When a dream appears in a therapeutic setting, the patient invites us to explore an intimate mental and conscience-based experience. This opportunity should not be missed.
All of our patients dream some remember their dreams and even choose to share them during therapy. Various studies have found that one out of five people experiences lucid dreams at least once a month, and among people who go to therapy, these numbers may be even higher.
Unfortunately, few therapists understand what lucid dreams are or understand what lucid dreamers experience. Understanding the lucid dream and the potential inherent in it, allows us not only to understand one out of every five patients’ experience but also gives us the tools to use this ability to advance and support the therapeutic process.
When a dream is shared in a therapeutic setting, the patient invites us to touch on an intimate mental and emotional experience and gives us a direct glimpse into their subconscious. This opportunity should not be missed. Sometimes, the patient expects us, as therapists, to understand the meaning of the dream and interpret it. What happens in face of this expectation? And what other ways are there to work with dream world elements with our patients? If you feel that you lack the tools for working with “regular” dreams in the therapeutic process or you are unsure about how to address them, I would be happy to support you in working with dreams during therapy.
I offer a process intended for therapists working with patients who experience lucid dreaming or unusual dream states. During this process, we will figure out how to address the dreaming experiences in therapy and will plan how to use lucid dreaming tools to advance treatment.