Keeping It Sane With Photography: A Creative Counseling Technique






For a considerable amount of years, photography has been present to deliver images and events that represent emotions like fear, happiness, sadness, and love. While photography is done for numerous reasons – a hobby or a way of living – there are those who consider the art as a way to preserve their sanity and cope with life’s daily struggles.


Currently, the number of photographers is emerging, and more are eager to learn the art, mainly for expression and escape. Photography not only makes people feel relaxed but also has a way of purging negativities from their thoughts; because of this, counseling has advised photography as a therapeutic hobby to keep the mind and feelings at bay.


Photography Leads to Inner Happiness


According to Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC, “Happy people do things differently. They make their emotional wellbeing a priority and practice daily and weekly habits that help them create joy, happiness and satisfaction in their lives.” With that, any hobby can beseech happiness; this is the same with photography. Photography provides an artistic outlet that is distinctly different from other types of art therapies like writing, painting, or drawing. Instead of creating or building something out of nothing, the person can immediately seize the moment that resonates with them and put it in a still frame. Taking pictures of what you find inspiring or captivating and putting it on print or just marveling at the result can initiate joy and satisfaction.


Photography Taps Into The Meditative State


Photography is not merely a point-and-shoot process; it goes beyond the usual individual and group snaps. People who are engaged in photography have found that it can be meditative, especially those who have chosen nature or landscape as their primary subjects. When capturing images, photographers have to dig deep within themselves to realize what angle or locations would serve best to get the optimum results. Photographers must be focused, calm, and mentally aware all the time to internalize and trigger the brain to be more intertwined with the surroundings. Because as Dr. Carlene Taylor, LMHC, LPC, CPCS, NCC said, “Nature-based/experiential interventions produce increased treatment success more rapidly than traditional talk approaches. There is a relationship between humans who connect with and spend time in nature and increased environmental awareness or stewardship.”




Photography Increases Self-Esteem


Being skilled in a particular endeavor is a significant way to increase one’s self-confidence and self-esteem. However, there’s something uniquely special about photography when it comes to gaining copious amounts of self-regard due to the ideals and principles that surround the craft. Photography is an expression, not only of one’s skills and talent but also of one’s soul.


In Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D. blog, she says, “If you are struggling with low self-esteem, it is encouraged that you seek some type of help and support to work through this issue, and to help you be the best version of yourself that you can be.” The moment you’ve managed to take a picture of something that means something to you or something that speaks to you on a more personal level and you share it to people who, in turn, would praise or comment on the results can significantly boost your confidence. Most importantly, it is during times when people react and impart their feelings about your work is what makes photography more meaningful because of the notion that it is the art that connects people who have experienced the same circumstances and emotions.


Photography Heals


A lot of photographers have ventured into life and found that learning how to get the perfect photo is more therapeutic than going into weekly sessions or drinking medications. But just because photography works for them, it may or may not work for you; it’s a matter of finding out what treatment modality or hobby you feel most comfortable with and find a way to hone or nurture the interest.




Photography heals the mind and the soul by calming negatives and welcoming the positives.While there are photographers who have subjected their entire lives in taking pictures and making a living out of it, there are those who do it during their free time as a form of stress reliever and a way to delete the day’s toxicity.