Research indicates that dream work accelerates and deepens the psychotherapeutic process. However, an exclusive content-focused approach to dream analysis departs from the objectives of most non-psychodynamic therapy by treating the dream as a fixed narrative, the dreamer, as a passive witness, and proceeding to analyze the visual content for its presumed meaning. Add to that the object-oriented language that characterizes the traditional consideration of dream “symbols” and “content” apart from the dreamer, and dream interpretation arguably violates the social constructionistic, client centered flavor of contemporary psychotherapy. Unlike traditional content-oriented approaches, a co-creative or co-determined approach to dream theory and analysis comes into alignment with a variety of themes in contemporary psychotherapy, including the centrality of choice, freedom, and personal responsibility in existential therapies; the constructed nature of personal reality in social constructionism and postmodern therapies; and the reciprocal nature of human relationships in family systems. As such, co-creative dream work methods can be seen as a supportive, supplementary practice in a diverse array of modern therapies, and thus be incorporated seamlessly into contemporary counselor training.

What does a dreamworker do?

1)    Uses various dreamworking techniques to gain an understanding of what the dream means or what the dreaming mind is revealing about his/her waking life.

 2)    The dreamworker may then create a plan of action based on this new understanding, with the intention of advancing his/her personal, interpersonal, transpersonal or spiritual development.

 

What does a dreamworker not do?

 1)    A dreamworker does not, under any circumstances, interpret, analyze or otherwise tell a dreamer what his/her dream means or how to act on it.

 2)    A dreamworker does not offer psychotherapy or other therapeutic counseling to others unless he or she is specifically licensed to do so.

How does a dreamworker work with dreams?

 A dreamworker may choose to work with dreams in any or all of the following ways:

#1 – Workshop: two half-day workshops.

#2 – Dream Group: a dream group of 3 – 6 individuals, planning to meet a minimum of 4 times for 1.5 hrs.

#3 – Individual Mentoring: Work on an individual basis for 4 weekly sessions of at least one hour each.

Dreams enable people to see the world with new eyes, as the vistas of dream consciousness pay no heed to the usual awake rules of space and time. There is no one way to regard dreams or to interpret them. If you are committed to exploring your dreams, you will remember them, and they will most certainly help you. But you must be committed and dedicated to seeing and recalling your dreams before you can hope to interpret them properly.

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