Basic courses Phototherapy.

Photos a therapeutic tool: Leading Features.


Lecturer: Dr. Anat Botzer, Israel.

4 psychodynamic workshops practising Phototherapy.

Workshop 1

” The unsolved secrets of my childhood- creative treatment in family album”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung

 Date: 5.11.2015-07.11.2015

Time: 09:00-17:00

Duration: 3- day workshop

Total of 24 academic hours.

Photherapy is a new area within the complex treatment of the arts, recognizing the value of the medium of photography. This unique workshop will give you an opportunity, as a therapist, to use an image as an interactive tool, helping you to achieve a stronger connection with your patient and allows the patient to have an insight about his feelings and deep memories which are sometimes complex to be reached.

This 3- day of an intensive psychodynamic  workshop is one out of 4 workshops through the whole year, which will be taking you into a fascinating journey of conscious awareness. In this creative workshop  we will make pictures of others or by others, and we shall walk towards  life goals, visible or invisible.

Family album serves a valuable documentation, a chronicle of the family  life cycle. This collection of images is important  for family identity.

Family album of the patient makes it an effective tool for therapy because of its tremendous meaning. We shall practice how to evaluate the album as a therapeutic tool as a way to clarify personal history in the first stage of therapy.

We ask to bring 5 printed childhood pictures. Together accompanied by relevant theoretical material in the phototherapy, we will go out with the initial tools for understanding photography as a therapeutic tool and basic interventions. At the end of each day workshop, you will be asked to prepare a photographic work to the next day.

Using PhotoTherapy techniques requires no special skill or training in photography itself.

A camera will be required in all 4 workshops.

Workshop 2

״Photo therapeutic interventions for children and youth”

“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.” ― D.W. Winnicott

Date: 31.03.2015-2.04.2016

Time: 09:00-17:00

Duration: 3-day workshop

Total of 24 academic hours.

Sharing and identification of the photographed image help children in search of self-knowledge. Child and adolescent experience photography as a natural tool, without delving into the impact it may bring to their souls.

In this three days of workshop, we will use specifics techniques and interventions for children and youth, which will be based on a narcissistic model:

“Photography is a reflection of our unconscious and our legitimate need to be seen, hugging each other and being contained”( Heinz Kohut).

Photographic work will be given at the end of the first day and you will be askes to bring it to the second day.

We Will understand how Phototherapy can help young people express themselves, empower themselves and get to know the hidden, not obvious aspects of their personality. We will use the photos as ” Participatory Photography”: a creative modality that asks participants to represent and analyze themselves using photography.










Workshop 3

״Photo dissolves boundaries ״

“I identify myself in language, but only by losing myself in it like an object. What is realised in my history is not the past definite of what was, since it is no more, or even the present perfect of what has been in what I am, but the future anterior of what I shall have been for what I am in the process of becoming.” ― Jacques Lacan

Date: 26.5.2016-28.5.2016

Time: 09:00-17:00

Duration: 3- day workshop

Total of 24 academic hours.

There is always some limit which the individual accepts. He identifies this limit with himself. Horror seizes him at the thought that this limit may cease to be. But we are wrong to take this limit and the individual’s acceptance of it seriously. The limit is only there to be overreached. Fear and horror are not the real and final reaction; on the contrary, they are a temptation to overstep the bounds

This three-day workshop combines theorists such as Psycho Analyst Dr. Thomas Ogden from the U.S.A, and French philosopher George Bataille, experiential work, group supervision and opportunities to experience phototherapy in practice from both the client’s and therapist’s point of view. We will be examining our attitudes towards the boundaries.

Like Phototherapy itself, the workshop aims to use a photo as a Therapeutic and social life.
We will shoot from damaged and weak places in our lives and build (hopefully optimistic…) new narrative with photography.

Workshop 4

“Psychodynamic approach to Phototherapy”- photo therapeutics cards

Every snapshot a person takes or keeps is also a type of self-portrait, acting like a “mirror with memory” reflecting back those moments, people and places that were special enough to be frozen in time forever. Collectively, these photos make visible the ongoing stories of that person’s life, serving as visual footprints marking where they have been (emotionally, as well as physically) and also perhaps signaling where they might next be heading. Even their reactions to postcards, magazine pictures, and snapshots taken by others can provide illuminating clues to their own inner life and its stories.(weiser, 2010)

Date: Workshop date has not yet been set.

Time: 09:00-17:00

Duration: 3- day workshop

Total of 24 academic hours.

Having a problem that affects us and holding inside, it is very different from feeling that we are holding that same problem in our hands. In this second scenario we feel very powerful: the thing we wanted to change is now literally in our hands, and we can do what we want with it. We feel strong, empowered, and much better equipped in dealing with it.

This workshop provides a three-days intensive introduction to the theory and practice of Phototherapy, with a particular focus on key principles of dynamic therapy. In those three-day we will examine the need for therapeutic cards which involves photos during psychodynamic therapy, or other interventions.
We will explore the dangers along with the pleasure of creativity.

During the workshop, you will be required to create a set of 12 photographs according to precise instructions you will receive from Dr. Anat Botzer.
The instructions will be given in three different fields: Photography, emotional and cultural- combining those will create a chain of photos, which will empower the subject and the whole environment.
Along with your individual work examination and interpretation, we will also examined such a series of photographs that exist in the world (Joe Walker, Canada, Ulla Halkola, Finland, PhotoTherapy cards, Dr. Anat Botzer, Israel.

Information regarding all workshops:

Costs: €590 (per course) incl. lunch.

Incl. Diploma* from Dr. Anat Botzer

*Successful attendance of the whole 4 workshops leads to the awarding of a diploma signed by Dr. Anat Botzer with the titel of: “Basic course Phototherapy”. It is also possible to attend only one of the workshops.(Diploma will not be awarded).

Ex. Administration cost: €20


Once you have decided to register please contact . You will then receive a registration form with all the payment information.



Nip – a request has been sent.

  • Eerstelijnspsychologie NIP
  • Kinder- & Jeugdpsycholoog NIP

Who can attend the workshops:

Psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, art therapists engaged in psychotherapy, artists, photographers, filmmakers, criminologists, doctors.


Each workshop requires maximum of 24 participants (minimum 10).

You are not obligated to participate in all 4 workshops.

Materials required:



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