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Bernie Wooder, the psychotherapist who introduced Movie Therapy to the UK, shares a fascinating collection of case studies in his first book, Movie Therapy – How It Changes Lives. The book explores the experiences of people who’ve successfully used films to unearth the deep-rooted cause of their problems, which range from agoraphobia and anxiety to depression and confidence issues.

The way in which a skilled therapist uses movies in his counselling sessions is brought to life with these genuine and deeply moving case studies. They include a woman whose battle with depression was aided by The Remains of the Day, Shadowlands and The Truman Show, as well as a man who dealt with the repercussions of his traumatic childhood with the films Watership Down, The Lord of the Ring and Star Wars.

A film-buff from childhood, Bernie Wooder has pioneered the use of movies as an aspect of the therapeutic process for over 15 years. “Movies are the most powerful creative art form that exists today,” he explains, “so it makes sense to harness this power and use it to relieve suffering. I live and breathe films, yet I don’t ‘prescribe’ movies to solve a problem; rather I suggest films, scenes, characters or even pieces of the original music score to help people unlock their innermost memories and feelings. I encourage people to connect with film and use it as a journey of self discovery which, in turn, helps them realise where their current issues may have stemmed from.”

This sentiment is echoed in an extract from Lord Puttnam’s 2006 BAFTA acceptance speech*, which features as the foreword to the book: “They (movies) speak to us. Every single one of you has sat in a movie house and watched some moment of your life healed, or addressed, or touched.”

Movie Therapy – How It Changes Lives showcases Bernie Wooder’s own research and provides a captivating fly-on-the-wall account of how Movie Therapy works for people struggling with the consequences of abuse, emotional neglect and bereavement. The people featured in the book agreed to share their experiences in order to help other who might be in similar situations and to highlight how this therapy can be used by people from all walks of life and applied to a wide range of issues.

The book is on sale now at, priced £10, or at


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Notes to editors:

* Speech extract reproduced with kind permission of Lord Puttnam.

Movie Therapy – How It Changes Lives is available to buy now
Price: £10
Publisher: Rideau Lakes Publishing
Specifications: Paperback, 248 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9560751-0-9

About the author:

Bernie Wooder was born in London’s East End and is a fully trained and UKCP-accredited psychotherapist and counsellor with 20 years’ experience and his own private practice. He is qualified in Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist and, until 2004, had a practice in Harley Street. He is a member of the UK Council of Psychotherapists.

Bernie’s commissioned work has included consultancy projects on Movie Therapy for MGM Studios and Warner Brothers, as well as lectures on the subject to student therapists at Guys Teaching Hospital in London and to media students at Leeds Trinity University.

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