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

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


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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.

Working with Dreams and PTSD Nightmares: 14 Approaches for Psychotherapists and Counselors is an essential tool for anyone seeking to learn how to work with dreams. It covers all major methods in use today, offering outlines of the processes with descriptive examples that make the material come alive for the reader. The clinical examples enable counselors and psychotherapists to be able to see the effectiveness of dreamwork processes, and the text clearly explains techniques so readers can use them in clinical and counseling sessions.

PTSD nightmares are given special attention to serve counselors and therapists who assist PTSD patients in settings such as private practice, mental health centers, community centers, and hospitals. 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.

  • 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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440841279
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/25/2016
Pages: 281
Sales rank: 823,677
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jacquie E. Lewis, PhD, is codirector of the Dream Studies Certificate Program at Saybrook University. She also teaches dream analysis at California Southern University.

Stanley Krippner, PhD, is professor of psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland, a fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32).

Table of Contents

Foreword Deirdre Barrett ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Jacquie E. Lewis Stanley Krippner xiii

1 Jungian Dreamwork Alan G. Vaughan 1

2 Psychodynamic Dreamwork Milton Kramer 23

3 Existential Dreamwork Jason Dias 39

4 Gestalt Dreamwork Kenneth Meyer 51

5 Humanistic Dreamwork Jacquie E. Lewis Stanley Krippner 69

6 Focusing Dreamwork Leslie Ellis 89

7 Transpersonal Dreamwork Jeremy Taylor 103

8 Cognitive-Behavioral Dreamwork Jacques Montangero 117

9 Hill Cognitive-Experiential Method Clara E. Hill Patricia T. Spangler 133

10 Developmental Life Cycle Method Alan Siegel 143

11 Dream Interview Method Gayle Delaney 165

12 The Five Star Method G. Scott Sparrow 191

13 Integral Dreaming Method Fariba Bogzaran Daniel Deslauriers 207

14 Dream to Freedom Method™ Robert Hoss Lynne Hoss 225

Appendix A How to Help Clients Remember and Record Dreams Jacquie E. Lewis 243

Appendix B Working with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares Stanley Krippner 251

Glossary 269

Index 271

About the Editors and Contributors 275

What People are Saying About This

Ruth Richards

"Powerful! Great place for therapist, client, and interested reader alike to start, to sort out a diversity of dreamwork approaches—from Freudian, to Jungian, to cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, focusing, and much more, even including cutting-edge approaches such as 'tapping' or transformation of PTSD nightmares. We humans literally spend years of our lives in the dream state, and this book can open new worlds and new ways of knowing, especially for persons in the West just discovering the wisdom of dreams. Each of 14 approaches includes authoritative information and examples, all from experts in the field. Not to be missed."

Robert Moss

"Stanley Krippner has made a stellar contribution over many decades to our understanding of dreaming, shamanism, and consciousness, marrying the best of science and scholarship to a humanistic concern for lived experience and respect for the traditions of indigenous dreaming peoples. Now, with co-editor Jacquie Lewis and their many distinguished contributors, he brings us an emergency medical kit for those who are called on to treat the serious malaise of dream deprivation in modern society—and its concomitant, the woeful inexperience of many in the caring and clinical professions when it comes to helping people to work with dreams. Working with Dreams and Nightmares brings together a wide spectrum of approaches, from Gestalt to cognitive-behavioral, from Freud and Jung to the Ullman method of dream appreciation and body-centered 'focusing.' The contributors are joined in a common concern to offer practical recourses for nightmare relief and to help PTSD sufferers to find their way through. Many of them provide transcripts of sessions with clients or dream-sharing groups that demonstrate, step by step, how they work their preferred techniques. There are valuable suggestions on how to help those who are new to dreamwork remember dreams, step beyond fears—and keep wanting to come back to work with more dreams."

Jayne Gackenbach

"This exciting new book on dreamwork is written both for the professional therapist and the individual who uses their dreams as a growth vehicle. The editors have drawn upon a wide range of specialists in the field offering various techniques, often based in theoretical assumptions, but also ones that are more empirically driven. The bottom line is that there are depth techniques for such important work herein which will satisfy most predilections."

Kelly Bulkeley

"This book gathers the most experienced and talented group of dream explorers actively working today. Jacquie E. Lewis and Stanley Krippner have presented readers with an extremely useful and well-organized survey of various practical methods for interpreting dreams and gleaning their multiple dimensions of meaning. Anyone involved in therapy, counseling, or caregiving will find this book an outstanding resource."

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