International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Video Art in Counselling and Therapy: Methods and Applications
Ourania Kalouri, Nikolaos Tsergas, Anastasia Botou, Aliki Antonopoulou

This paper examines the use of video in the practice and methodology of counselling and therapy, attempting an overall literature review and critical evaluation of its applications up to date. Traditionally, video has been used as a form of feedback in the context of therapy and counselling, as well as in the education of therapists and counsellors. In the current practice of psychology, the use of video is not restricted solely within the therapeutic session, but can also be extended to the in-between periods, that is the time periods between meetings/sessions. The use of video is aimed at responding to specific problems, emotional and cognitive distortions, which appear as a result of people’s traumatic experiences. Video has multiple applicationsin counselling as well as Art therapies, such as drama therapy, visual therapy etc. The technological possibilities of video can be utilized in the context of adopting strategies that reinforce interaction with patients and interplay during artistic therapeutic activities. Besides, designing therapeutic approaches based on creating films and videos has been placed in the centre of innovative endeavours. The use of video affects therapeutic change along with responses, the experiences of counsellees and counsellors, it improves and reinforces the result of therapy and counselling.

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