Doctor Gaetano Giordano started to apply an “heterodox” (as he defined it) psychotherapy practise in 1987, called V.M.T., Video Movie Therapy, but the first publications date back to 1990, after 3 years of case record.
In his article “ Note per una messa in scena costruttivistica”, Dr. Giordano picks out precise pathologies that respond to this treatment: panic syndrome, obsessive disorders, phobia, anxiety, and the main depressive disorders.
V.M.T. foresees a therapy group made of 5-8 people who have weekly meeting of 3 hours and a half. The aim is the creation of a single 90′ or 120′ film or 2-3 episodes of 60′ minutes.
The group write down the screening, play the different actors’ roles and follow the editing phase. Each scene is written and shot before passing on the next one.
Each participant plays himself and the story told is the group’s one. The narrative key is ironical and comical, with clear references to the Italian comedies of the 50s (Totò, Sordi,..)
The patient is the interpreter, where the interpreter creates its own character (himself): that involves the re-writing of the psychological and existential problems of the participants.
The aim is to free the patient from the self-responsibility and to use objectivity both as a self-validation and one’s own world vision.
In this practise, states Doctor Giordano, the core is twice: the patient feel confident as the therapist share the patient’s experience [he too play an ironical role as the "Quack" and the "False Prophet"], and the video recording is merely a technical data, a personal choice that allow to create the (virtual) space for a narrative and therefore creative reflection.
(from LA PSICOTERAPIA COME ATTO ETICO IN UNA DIMENSIONE TRANSCONTESTUALE – Note per una messa in scena costruttivistica di Gaetano Giordano – PSYCHOMEDIA )