Dreams and Therapy

"To sleep, perchance to dream..." 
(Hamlet, W. Shakespeare)

What is a dream?  

When we experience a dream, it is with every fiber of our being. How many times have you awoken with the words, "Thank goodness, it was only a dream"? Most people have a tendency to explain away a dream on something they ate or on something they watched on television the night before.

However, dreams are a gift from a deeper part of our mind that desires to help guide us on our journey of personal growth.  Generally, the purpose of a dream is to communicate something that we do not know, or do not fully understand. Like poetry, they are expressed symbolically in a form of imagery and emotion. This can make them feel confused or even unimportant.  However, dreams are an important puzzle to be solved so that we can discover the secret treasure that is within us. The dream is like a window into the unconscious, which is addressing your current feelings and life issues.


  1.   Place paper and pen and your dream journal or a tape recorder next to your bed indicating your intention to remember and record your dream upon awakening.

  2.     As you are relaxing yourself to enter sleep, remind yourself that you want to remember your dreams. Visualize waking up and remembering a dream.

  3.     Upon awakening, stop...don't move...and remember your dream. Try to recall as much as you can; it may only be a fragment to begin with. As you review that fragment in your mind, other parts of the dream may develop.

4.     If you don't recall a dream, notice your first thoughts or feelings. These thoughts and feelings may give you information about what you were dreaming. After you have gone over the dream in your mind, you are ready to record it. If you do not have time to write it out before you start the day, you may want to use a tape recorder and journal it later. Dreams tend to fade away unless recorded. Be patient with yourself. Remembering your dreams is a skill that you can learn. It is well worth the effort.

"A dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public, and the critic." 
(C. G. Jung)

By working with your dreams in therapy, we can often get to the core issues more quickly. Developing a cooperative relationship with this deeper, wiser part of your self promotes the natural healing process. A more balanced attitude inside of us creates more balance in our lives and relationships