Aside from the cliché that picture paints a thousand words, in the modern days; photos can be used to calm a person suffering from anxiety.

If you are a worrier and you have to travel, checking in your phone the pictures of remote things you are overly concerned of helps you become more relaxed.

As we all know, psychotherapy is a broad topic, and experts in this field like a clinical psychologist is the best go-to person in this case.  So just take your concern directly to them, but before you proceed, read first why and how you can take advantage of bringing pictures to a therapy session.

  1. It is a vulnerable and revealing action.

There are some things which are not very pleasant to share with others. Showing your therapist some of your embarrassing photos spare you the time of mustering enough courage and feeling awkward hesitations.

When your therapist connects to you by knowing your character through the pictures you presented. The bond between you and your therapist will also grow. And because of that, you will be more open to share even your innermost thoughts.

  1. It is a more objective way of storytelling.

Well, there might be photo filters, but nonetheless, you cannot really hide the emotions plainly showed in your pictures.

By this, the real downside in making oral statements for a therapy session could be tackled. As a patient, sometimes you won’t notice it yourself, but you have this tendency to prepare and plan out everything that you want to say that at some point, its truthfulness is shadowed.

  1. Photos can’t forget.

Whether you wanted to deliberately erase a memory before or you just forgot things because of physiological reasons, photos can help supply the missing information.

Your lost aspects could be found and retrieved. Your true connection with the photo will help you recognize a lost trait or element in your personality, which in time, you might as well re-integrate back. But of course the process will quite need a conscious effort.

Those missing information which your photos helped you remember can make or break the results of your therapy.

  1. Show only the significant photos to your therapist.

Remember that the hours that you share with your therapist are usually paid. So better get to the point as fast as you can.

In deciding on what pictures to show, follow your heart, choose those that gave you a strong emotional response just by merely looking at them. Be very honest with yourself. 

  1. What medium are you planning to use.

Will you showcase your photos through your laptop, cell phone, photo album, iPad, or slide projector? All of these are good ideas.

But if you are a photographer, directly from a camera is one of the best ways to show your picture. Somehow, there is a good chance that you will also recall how you felt when you took these pictures and why you took them.

On a side note, on this case, a camera with 500 USD or below price already produces a clear image which is appropriate for a therapy office scenario. Cameraseals reviews some best cameras under $500 on their site, you can check that out.

  1. Your therapist might have the answer just by using your photo.

Sometimes, a psychologist will only have to guide you in the discovery of your answers to your problems.

Photo therapy techniques founding principle is about memories, feelings, association and thoughts evoking deep insight. Then finally you will be able to understand the deepest recesses of your mind which were not clear at first.

  1. Pictures are just engaging.

This is especially true for persons who aren’t really clinically diagnosed of a psychological disorder, but just conscious of their mental health.

To make the less serious situation more interesting and worth your while in the therapy office, perhaps revisiting some old happy pictures will make you assure that you have a very healthy mental health.


While a photo will always be an extra useful tool, one in which doesn’t intend to replace the orthodox way of therapy for your mental health, a visual aid to a complex narration will always make the lives of the patient and the therapist easier.

So go on. Show and tell now whatever struggle you have inside, before it gets the better of you.