VMT – Video Movie Therapy

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 )


7 Responses to “VMT – Video Movie Therapy”

  1. The second article by Giordano that you mention in your “Comment” is in English — which has been very helpful for those of us who do not understand italian!
    It is also one of the many many articles about both “Video-IN-therapy” and also “Video-AS-therapy” — as well as “Using Film or Cinema in [or as] Therapy” that appears in the “Recommended Readings” page of the PhotoTherapy Techniques Website (all of PhotoTherapy also directly applies to VideoTherapy also — because it’s still “pictures” being perceived and discussed, whether moving pictures or still ones.

    I also have correspondence with Dr. Giordano *about* his work and his writing; perhaps you might want to know more about what he told me of his work??

    • Hi Judy, yes of course, it will be great if you share your correspondence with us.
      V.M.T. is a really interesting application of videotherapy and I am curious to learn more

      Allow me to add the link of your “Recommended Readings”, in case someone doesn’t know it yet:

      • Hi Chiara, I will need to examine the correspondence and select parts that are of potential interest, and then either: 1) summarize these for you in my own words, or 2) if you want exact quotes from it, I must first receive Dr. Giardano’s permission to re-use his words (that’s the ethics here in Canada, regarding re-using text in email messages.

        Either one will take a few weeks, because I am currently very busy preparing for my workshops in Finland, Russia, and Latvia in a few weeks. If you are in a hurry for this information, please email me directly — and if you are not in a rush, I beg your patience that I cannot deliver these things quickly.

        Many thanks for your interest!


  2. Gaetano GIORDANO Says:

    Sorry for my english!

    I just discovered this blog today. I am very happy to read about my VMT.
    Obviusly, Judy, you’ve all permission to post all that I wrote.

    I wish to explain that my article at http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=284, is not very very representative about the therical basis of my working with the video.
    Unfortunately, the italian article (divided into four parts to the address: http://www.psychomedia.it/pm/modther/modtec/giordano1.htm, http://www.psychomedia.it/pm/modther/modtec/giordano2.htm, http://www.psychomedia.it/pm/modther/modtec/giordano3.htm http://www.psychomedia.it/pm/modther/modtec/giordano4.htm ) is more representative, particularly as regards the theoretical basis, than the other.

    Unfortunately my English is not good, but if someone wants some clarification, I will be happy to respond.
    Thank you all!

    • Dr. Giordano thank you for leaving a comment.
      For the international audience English articles are the best way to know about your researches – but as we are Italian (our Production Company is located in Ravenna!) we will read the Italian articles and, in case, try to summarise the content in this weblog as we did with the previous one.
      Your contribution to the Italian VideoTherapy ‘experience’ is very interesting, and we would like to organise an interview with you.
      Thank you again, regards Chiara

      • Gaetano GIORDANO Says:

        Hi Chiara (I’m writing in English when we’re both Italians …), and hi all.
        Thanks for your kind words and for the possibility to summarise the content of my article in this weblog (but it is veri very long: better I summarise in italian and then make a tranlaton)
        I am very glad that you want to arrange an interview with me. Tell me how you want to do.
        What does your production house?

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