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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Dreams in Processes of Change in Psychotherapy: Phenomenological
by Murray-Young, Ciara, Psy.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 161; 28028164
Abstract (Summary)

In the literature and research on processes of change in psychotherapy the role of the unconscious has received little attention, more specifically there is almost a complete absence of research on the role of dreams in processes of change. In an attempt to respond to this neglect this interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) study explored the role of dreams in processes of change in psychotherapy as experienced by eight Jungian analysts who were also clinical psychologists. The clinical experience of the clinicians in the research ranged from 25 to 60 years of clinical practice. This study was focused particularly on these clinicians’ experiences and understanding of working with clients’ earliest recalled dream, recurring dreams, clients’ initial dreams, transference in client dreams, and countertransference in their own dreams. Data were collected through semistructured interviews, the interviews were transcribed, and an interpretative phenomenological analysis was conducted on this data to discover the superordinate and subthemes contained in the interviews. Five superordinate and 18 subthemes emerged, these findings reflected on the experience of change through dreams for clients and the clinicians, how dreams may facilitate change, unique aspects of dreams in Jungian psychotherapy, therapeutic contraindications for dream work, and reasons for the absence of dream work in clinical psychology. The results of this study contribute to clinicians’ understanding of the role dreams can play in processes of change in psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Yakushko, Oksana
Commitee: Cambray, Joseph, Cwik, August
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Dreams, Jungian psychotherapy, Process of change, Psychotherapy
Publication Number: 28028164
ISBN: 9798662456334
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