John Gottman and Julie Gottman (2005) demonstrate through role-playing the ways therapists can break a couples’ gridlock due to conflict. Through an intervention of “dreams within the conflict,” therapists are shown how to help couples be more open for dialogue in order to successfully compromise on unresolvable issues.
This is an experiential "dream shop." Since most people spend between 1/4 and 1/3 of each 24 hours in sleep state, learning to make use of dreams can often facilitate and speed up therapy. This workshop offers a unique approach to using dreams therapeutically and will include small group practice in dream retelling and decoding. Come prepared to explore your dreams.
In this experiential workshop, volunteers will be asked to describe a dream in detail and then work on it with Dr. Gendlin. It is not necessary to tell everything; private space and silent meditation are essential. The use of Focusing will be demonstrated.
To list three reasons for working with dreams in the initial interview and in brief psychotherapy.
Given patients with no dreaming, list techniques for eliciting dreams and for "dream substitutes."
Two cases in which dream work played important roles will be presented and illustrated with videotaped sessions. The first is a case of a young single man with premature ejaculation, wherein the active, psychodynamic use of dream work "broke through'' the patient's intense resistance. The other is that of a married man with primary retarded ejaculations in which dreams were used to guide the behavioral aspects of therapy.