How Home Movie Therapy works?
First of all the heart and soul of my revolutionary therapy approach is connected directly to the perspective of positive psychologists, mainstream psychology had long been enamored of the dark side of human existence, hardly ever exploring a more positive view of the mind. My approach is to focus on Joy and Happiness! One aspect of most movies and personal home movies is that they serve as allegories, in much the same way as stories, myths, jokes, dreams which can all be utilized in therapy.
"The cognitive effect of cinema therapy can be explained through recent theories of learning and creativity, which suggest that we have seven "intelligences". The more of these intelligences we access, the faster we learn because they employ different methods of information processing. Watching movies can engage all seven of them: the logical (plot), the linguistic (dialogs), the visual-spatial (pictures, colors, symbols), the musical (sounds and music), the interpersonal (storytelling), the kinesthetic (moving), and the intra-psychic (inner guidance)." - by Birgit Wolz, PhD, MFT
Like hypnotherapy and dream work, cinema therapy and specifically HMT will allow us to gain awareness of our deeper layers of subconsciousness to help us move toward a better perception of our true self. When we watch big cinema movies we can study characters, who are "different" and unlikable can guide to our true self and our potential. This way, watching Hollywood movies or self made movies can help us learn to understand ourselves, to better organize our though pattern and to potentially even change the way we see and perceive our true identity.