Cinematherapy: Using Movie Metaphors to Explore Real Relationships in Counseling and Coaching

  • Judy Kuriansky
  • Jeremy Ortman
  • Jamie DelBuono
  • Amy Vallarelli


In this chapter, “cinematherapy” is reviewed and evaluated as a tool and technique in therapy, counseling, and coaching to help individuals and couples become aware of and cope with real-life problems. In using this approach, film characters and scenarios present metaphors, or archetypes, which can serve as triggers for reflection and discussion. Specific details about the method of using this technique are presented, as well as case examples of assigning viewing of particular films for specific situations, for example, when facing dating, divorce, or abuse. Special issues are explored, including application of the technique in particular settings and with new client populations. Cautions in using the technique, and the need for systematic research, are also discussed.


Domestic Violence Motion Picture Female Character Battered Woman Gender Dysphoria 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judy Kuriansky
    • 1
  • Jeremy Ortman
    • 1
  • Jamie DelBuono
    • 1
  • Amy Vallarelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Teachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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