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PTSD and Nightmares

Lewis and Krippner (2016) noted that the developmental lifecycle method can yield insight for individuals going through life transitions such as marriage, divorce, pregnancy, and aging. The researchers noted that in the case of trauma survivors, their symptoms can include recurring nightmares. In this case, offering help to those dreamers to be able to resolve their nightmares can be an important step toward healing. The researchers noted some approaches that may alleviate the PTSD symptoms and also be helpful in psychotherapy sessions including the use of writing, or drawing dream journals.  Conducting a dream analysis with a psychotherapist, or engaging in a dream-sharing group towards the goal of rewriting alternative endings to dreams using verbal and creative explorations can be ideal interventions provided by the method. For individuals who are divorced, their dream life may bring about dreams of isolation or stigmatization which are a reflection of the change in both their lives and identity. As betrayal may be a theme in the lives of people who are divorcing, the researchers noted that nudity represents a universal dream image that can happen all through the life cycle. People who are undergoing transitions in their life cycle may be ideal clients for the developmental lifecycle method. 


Lewis, J. E. & Krippner, S. (Eds.)   (2016).   Working with dreams and PTSD nightmares: 14 approaches for psychotherapists and counselors.   Praeger.  

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