Youth Photography Walks at Covenant House

One of our Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) is currently working on a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy and currently offers Youth Photography Walks to our ROP youth. The photography walks are a form of Art Therapy that takes youth out of the traditional therapeutic space and into the local community.

Using creativity as therapy has many benefits:

• It allows youth to bring to conscious awareness things they may have been struggling with for many years in a safe way. By creating an art piece that represents them or their story this gives them and the therapist something to look at and work with rather than just talking (which can sometimes leave people feeling to exposed or vulnerable)

• It provides a safe way to express difficult thoughts, feelings and memories and to develop skills to heal from past experiences

• It encourages youth to connect with their inner strengths and resilience

• Creativity allows youth to get a different perspective and maybe see themselves in new, more positive or balanced ways

• Creativity encourages problem-solving and can help develop a sense of self-worth and self-efficacy

• Creativity enhances learning as it requires the integration of the whole brain (the creative, playful, emotional parts and the more reflective, analytical parts)

• It enhances communication between the youth and their counsellor

The Clinical Counsellor and youth both take a camera and head for a walk around the neighbourhood. While exploring and taking pictures youth are developing a therapeutic relationship and can slowly start to open in a gentle non-threatening environment.

Below are some photos taken by a young person on a Photography Walk. Enjoy! 

Youth Art - Photography