Dream Therapy and Interpretation is a very important part of how hypnotherapists work with their clients for a number of reasons. First, the hypnotherapist can suggest the client vent out the cause of the presenting complaint, Second, when the client records and later on reports to the hypnotherapist what dreams he/she has been having, the therapist can assess what king of emotions the client is releasing, Thirdly, dream therapy is a way that the subconscious lets the hypnotherapists know what is going on subconsciously with the client.
Dreams, although sometimes taken literally, are a mixture of messages some parts being literal, while other portions symbolic. It is essential that the hypnotherapist does not take on the attitude that they are some kind of expert on dreams because we certainly are not. The reason being, the symbols and their meanings are specific to each person’s perception. Dreams can bring up past traumas or events, which are re-introduced into the client’s mind. It is highly recommended that the therapist ask the client what a particular symbol means to him/her. Guessing can only lead to a loss of rapport between therapist and client.
Dreams are triggered by every day events. To interpret a dream, the therapist has to partnership with the client, because it is the client who has the capability to translate most of the information. Dreams originate from the right brain, but for the left brain to understand and accept them, there has to be a deciphering process and that’s where we as hypnotherapists do our work.
When interpreting a dream, the therapist has to ask the client what was being vented out in the dream. (Refer to my article on “Hypnotherapy and Dreams”). Whatever the result of the interpretation of the dream is what is being vented out through the subconscious. The therapist has to explain to the client that by venting out that particular issue, the client is letting go of it.
To go past a situation, to let go of an emotion, a person has to feel that emotion, experience it and so by venting it out in a dream, the client has let go of it. Another question to ask the client would be whether he/she is aware of what triggered the dream in the client’s present day life. And how does it relate? The therapist has to ask the client this to see if it was simply the hypnotic suggestions from previous sessions or if something in his/her everyday life did trigger the dream.For more information, Email: Dwarren.email@example.com
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