Welcome to Presenting Problems
“Presenting Problems” is a series of short films that address dilemmas faced by both patients and psychotherapists. The films do this not by portraying people with particular symptoms (depression, anxiety, etc.) or by illustrating diagnostic categories (masochism, narcissism and so on). The stories use various genres (children’s story, the myth/legend, gothic horror, a “thought-story”) as a way of describing something about an internal situation.
The films use different visual idioms, literary forms, and types of media to convey the conditions upon which this particular world is felt operate. Each film could be seen simultaneously as a case study, a philosophical inquiry, a description of primitive states and a portrayal of an internal “situation” (among other things).
The films hope to raise questions about what facilitates, stalls or prevents psychological change and have been used for classroom discussions, clinical training and for anyone else interested in such things.