Jungian psychotherapy embraces the notion that dreams are a valuable
therapeutic and life tool. Simply put: dreams tell us how we really
feel. Even as our conscious minds struggle to make sense out of our
varied experience, dreams reveal deeper layers of truth about who
we are and how we perceive our lives. Frequently dreams point out
pathways toward healing, new possibilities, or forgotten interests
that can enrich our lives in ways not previously imagined. As the
Jungian analyst Marie-Louise von Franz observed:
….dreams cannot protect us from the vicissitudes and illnesses
and sad events of human existence. But they do give us a guiding line
on how to cope with them, how to find meaning in our life, how to
fulfill our own destiny, how to follow our own star…in order
to realize the greater potential of life within us.
The best way to form a relationship with your own dream life is to
keep a journal. Bringing this journal to therapy enables you to make
connections between the events of your life and your deepest reactions
to those events. As we work together to host your dreams, we attempt
to allow their wisdom and meaning inform the therapeutic process.
This collaborative approach to dreamwork in therapy significantly
supports the process of self-understanding and self-actualization.