How Does It Work? We would meet on a regular basis, usually once a week, sometimes more frequently. This can be done in person, via internet, or by telephone. I would ask you to keep a record of your dreams. I would ask you to write them down (and to make a copy for me also). I would also ask that you include with your dreams notes on your thoughts and activities of the day before the dream.
When we meet, we discuss your dreams, and together, we try and come up with an interpretation. After becoming aware of our dreams, we see that they are offered as a series. It is important to consider how each dream fits into a sequence with previous dreams. Because the feel of each dream differs from others, it is easy to overlook repetitive appearances of particular symbols as well as repetitive dream motifs, which, if interpreted correctly, point in a particular direction, seem to refer to particular problems or ideas. Once the tendencies of the unconscious begin to be recognized consciously, it becomes clearer as to how the unconscious communicates and what are its intentions. A dream never tells us what we know already.
I hold an Honors B.A. Sociology / Psychology; an M.A. focusing on Suicidology & Crisis Intervention; a Ph.D. with emphasis in Social Psychology & Social Critical Theory; a Master of Social Work that provided expertise with a number of popular social work counseling modalities. I draw upon all these areas of expertise within the dream interpretation process.
If I Don't Dream? My experience is such that usually, if a person is genuinely interested in understanding her or his dreams, the unconscious is receptive, cooperative, and reciprocal.
Put a pad of paper and pen by your bed, and promise to write down your dream as soon as you wake up (sometimes this means writing it down in the middle of the night). Usually within a few days a dream appears. Such is the mysterious and wonderful way of the unconscious.
If Nothing Happens? Dream work is often good for people who are introspective and able to talk about their feelings and experiences. You are under no obligation to continue if you feel that you are not suited to dream interpretation.
How Do I Work With The Dream? We discuss your dreams and consider the associations and amplifications to each symbol in the dream. This process of unraveling the symbol and making sense of it can be very informative in ways that are both unexpected and profound. Because each dream is created by the individual's unconscious specifically for the individual, dream interpretation is an entirely unique experience. There is no dream dictionary upon which we would rely for explanation, rather, we work with what the dream contents are, which symbols appear in the dream, and how these contents are meaningful. By working line-by-line through each dream, we begin to see how dreams are actually quite clear and specific in regard to their intentions. After becoming clearer about the intentions of the unconscious, there is a step that is required wherein the knowledge that comes from dream interpretation is put into lived experience.
How Long Must I interpret My Dreams? There is no set time that you must work with your dreams. I, myself, began working with a Jungian analyst in 1981. You can be involved as long or as briefly as you wish. The work around dream interpretation creates a genuine relationship between client and professional that is unique to our time together. We can establish what works best for both of us. In my experience, it is best to meet at least once a week, though more frequently is sometimes required, based on the volume of material that the unconscious offers. Less than weekly meetings often leaves the voice of the unconscious compromised.
In the words of C. G. Jung: "There is no reason to believe that the unconscious does not say what it means; in sharpest contradiction to Freud, I say that the unconscious says what it means. Nature is never diplomatic. If nature produces a tree, it is a tree and not a mistake for a dog."