The royal road: Dream Theory and Technique
September 2022 – December 2022
This seminar will focus on an introduction to the theory and technique of working with dreams, beginning with Freud's original model of unconscious communication and subsequent developments in theory and technique used among clinicians today.
Starting with Freud's theory of dreams and his technique of decoding the latent meanings hidden within the manifest content, we will follow Bion's radical recasting of dream theory.
Bion expanded the theory of dreams and dreaming to include unconscious phantasies of all types and emphasized the use of imagination to bring specificity to our emotional experiences. In Bion's view, dreaming is necessary for relationships and growth of the self. Difficulties or failures in dreaming then became signs of illness or trauma, a symptom of the presence of an unbearable and undream-able psychic pain.
Currently, dreams and dreaming are seen as a source of communication and interaction between 2 unconscious minds. Ferro and Ogden, among others, turn our attention to the function of dreaming as essential to the psychotherapeutic process, taking place in each session. The therapist's capacity to dream functions as an adjunct to the patient's insufficient or impaired dreaming, gradually restoring this essential vitality in the patient, as the therapist dreams the dream the patient cannot dream (Ogden 2007).
Karen has experience in successfully treating individuals, couples and families suffering with:
Stress and anger management
Living with medical conditions
Why I might be the right therapist for you:
My office is located in Exton, easy to reach, and convenient for those working or living in Chester Springs, Phoenixville, Downingtown, West Chester,
Glenmoore and Coatesville.
20 years of practice experience means I have the skills and practical knowledge to understand emotional problems and intervene relatively quickly.
Teaching and providing clinical supervision to other therapists is part of my practice.
On-going learning and training continues to be an important part of my work. Devotion to the skills, attention to the practice, and curiosity about human experience sustain
my interest in the practice of psychotherapy.
Telehealth meetings are available using a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform.
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