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Re: Dream ? -- trigger LostPirate

Posted by Dinah on July 29, 2010, at 8:00:51

In reply to Dream ? -- trigger, posted by LostPirate on July 29, 2010, at 7:04:22

Therapists are pretty understanding about dreams. I've told mine some pretty disturbing ones over the years, including the one where his wife told me he was a eunuch. They understand that while there is meaning in them, it isn't the most literal meaning.

I've told my therapist my dreams in different ways, from hiding my face in my lap and letting my hair fall over it, to accusingly, to matter-of-factly. I suppose he uses the way I tell him, along with the dream, to understand what's going on in the therapeutic relationship.

So yes, I would definitely tell her. If she's a well trained and competent therapist, it won't hurt or shock or surprise her. Any way you do it is ok. There is no special form.

I usually say something like "I dreamed about you after our last session". And while my eyes are generally averted, I can still see him perk up his head and wag his tail like a terrier catching a scent. Therapists, in my admittedly limited experience, love dreams about themselves. They must enjoy putting their training to use.

You're doing difficult and distressing work in therapy. I'd think dreams would be a not uncommon part of the process.




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