“Cinema can engage people at a very deep level. It can move beyond traditional talk therapies because it’s multi-sensory and can quickly trigger perceptual, cognitive, and emotional processes.”
In the right context, movies can be an incredible catalyst for growth, change, and healing. Cinema therapy is an expressive, sensory-based therapy that uses film as a therapeutic tool to help us better understand ourselves, our emotions, and our world.
In this group, we will meet weekly to discuss a specific film, exploring characters, plots, images, and scenes, and reflecting on the various thoughts and emotions each film evokes. Through supportive discussion and interaction with other group members, you’ll have the opportunity to increase your own empathy, mindfulness, and emotional awareness, to discover new ways of thinking and feeling about things, and to learn how to better use film (and art in general) as a tool for self-growth.
How It Works
- Cost: $40/session, with an initial 8 week commitment. New members are welcome to join the group every 8 weeks, if a free spot opens up.
- The group will be limited to 5 members at a time, and will meet for one hour each week.
- Group members will watch a specific movie at home each week, prior to our meeting. The films will range widely in content, theme, genre, and tone.
- The first film we will discuss is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but subsequent film selections will be more specifically tailored to fit the group.
- Movie expertise is not required.
The next Cinema Therapy group will begin in September 2018. To register or find out more about the group, please contact me directly via phone or email, or complete the form below.