Working with Dreams in Psychotherapy
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This accessible guide to dream interpretation is designed to help clinicians incorporate work with dreams more effectively into therapy. The author integrates psychodynamic, experiential, and humanistic theories into a comprehensive model based on the premises that dreams are personal and reflect waking life; that the meaning of dreams is best understood in a collaborative effort between client and therapist; and that both cognitions and emotions are important in this process. Based on the latest theory and research on sleep, dreaming, and cognition, and backed up by clinical work with both individuals and groups, the book contains numerous case examples. An appendix features a reproducible self-guided manual on dream interpretation, suitable for distribution to clients, which features step-by-step instructions and worksheets. This book will be of value to clinicians working in many different modalities, as well as researchers interested in dream interpretation.
Table of Contents
Part I: Background. The Role of Dream Interpretation in Therapy. What Therapists Need to Know about Sleep and Dreaming. History of Dream Interpretation. Part II: Explication of the Cognitive-Experiential Model of Dream Formation and Dream Interpretation. A Cognitive-Experiential Model of Dream Formation and Dream Interpretation. Exploration Stage. Insight Stage. Action Stage. Therapeutic Issues in Using the Dream Interpretation Model. Part III: Clinical Examples of Using the Cognitive-Experiential Model in Therapy. Single Session Dream Interpretation. Individual Therapy with Recurrent Dreams and Nightmares. Dream Groups. Part IV: Empirical Research on Dreams and Therapy. A Review of the Research on Dreams and Therapy. Appendix: Hill, Heaton, Petersen, A Manual for Self-Guided Dream Interpretation Using the Hill Model of Dream Interpretation.
"Dreams have waited a very long time to be admitted to the club of mainstream respectability. Finally, this feat has been accomplished by a distinguished scholar, researcher, scientist and clinician. Thank you, Clara Hill, for this achievement, and for putting your own stamp on dream interpretation." - Al R. Mahrer, Ph.D.
"A straightforward and clearly written manual on working with dreams in psychotherapy. The book is jargon-free and very easy to read. It should be useful to therapists and counselors of any theoretical persuasion in their work with dreams." - Ernest Hartmann, MD.