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Aug 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review: 'Dream Work in Therapy-Facilitating Exploration, Insight and Action' by Dr Clara Hill

Mike Hackett, counsellor & PCI College graduate reviews 'Dream Work in Therapy-Facilitating Exploration, Insight and Action' by Dr Clara Hill for this week's Bite-Sized Book Review

Dream Work in Therapy: Facilitating Exploration, Insight and Action by Dr. Clara Hill

Everyone dreams, every night, several times a night. So few people however admit to remembering these strange nighttime visitors. What is it about these sometimes scary, bizarre, awesome nightly mind-movies that simultaneously fascinate and confuse? How often do we catch snippets of conversations on the DART, the Luas, the bus, on the street, which begin with the words “I had a crazy dream last night …”. Our dreams are everywhere.

For professionals, we often struggle when clients bring dreams into the therapy room unless we have had experience of working with dreams in our training or in our own personal therapy.  We can often feel unprepared, often not sure where to start.

That’s why its so great to have a practical model available, also grounded in research when it comes to applying Dreamwork in the counselling setting. This is where Dr Clara Hill’s book, is such an excellent resource for practicing therapists.

The Dreamwork Model developed by Dr Hill is Cognitive-Experiential and focuses on “Exploration, Insight & Action”, providing a step-wise method for helping a client facilitate their dreams, exploring the images, situations and events of the dream, gaining insight from the various interactions, and ultimately, taking action in one’s daily life to use the dream as a signpost in growth and personal development.

Unlike other dream books, there is no background or biographical information on the history of the dreamwork movement (Freud, Jung etc.) and you will need to have some knowledge of Cognitive and Experiential Therapies to get the most from the book. However, it’s a good one to have in your therapeutic toolbox.

An insightful, effective and practical read for those interested in working with dreams.

Mike Hackett (August 2014)
Introspect Counselling & PCI College Graduate

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