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.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

Fast-Track to Deep Waters

Why Work with Dreams?

chapter 2|8 pages

Bringing It Home

Inviting Dreamwork into Your Practice, and Your Life

chapter 3|11 pages

Common Factors

Toward a Universal Approach to Working with Dreams

chapter 4|11 pages

Mapping the Route

The Science of Dreaming

chapter 5|9 pages

Understanding the Terrain

The Dream Is Born in Metaphor

chapter 6|8 pages

From Ordinary to Sublime

Kinds of Dreams

chapter 7|13 pages

Navigating the Dream Divide

Woman in the Mirror Dream

chapter 8|8 pages

The Central Quest

Finding the Life Force Inherent in All Dreams

chapter 9|8 pages

Avenues of Exploration

Visual Art and Technology

chapter 10|8 pages

The Inner Journey

Dreams and the Body

chapter 11|9 pages

Perfect Storms

Working with Nightmares and Bad Dreams

chapter 12|9 pages

Fellow Travelers

Working with Dreams in Groups

chapter 13|11 pages

How Dreams Enlarge Us

Big Dreams

chapter 14|13 pages


Applying Neuroscience to Dreamwork