information than words, and convey that information at a much more rapid pace.