What is Dreamwork?
By its very nature, dreamwork is deeply transformative. Dreams are our psyche's way of showing us what is missing from our conscious personalities, whether it be an aspect of ourselves that we have “disowned” and need to reintegrate, or whether it be the truth about what is happening in a life situation that we find ourselves in.
“Dreamwork” is another word for “dream analysis” or “dream interpretation.” I prefer not to use the term “interpretation” because it can be misleading. As a dreamworker, I don't simply tell you what your dreams mean. Dreamwork is a collaborative process between the dreamworker (me) and you the dreamer. The dream landscape, including all of the objects and figures that appear in it, are for the most part a product of the dreamer's personal psyche. This means that the only way to uncover the meanings of the dream is to uncover your personal associations about it. For example, if you dream about a rabbit, I need to know about what your personal thoughts and feelings are about rabbits. Perhaps you had a pet rabbit when you were nine years old, or perhaps you have an embarrassing fear of rabbits. It does us no good to look up “rabbit” in a dream dictionary because what matters is what the rabbit is to you.
Once we uncover your associations for the dream animal, we then see what is happening between it and the other dream figures, and the meaning starts to emerge. Dreamwork is a process that I facilitate as you uncover your associations and make connections between the dream situations and the situations in your life. The very act of forming these connections is usually profound and transformative, as you reach within to make contact with intimate, forgotten aspects of your self.
I became a dreamworker in part because it became evident that I have a natural ability for grasping dream symbolism and tuning into people's psyches. This ability has been enhanced by my countless hours of working dreams and by my studies in depth psychology—having some knowledge about the human psyche, its structures and dynamics, comes in handy. As you share your dream, I tune into the dream and your psyche, and when appropriate, apply specific theories, all of which helps to guide us in the process. Ultimately, however, whether or not an interpretation is accurate is determined by you, the dreamer. Usually, it will be evident to both of us when an interpretation is right because we will feel a tangible shift in the room, the presence of a slight transformation, similar to the experience of a revelation. Revealing the meaning of a single dream can greatly and positively change how you interact with your life and the people around you, empowering you to make better decisions, and sending you on a better trajectory that is in greater alignment with your more complete, authentic self.
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