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Articles published by
Birgit Wolz, Ph.D., MFT

Mining the Gold in Movies for Healing and Transformation: Birgit has published the following cinema therapy movie reviews in her regular column by that name in The Therapist, the magazine of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

28 Days
About Schmidt
An Education
Antwone Fisher
As Good As it Gets
Bastard out of Carolina
Before Sunset
Bridge to Terabithia
Brokeback Mountain
Bend it like Beckham
Changing Lanes
Eat Drink Man Woman
Fried Green Tomatoes
Grand Canyon
Good Will Hunting
Descendants, The
Dogwalker, The
Hope Springs
In America
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Joneses, The
Lars and the Real Girl
Last Chance Harvey
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Lorenzo's Oil
Mommie Dearest
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Left Foot
Ordinary People
Pride and Prejudice
Rachel Getting Married
The Secret Lives of Dentists
The Secret World of Arrietty
Sliding Doors
Truman Show, The
Under the Tuscan Sun
Up in the Air
Upside of Anger, The
Visitor, The
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Woman in Black, The

Additional articles published by Birgit:

Cinema Alchemy: Using the Power of Films In Psychotherapy and Coaching. In Mary Banks Gregerson (Editor), The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching. Springer, New York, 2010.

'Reel' Reality Is Essence of Cinema Therapy,The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, a nonprofit association based in Alexandria, Virginia, July 2006.

Cinema Alchemy - Using the Power of Film for Healing and Transformation, Harbin Hot Springs Quarterly, Summer 2004, and the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT News, July 2004.

Cinema Therapy: Using the Power of Movies for the Therapeutic Process: versions of this article have appeared in:

  • Viewpoint, Jan. - Feb. 2003 (newsletter of The Psychotherapy Institute).
  • The Therapist, May 2003 (magazine of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).

Releasing Negative Beliefs Through the Transformational Power of Film: The East Bay Therapist, July/August 2004 (newsletter of East Bay Chapter — California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists) and in News and Views - newsletter of Orange County CAMFT, Sept. 2004.

The Transformational Power of Film: versions of this article have appeared in:

  • Connections, Feb. 2003 (newsletter of San Fernando Valley Chapter — California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists).
  • The Monterey County Chapter Newsletter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Feb. 2003.
  • The East Bay Therapist, Mar./Apr. 2003 (newsletter of East Bay Chapter — California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists).
  • The International Academy of Family Psychology, July 2003 Newsletter.

Using Movies to Transform Grief: this article is based on a chapter from a new book, E-Motion Picture Magic, published in November 2004 by Glenbridge Publishing.


Birgit Wolz wrote and co-wrote the following continuing education online courses:

Cinema Therapy - Using the Power of Movies In the Therapeutic Process, which guides the reader through the basic principles of Cinema Therapy.

Boundaries and the Movies - Learning about Therapeutic Boundaries through the Movies, which covers informed consent, gifts, home office, clothing, language, humor and silence, proximity and distance between therapist and client, and, finally, sexual relations between therapist and client.

Cinema Therapy Certificate programs are described here