The Psychology of Studio Ghibli Films

About this Training

This training course will introduce to clinicians the emotional narratives of three Studio Ghibli Films: Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. The art, story, and dynamic themes of these films evoke existential, archetypal, and socio-political concepts that can be essential in understanding a client’s psychological draw to them. In addition, this course will provide case studies and examples on how therapeutic dialogue about these films can further a client’s self-insight and even expand upon their passions of art, story-telling, and personal growth.

Psychology of Studio Ghibli Films

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Identify the psychological and cultural influences that make Studio Ghibli films so recognizable and relatable.

  • #2

    Design conversations of anime film into potential therapeutic interventions.

  • #3

    Attendees will be able to analyze their own personal relational motivations to art and film.



Joseph Atanastio

Joseph Atanasio, PsyD is a person-centered licensed psychologist in the state of NY. After graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology, Joe transitioned to working with older adults in a variety of settings including nursing homes, adult care facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living. He has since been engaged in the mental health care of the underserved geriatric population. Dr. Joe has an established private practice in both Queens and Manhattan in NYC. He sees a wide range of clients ages 12 and up, focusing on depression, social anxiety, grief and loss, and stress management. He engages Clients through a variety of therapeutic models, focusing on building emotional awareness through mindfulness practices. Dr Joe is an avid D&D player and Dungeon Master for the past 3 years on his personal time, running groups in-person and online. After seeing the therapeutic potential of such a wonderful and interactive game, he began a 10-week group therapy model using Dungeons and Dragons. He runs older adult, young adult, and teen groups using the tabletop game to build critical thinking skills, social skills, and manage aspects of anxiety and depression.

Enjoy These Further Benefits!

  • Understand Your Clients

    Learn how to understand and work with your clients using proven strategies derived from competent practice, knowledge, and culture while knowing what questions to ask them.

  • Learn From A Leader In The Field

    Presented by one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, this training presents upon the topic using real life examples.

  • Become Knowledgeable In The Culture

    Through understanding the culture and connecting with our clients, we create meaning, relationships, and a place for new thought to birth.

Course Curriculum

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