Home Movie Therapy (HMT) is a revolutionary therapy approach emerged in 2013 from the concept of cinema therapy, designed for any individuals who would like to try alternative way to therapy.  Home Movie Therapy is designed to manage emotional and interpersonal conflicts with the aid of personal media like: photos, films and other home movie footage - Julia Gekhter, MSW 

Home Movie Therapy (HMT) is based on narrative practice model often used by social workers. Narrative: Working off the assumption that as an individual’s life story takes shape, it emphasizes certain elements (either positive or negative) over others, as your personal memory therapist I will help you “re-author” your life by reexamining self-told stories to get at a more basic truth.

"Cinema Therapy is an innovative therapeutic modality that uses clients’ experiences with movies for the therapeutic process. This approach lends itself very well to be combined with or integrated into positive psychotherapy. Films draw clients into the viewing experience, but at the same time — often more easily than in real life — afford a unique opportunity to retain a perspective outside this experience, the observer's view. Movies portray the subtleties of the human mind as well as many dimensions of human behavior. Because film characters frequently model the development of desired virtues and strengths, these movies can become natural vehicles for the processes of Positive Cinema Therapy."

"Psychology is not just the study of weakness and damage, it is also the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is broken, it is nurturing what is best within ourselves. Fifty years of working in a medical model on personal weakness and on the damaged brain has left the mental-health professions ill-equipped to do effective prevention.” (Seligman, 1999, p. 1)


·       Identify problems and their solutions

·       Provide positive role models

·       Clarify relationship issues

·       In self-improvement and personal growth

·       Unlock unconscious and repressed feelings

·       Needing inspiration

·       Needing motivation


Addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex)
Personality and Emotional Disorders (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Depression)
Relationship Issues
Early onset of Alzheimer's
Neurological Disorders (Parkinson and Multiple Sclerosis)
Job related Stress and work related burn out
General Stress - 99% of us have stress in our lives!

Julia Gekhter

Phone: 847-338-8401