Working with Dreams and PTSD Nightmares
14 Approaches for Psychotherapists and Counselors
by Jacquie E. Lewis, PhD, and Stanley Krippner, PhD, Editors
July 2016, 281pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4127-9
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Different dreamwork approaches are appropriate for different situations, settings, and client personalities.

Both a manual on the various methods for working with dreams and an easily understandable description about dreamwork methods and PTSD nightmares for general readers, this book will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, academics, and students.

Working with Dreams and PTSD Nightmares: 14 Approaches for Psychotherapists and Counselors is an essential tool for anyone seeking to learn how to work with dreams. It covers all major methods in use today, offering outlines of the processes with descriptive examples that make the material come alive for the reader. The clinical examples enable counselors and psychotherapists to be able to see the effectiveness of dreamwork processes, and the text clearly explains techniques so readers can use them in clinical and counseling sessions.

PTSD nightmares are given special attention to serve counselors and therapists who assist PTSD patients in settings such as private practice, mental health centers, community centers, and hospitals. This book is a comprehensive textbook appropriate for courses on psychology and dreams. Readers who are interested in dreamwork methods but have not previously worked in the field will find the information accessible, concise, and clear.


  • Summarizes dreamwork theories and describes techniques that counselors and psychotherapists can use whether their clients presents one dream, a recurring dream, or a nightmare
  • Presents clear and concise explanations from top professionals on how their methods can be applied to uncover the deeper meaning of dreams, accompanied by illustrative examples for the reader
  • Explains how various practical dreamwork methods are informed by clinical theories
Jacquie E. Lewis, PhD, is codirector of the Dream Studies Certificate Program at Saybrook University. She also teaches dream analysis at California Southern University. She is coeditor of Weaving Dreams into the Classroom: Practical Ideas for Teaching about Dreams at Every Grade Level, including Adult Education. Lewis is the former secretary of the board of directors for The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) as well as the former editor of Dream-News (IASD's monthly online newsletter). She was the conference host for the 2009 IASD annual conference, Chicago, IL. She has written journal articles focusing on the dream reports of animal rights activists and is a former columnist on dreams for Good Karma magazine.

Stanley Krippner, PhD, is professor of psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland, a fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY. Krippner is a pioneer in the study of consciousness, having conducted research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, and with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that question mainstream paradigms. He is coauthor of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them; Perchance to Dream: The Frontiers of Dream Psychology; Praeger's Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums, and Other Extraordinary People and Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion?; and Demystifying Shamans and Their World: A Multidisciplinary Study. Krippner is coeditor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence as well as dozens of other books. He has published more than 1,200 scholarly articles, chapters, and papers.


"This exciting new book on dreamwork is written both for the professional therapist and the individual who uses their dreams as a growth vehicle. The editors have drawn upon a wide range of specialists in the field offering various techniques, often based in theoretical assumptions, but also ones that are more empirically driven. The bottom line is that there are depth techniques for such important work herein which will satisfy most predilections."—Jayne Gackenbach, PhD, Editor, Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain; Past-president, International Association for the Study of Dreams

"This book gathers the most experienced and talented group of dream explorers actively working today. Jacquie E. Lewis and Stanley Krippner have presented readers with an extremely useful and well-organized survey of various practical methods for interpreting dreams and gleaning their multiple dimensions of meaning. Anyone involved in therapy, counseling, or caregiving will find this book an outstanding resource."—Kelly Bulkeley, PhD, Author of Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

"Stanley Krippner has made a stellar contribution over many decades to our understanding of dreaming, shamanism, and consciousness, marrying the best of science and scholarship to a humanistic concern for lived experience and respect for the traditions of indigenous dreaming peoples. Now, with co-editor Jacquie Lewis and their many distinguished contributors, he brings us an emergency medical kit for those who are called on to treat the serious malaise of dream deprivation in modern society—and its concomitant, the woeful inexperience of many in the caring and clinical professions when it comes to helping people to work with dreams. Working with Dreams and Nightmares brings together a wide spectrum of approaches, from Gestalt to cognitive-behavioral, from Freud and Jung to the Ullman method of dream appreciation and body-centered 'focusing.' The contributors are joined in a common concern to offer practical recourses for nightmare relief and to help PTSD sufferers to find their way through. Many of them provide transcripts of sessions with clients or dream-sharing groups that demonstrate, step by step, how they work their preferred techniques. There are valuable suggestions on how to help those who are new to dreamwork remember dreams, step beyond fears—and keep wanting to come back to work with more dreams." —Robert Moss, author of Conscious Dreaming, Active Dreaming, and The Secret History of Dreaming

"Powerful! Great place for therapist, client, and interested reader alike to start, to sort out a diversity of dreamwork approaches—from Freudian, to Jungian, to cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, focusing, and much more, even including cutting-edge approaches such as 'tapping' or transformation of PTSD nightmares. We humans literally spend years of our lives in the dream state, and this book can open new worlds and new ways of knowing, especially for persons in the West just discovering the wisdom of dreams. Each of 14 approaches includes authoritative information and examples, all from experts in the field. Not to be missed."—Ruth Richards, PhD, MD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University; Editor, Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature
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