Working with Dreams in Psychotherapy

This accessible volume integrates the latest research on sleep and dreaming with a cognitive-experiential psychotherapeutic perspective, providing a comprehensive guide to dream interpretation.

Working with Dreams in Psychotherapy

Author: Clara E. Hill

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572300927

Page: 262

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Working with dreams in therapy can help clients establish a focus and reach core issues quickly, and can play an important clinical role in both brief and long-term therapeutic relationships. This accessible volume integrates the latest research on sleep and dreaming with a cognitive-experiential psychotherapeutic perspective, providing a comprehensive guide to dream interpretation. In clear, jargon-free prose, elucidated by extensive case material, the author presents a three-stage model of dream interpretation based on the premises that dreams reflect waking life, that their meaning is best understood in a collaborative effort between client and therapist, and that both cognitions and emotions are important in this process. An Appendix contains a reproducible, self-guided manual on dream interpretation featuring step-by-step instructions and worksheets. This Appendix is an ideal resource for therapists to use with clients.

Working with Dreams and PTSD Nightmares 14 Approaches for Psychotherapists and Counselors

This book is a comprehensive textbook appropriate for courses on psychology and dreams. Readers who are interested in dreamwork methods but have not previously worked in the field will find the information accessible, concise, and clear.

Working with Dreams and PTSD Nightmares  14 Approaches for Psychotherapists and Counselors

Author: Jacquie E. Lewis Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440841284

Page: 281

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Both a manual on the various methods for working with dreams and an easily understandable description about dreamwork methods and PTSD nightmares for general readers, this book will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, academics, and students. • Summarizes dreamwork theories and describes techniques that counselors and psychotherapists can use whether their clients presents one dream, a recurring dream, or a nightmare • Presents clear and concise explanations from top professionals on how their methods can be applied to uncover the deeper meaning of dreams, accompanied by illustrative examples for the reader • Explains how various practical dreamwork methods are informed by clinical theories

The Clinical Use of the Dream in Psychotherapy

The following book presents an overview of the history of dreams and discusses the shift from the use of latent content to that of the manifest content during dream analysis.

The Clinical Use of the Dream in Psychotherapy

Author: Robert C. Lane

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1426993293

Page: 384

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Dreams have captivated human imagination throughout the time. However, in the year 1900, dreams also gained an important place in psychotherapy when Sigmund Freud proposed that dreams were the royal road to the unconscious. The following book presents an overview of the history of dreams and discusses the shift from the use of latent content to that of the manifest content during dream analysis. Additionally, various methods of dream interpretation, the functions of dreams, differing schools of thought on the utility of dreams, typical dreams, and the biological challenge to dream theory are discussed. From antiquity, the universal phenomena of dreaming has captivated human imagination, confused human logic, and controlled human endeavors. Dreams have been regarded as very important, as messages from the gods, predictive of the future, expiatory of guilt, and the voice of conscience. Shamans, seers, and saints have used dreams to discern the source of sickness or to set the course of nations. Poets, philosophers, and playwrights have sought to plumb the depths of dreams in order to lure audience or readers into the world of fantasy, to play the strings of the emotions, and to recall the unthinkable. Cognitive, information processing, and neuroscientists find in dreams brain activity that can help understand REM, memory consolidation, and the "unconscious" state.

The Variety of Dream Experience

Explores the contributions dreams can make to our private and public lives, and outlines methods for safe and effective dream work.

The Variety of Dream Experience

Author: Montague Ullman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438422520

Page: 280

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Explores the contributions dreams can make to our private and public lives, and outlines methods for safe and effective dream work.

Psychotherapeutic work with dreams

Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject Psychology - Consulting, Therapy, grade: 2,3, International Psychoanalytic University, language: English, abstract: Since the beginning of mankind, dreams have been a fascinating and ...

Psychotherapeutic work with dreams

Author: Aysun Yildirim

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668816158

Page: 16

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Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject Psychology - Consulting, Therapy, grade: 2,3, International Psychoanalytic University, language: English, abstract: Since the beginning of mankind, dreams have been a fascinating and mysterious occurrence. Even for some significant scientists, dreams played an important role in their discoveries. As for the chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, who was working on classifying the elements according to their chemical characteristics in 1869 and "saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required". After he woke up he wrote his dream down hence creating the periodic system. Mendeleev’s case is not the only one known; reportedly many dreams helped to provide inventions or at least gave them a final touch. Men always tried and still are trying to construct theories of why we dream and what those dreams mean. In ancient times, people believed that dreams were messages transmitted from their gods. Not only do dreams occur in human beings, but it is also assumed that animals dream, which brings up the question in what way they might be beneficial and necessary. Revonsuo (2000) hypothesizes that dreams simulate threatening events in order to rehearse threat perception and threat avoidance which leads to a better dealing with dangers in waking life and therefore increases the probability of reproduction. Furthermore, it has been discovered that dreams are an accompaniment of rapid eye movement (REM) and changes of EEG waves in the brain. The content of dreams varies from dreamer to dreamer but there is a consistent structure that can mostly be seen in every dream. It resembles the structure of a drama composed of four segments: exposition, development of plot, culmination and resolution. Dreams do not only process the most relevant daily experiences and encounters, but most importantly they depict an emotional, meaningful, mostly colorful, tense and symbolic situation. They are not only perceived in a visual way but rather all senses are intact in the dream world, while the dreamers body itself is paralyzed. As it can be seen, dreams cover a wide range. They have gained popularity in psychology when Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, worked with them in his psychotherapies.

Existential Psychotherapy and the Interpretation of Dreams

Existential Psychotherapy and the Interpretation of Dreams, by Clark Moustakas, presents a fresh model for the effective integration of dreamwork in humanistically oriented psychotherapy.

Existential Psychotherapy and the Interpretation of Dreams

Author: Clark E. Moustakas

Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated

ISBN: 1461628431

Page: 232

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Existential Psychotherapy and the Interpretation of Dreams, by Clark Moustakas, presents a fresh model for the effective integration of dreamwork in humanistically oriented psychotherapy. The existential-phenomenological emphasis opens channels of conscious awareness that enable people in therapy and in everyday living to awaken to their own visions, hopes, and dreams. The internal shadows and fires of individual consciousness come to light in therapy and in dreams and invite self-resources and self-directions for change in self-growth and in significant relationships. An Existential Model is presented in detail as a guide to effective psychotherapy. With slight modification, the Model is also applicable to an understanding and interpretation of one's own dreams as well as the dreams of people who are in therapy. Through existential awareness and reflective thinking, the reader is encouraged to discover constructive challenges and paradoxes that connect dreams with waking life and lead to the discovery of creative possibilities for work and living. The existential approach to psychotherapy and dream interpretation is explicated through examples of phenomenological interviewing, use of description in lifting out horizons and core meanings, and analysis of core themes that intimately embrace the self. Existential philosophy recognizes mystery encompasses the unknown and unpredictable and asserts that regardless of past suffering and impoverishment, the potentials for health and well-being are within reach. The Existential Model offers a practical methodology and a set of guides for achieving these goals and finding a future that moves beyond the restraints and rejections that have resulted from choosing the wrong path for identity expression and selfhood. The person is the central catalyst for decision and action and retains control over her or his own destiny.

Dream Interpretation as a Psychotherapeutic Technique

I would recommend this book to any student or beginning therapist interested in working with dreams.' - Ernest Hartmann, in the Foreword. 'This is an essential book on sleep, dreams, and dream interpretation.

Dream Interpretation as a Psychotherapeutic Technique

Author: Frederick Lawrence Coolidge

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing

ISBN: 9781846190179

Page: 147

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This inspiring new book covers the practical side of dream interpretation during the therapeutic consultation. It aids the understanding of sleep and dreams in a scientific context and provides and introduction to the biological and evolutionary foundations of sleep, dreams and dream interpretation, supporting its use in professional counselling. "Dream Interpretation as a Psychotherapeutic Technique" covers cultural, historical and religious foundations of dreams and dream interpretation, and gives an overview of the various dream interpretation theories. Psychotherapists and psychiatrists with an interest in dream interpretation will find this guide invaluable. It will also be of great interest to psychologists, counsellors, therapists and general readers. 'Excellent and very accessible, helpful, useful and flexible. I would recommend this book to any student or beginning therapist interested in working with dreams.' - Ernest Hartmann, in the Foreword. 'This is an essential book on sleep, dreams, and dream interpretation. It will reawaken dream interpretation in clinical practice as a pragmatic tool for client self-awareness.' - T Gayle Yamazki. 'A life-long student of dreams brings decades of research and practice to bear in this scholarly and fascinating work. Coolidge reveals ancient writings, the influence of human evolution on our dream life, and the latest scientific insights. In the tradition of Freud, Jung, and Perls, he uses disarming personal examples, as well as those of his subjects to teach principles of dream interpretation. The practical steps he has developed quickly enrich the therapy process.' - Michael Galvin.

Working With Dreams

This book is about the practice of working with dreams.

Working With Dreams

Author: Wolfgang Giegerich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000221539

Page: 234

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This book is about the practice of working with dreams. Rather than presenting a general theory about dreams, it focuses on the dream as phenomenon and raises the question how we must look at dreams if our approach is supposed to be a truly psychological one. So far most essays on, and the practice of, Jungian dream interpretation have paradoxically centered around the person of the dreamer and not around the dream itself. Dreams were used as a means to understand the analysand and what is going on in him or her. Jung’s fundamental shift from his earlier person-based psychology and pre-alchemy stance to his mature soul-based psychology, informed by the hermetic logic of alchemy, has not been followed, which was already noted by Jung himself: "My later and more important work (as it seems to me) is still left untouched in its primordial obscurity." The present study is based decidedly on the stance of mature Jung and his very different views about dreams. His most crucial insights in this regard include that in dreams the soul speaks about itself (not about the dreamer), that the dream is its own interpretation and therefore needs to be circumambulated (rather than translated into the language of psychology and everyday life), and that dream images have everything they need within themselves (rather than needing associations from the dreamerʼs daily life). This book discusses in detail what all this means in practice and what it demands of the psychologist. A decisive transposition away from ordinary consciousness, a "crossing to the other side of the river," is required of the consciousness that wants to approach dreams psychologically. Numerous aspects of dreams and special questions that come up in working with dreams are discussed. At the end of this book our working with dreams is situated in the wider question of the psychological task in general by exploring Jungʼs insistence that psychology has to transcend the "consulting room," Hillman’s move "From mirror to window" and, in Plato’s parable, the revolutionary move out of, and return to, "the cave." While limited to the topic of dreams this book may also serve as an indirect introduction to an understanding of psychology as a "psychology with soul" (Jung) or as the discipline of interiority.

Cognitive Therapy and Dreams

Expanded from a special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, this volume contains some of the most interesting and promising work on dreams coming from therapists and researchers working at the crossroads of cognitive therapy ...

Cognitive Therapy and Dreams

Author: Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826147462

Page: 224

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Expanded from a special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, this volume contains some of the most interesting and promising work on dreams coming from therapists and researchers working at the crossroads of cognitive therapy and other systemsófrom a reprint of Beck's only article on cognition and dreams to the influence of modern neurobiology on the use of dreams in cognitive therapy. These chapters provide a meta-theory of drams that is unique to the cognitive perspective. As such, they begin the process of generating a comprehensive cognitive model of dream work that includes cognitive, affective, physical and behavioral features from which future research and clinical innovations can be built.

A Clinician s Guide to Dream Therapy

Backed by research, common factors analysis and neuroscience, the approaches described in this book provide a clear map for clinicians and others interested in unlocking the healing power inherent in dreams.

A Clinician   s Guide to Dream Therapy

Author: Leslie Ellis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429671326

Page: 148

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A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy demystifies the process of working with dreams by providing both a grounding in the current science of dreaming as well as a simple, practical approach to clinical dream work. In addition to a survey of the current science and neuroscience of dreaming, this book includes clinical examples of specific techniques with detailed transcripts and follow-up commentary. Chapters cover how to work with PTSD nightmares and how to use experiential dreamwork techniques drawn from current neuroscience to engender lasting change. Readers will be able to discuss their clients’ dream material with confidence, armed with an approach that helps them collaboratively tap into the inherent power for change found in every dream. Backed by research, common factors analysis and neuroscience, the approaches described in this book provide a clear map for clinicians and others interested in unlocking the healing power inherent in dreams.

Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice

This book is the fifth in the series of SAP monographs that aim to provide a practical guide to core concepts and concerns in clinical practice.

Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice

Author: Marcus West

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781855756229

Page: 140

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Dreams work on the emotional raw material of our life experience and an ability to work with them is an essential tool for the counsellor, psychotherapist and analyst. This book is the fifth in the series of SAP monographs that aim to provide a practical guide to core concepts and concerns in clinical practice. The book offers a simple, effective and practical method of exploring, understanding and working with dreams which illuminates the rich layers of their symbolic meaning.

Dreams in Group Psychotherapy

Despite the variety of sources, the clinical approaches described complement each other, and the book details many case studies, including a first dream in the group, an unconscious meeting between women and men, and other polarities within ...

Dreams in Group Psychotherapy

Author: Robi Friedman

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1846423503

Page: 304

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Dreams told in the group are conjoint individual and group creations. They are both influenced by the group atmosphere and may in turn influence it and the individual, promoting change and development. Dreams have a deepening effect on therapeutic work and, due to their unconscious content, they may represent the most authentic exchange between individual and group. This state-of-the-art book provides help for therapists encountering a dream told in their group. It covers the major theoretical perspectives for their understanding, as well as representing different psychological schools and their approaches to the technical issues of group dream therapy. Despite the variety of sources, the clinical approaches described complement each other, and the book details many case studies, including a first dream in the group, an unconscious meeting between women and men, and other polarities within the individual and the group.

Therapy with Dreams and Nightmares

′Delia Cushway′s wealth of experience makes this new edition an essential read for all aspiring counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists as well as for more experienced practitioners seeking to enhance their practice′ - Prof ...

Therapy with Dreams and Nightmares

Author: Delia Cushway

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446292185

Page: 168

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'Delia Cushway's wealth of experience makes this new edition an essential read for all aspiring counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists as well as for more experienced practitioners seeking to enhance their practice' - Prof Sue Wheeler, Director of Doctoral Programme, Institute of Lifelong Learning 'I found the book fascinating, illuminating not only my client's material but also my own night-life. The book's strength lies in integrating perspectives from many different psychotherapeutic disciplines, from psychoanalytic to cognitive' - Diana Sanders, Counselling Psychologist and Cognitive Psychotherapist This practical book shows how dreamwork can be a fruitful therapeutic tool for all therapists and practitioners in the helping professions. Emphasising that dreams are a powerful means of accessing an individual's emotions, creativity and wisdom, Delia Cushway has updated the first edition to include: - Skills for working with trauma and survivors of sexual abuse - Cross-cultural, spiritual and religious approaches to dreamwork - Up-to-date research and theory on using Cognitive, Objectivist and Constructivist models and methods - The importance of reflective practice - Scientific functions and meanings of dreams and their role in information processing and memory consolidation. Steeped in practical hints and tips, vivid case examples and methods of interpreting dream language, this highly accessible guide is an invaluable resource for therapists. Delia Cushway is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at Coventry University and a practising Registered Clinical Psychologist. Robyn Sewell is a Chartered Psychologist and Group Psychotherapist, now fully retired.

Awakening Through Dreams

This book is about recognising this process when it occurs in dreams, and how to work with them in the service of our growth and self-realisation.

Awakening Through Dreams

Author: Nigel Hamilton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781782200505

Page: 260

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Most Western approaches to dreams are limited to a psychological paradigm. Building on Jung's work, which was heavily influenced by the transformative model of alchemy, a new multidimensional approach to the process of human transformation through dreams has been developed which recognises the interrelationship of the psychological and the spiritual, and works with the mirroring body in service of both. In the approach presented here, dreams are seen as a mixture of worldly impressions and expressions of our individual spirit, which is trying to speak to us through the metaphors and narrative of our dreams. In this way, the spiritual comes through the psychological dimension. Though it may seem to be a contradiction, our dreams hold the key to our 'awakening' and, by actively engaging with them we can unlock their potential for initiating and facilitating our own unfoldment. This book is about recognising this process when it occurs in dreams, and how to work with them in the service of our growth and self-realisation.

A Guide to the World of Dreams

This book describes essential aspects of Jungian, psychoanalytic, existential, experiential and cognitive approaches to dreams and dreaming, and explores dreams in sleep laboratories, neuroscience and contemporary theories of dream ...

A Guide to the World of Dreams

Author: Ole Vedfelt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317364937

Page: 236

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In A Guide to the World of Dreams, Ole Vedfelt presents an in-depth look at dreams in psychotherapy, counselling and self-help, and offers an overview of current clinical knowledge and scientific research, including contemporary neuroscience. This book describes essential aspects of Jungian, psychoanalytic, existential, experiential and cognitive approaches to dreams and dreaming, and explores dreams in sleep laboratories, neuroscience and contemporary theories of dream cognition. Vedfelt clearly and effectively describes ten core qualities of dreams, and delineates a resource-oriented step-by-step manual for dreamwork at varying levels of expertise. For each core quality, key learning outcomes are clarified and resource-oriented, creative and motivating exercises for practical dreamwork are spelled out, providing clear and manageable methods. A Guide to the World of Dreams also introduces a new cybernetic theory of dreams as intelligent, unconscious information processing, and integrates contemporary clinical research into this theory. The book even includes a wealth of engaging examples from the author’s lifelong practical experience with all levels and facets of dreamwork. Vedfelt’s seminal work is essential reading for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, and even psychiatrists, and could well be a fundamental textbook for courses at high schools, colleges, universities and even in adult-education classes. The book’s transparent method and real-life examples will inspire individuals all over the world who seek self-help or self-development – any reader will be captivated to discover how knowledge of dreams stimulates creativity in everyday life and even in professional life.

Dreams Counselling and Healing

You may also use the journal to try out the various techniques for working with
dreams. One client expressed her view: I have been having psychotherapy and
have been told to write my dreams down and to try to work out what they mean.

Dreams  Counselling and Healing

Author: Brenda Mallon

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717168018

Page: 256

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Let your unconscious heal you Listening to your dreams can help you understand the ‘inner’ knowledge your body contains and your dreams express. Our emotions influence the production of healing and destructive opiates within our bodies – our feelings impact our physical well-being. In Dreams, Counselling and Healing, experienced psychotherapist and dream expert Brenda Mallon shows how you can harness your dreams to heal yourself. Using counselling sessions, material from workshops and groupwork and from first-hand accounts, reinforced with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary research in dreams and therapy, Brenda Mallon will help you discover what your unconscious is trying to tell you. Dreams, Counselling and Healing explores how dream content reveals crucial insights that enhance healing in body, mind and spirit. This is an invaluable book for anyone who wants to learn more about the interpretation dreams and their dynamic application to making positive life changes, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Dream Work in Psychotherapy and Self change

Written both for people who want to work on their own dreams and for psychotherapists, this book shows how one can draw on dreams to bring about self-change.

Dream Work in Psychotherapy and Self change

Author: Alvin R. Mahrer

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393700893

Page: 372

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Written both for people who want to work on their own dreams and for psychotherapists, this book shows how one can draw on dreams to bring about self-change.