Dreams and Dream Work in the Therapeutic Process

By Ursula Carsen, RP, CTP Dipl

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When you are dealing with nightmares, recurring and puzzling dreams, or metaphors that are difficult to decipher, dream work as part of your therapeutic process can be particularly valuable. Dream work is like an expedition in uncharted territory: it helps you create a map of your inner landscape, and uncover treasures from the depths of your psyche’s mysteries. Shedding light on your dreams can be instrumental in the recovery from emotional problems and distress.

Why Millennials are Ready to Talk it Out

“Organizations like Toronto Psychotherapy Group, whose members provide professional help for a wide array of issues experienced by patients of all ages, are seeing a growing interest in talk therapy from millennials who are concerned about aspects of their mental health…..”

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“Finding a good therapist can be a daunting task. But with therapy, more than almost anything else, it’s the relationship between client and therapist that matters most.”

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