Most of us take pictures of people, places or things because it evokes an unspoken emotion or feeling. We may not recognize it at the time, but capturing that moment in a photograph allows us to re-visit that emotion time and time again.
Focus On Love combines the fun of learning basic photography skills with a light-hearted awareness of emotions.
Studies show children have an increased ability to develop reflective awareness from a photographic image. Children’s photographs have the capacity to uncover, provoke, and communicate beliefs and practices, and as a result, children construct their identity in relation to their parents and their peers.
Photo-Emotion Coaching uses a child’s own images as a tool to learn and affirm emotions.
Emotion Coaching vs Professional Therapy
What is the difference?
An emotion coach does not provide the same benefits as that of a trained therapist or counselor. Although they both work toward making positive changes in behavior, emotion coaching does not identify, diagnose or treat emotional or mental health conditions.
Therapists are educated and skilled to work with a patient’s unconscious past to change problematic behaviors in the future. The photo-emotion coaching experience offered by The Focus On Love Foundation instead engages parent and child to interactively learn using photography to identify emotions to help bring awareness and positive change in behaviors and improve social interaction.
Emotion coaching is not intended to replace the need for professional psychotherapy or counseling, however because emotion-coaching is therapeutic it may precipitate need for additional help from a professional therapist. Children and adults can benefit from both types of services for similar but different reasons.