What is it about?

This article identifies the main techniques in use across modern Western approaches to working with dreams. The author has identified a distinct trend away from traditional analysis and toward more experiential approaches to dreamwork.

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Why is it important?

The clinical use of dreams has been declining despite the fact that dream analysis is how the entire psychotherapeutic endeavour began. It is perceived by many as antiquated and complex, but in fact, the current approaches are engaging and relatively simple to use.


My goal in researching and writing this article was to determine how modern Western dreamwork practitioners are actually working with client dreams. This is a step toward developing a simple, universal approach to make working with dreams more accessible to therapists. It also forms the basis of my forthcoming book, A Clinician's Guide to Dream Therapy.

Dr Leslie Ellis

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This page is a summary of: Common factors leading to a universal approach to dreamwork: A qualitative analysis., Dreaming, March 2019, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/drm0000098.
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