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Movie Therapy, Moving Therapy!
Reviewed by June Wilson, R.N., M.A.
Psychiatric Services 2004; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.55.4.458-a
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by Fuat Ulus, M.D.; Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Trafford Publishing, 2003, 168 pages, $19.95 softcover

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Fuat Ulus has passion and energy for the growing field of movie therapy, which is evident in his book Movie Therapy, Moving Therapy! This insightful and informative book is part theoretical—transactional analysis as it applies to movie therapy provides the reader with a foundation on which to apply movie therapy. It is also part workbook—visualization exercises are provided—and part practical application. The book's chapters cover practical issues, such as the types of patients who are referred for movie therapy, how movie group therapy works, movie group therapy dynamics, and useful information about the qualifications required to become a movie therapist.

Ulus has tapped into his extensive experience with movie therapy and provides thorough reviews of the movies he has selected. He also shares his experience and recommends groups of individuals for which particular movie clips have been proven useful. The book recommends an interesting combination of movie clips, and the reader is likely to find a variety of clips that are useful to his or her own practice. Some chapter names provide an idea of Ulus's methods, such as "One Word…Many Messages," on the film The Bridge on the River Kwai; "I Love My Patient," on Lovesick; and "I Hate My Patient," on Analyze This.

Movie Therapy, Moving Therapy! would be beneficial to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, or anyone else who is currently working in or has an interest in movie therapy.

Ms. Wilson is a doctoral student in media psychology at the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.




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