If clinicians use dream journalling as part of a therapy program for both physical and mental illness, what would be some of the key features that are required for a) patient insight, b) treatment direction and c) prognosis of illness?
I am a professor, author, researcher and applied clinician in Psychology. I became interested in the science of consciousness and dreaming while working with cancer patients, years ago. I noticed that the cancer patients I worked with wanted to talk about their dreams. Though I was not particularly interested in dreams at the time, patients continued to bring them up; session after session. I finally decided to explore the science of dreaming and found a whole world of knowledge. The science of dreaming was being studied all over the world by a vast array of scientist! This is when my own scientific explorations began. I studied dreams and then designed techniques for linking them to waking day life in meaningful ways. My work became focused on helping people with self-discovery and self-change. Dreams can help with health issues, relationships, work-related issues, and bring life-changing information into the conscious mind. Dreams are a problem-solving mechanism that will bring forth novel solutions. My work is my way of sharing what I have learned from research and practice, with the world.