Film In Mind can provide film therapy to help you through all sorts of challenges - difficult working relationships, demanding subject matter, major life-events, external forces affecting your work and traumatic or painful issues that may be holding you or the project back.
I regularly deliver counselling and consultations via video conferencing which allows me to connect with filmmakers globally.
I work in a flexible and open manner that best supports your needs. Examples of what I can offer include:
One-to-one therapy; professional relationship counselling such as working through the director/producer dynamic and group therapy for you and your crew.
For emerging and experienced filmmakers, as well as filmmaking students: we create a dialogue around the vulnerabilities of a life in filmmaking. If you would like to book us to speak at your event or run a workshop please get in touch.
I can offer consultations at any stage of the production process to assess the mental health risk elements of the project to you as filmmakers, to your crew and to the people you film with. We would then develop a strategy to challenge and minimise those risks.
Film In Mind has been influential in bringing the discussion of mental health in the film industry to the fore – achieved through leading panel discussions and workshops at international industry events. Blending a decade of experience in the film industry with professional psychotherapy practice, we offer solution-focused therapeutic workshops which explore the vulnerabilities of filmmaking. These can be tailored to individual requirements and are beneficial to experienced or emerging filmmakers.
We have appeared at Sheffield DocFest, IDFA, Open City Docs and IDA’s Getting Real documentary conference. If you would like to book us to come and speak at your event or run a workshop, please get in touch.
Rebecca Day Documentary Producer & Psychotherapist
Film In Mind is the culmination of over a decade of experience working as a documentary producer and a new psychotherapy practice that provides supportive services to film practitioners.
My filmmaking career began with the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) in 2008, where I developed and produced several shorts and feature docs and worked on innovative impact and audience engagement campaigns, most notably around award winning documentary, I Am Breathing and Seven Songs for a Long Life. My latest film, Becoming AnimaI, directed by Emma Davie & Peter Mettler and about our human relationship with nature, was released in 2018 at CPH:DOX and is screening internationally. I am also producing Silent Men, a personal feature doc by award winning filmmaker Duncan Cowles, about men’s mental health, currently in production.
Training as a person-centred therapist was a life-changing journey for me. I learnt to prioritise my own mental health, so that I could offer the strength and support that my therapy clients needed. During my training, I was also struck by the duality of my work as a producer and as a therapist and started to explore how the risk factors and subsequent coping strategies I was learning as a therapist could be applied to filmmaking.
When working with clients, either through training, individual therapy or consultation, I draw on my insight from both industries to create a safe and open environment that enables us to look at new ways of working - one that accepts the vulnerable spaces we find ourselves.
I am based in Kendal, in the Lake District and also have a private counselling practice.
Film in Mind is an international organisation that can provide support remotely or in person. I am lucky enough to live and work in the Lake District in the North of England. It’s a place of outstanding natural beauty that enables me to retreat from work and connect with the other valued elements of my life.