Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression: An Underground Stream that Guides and Heals

Author(s) : Greg Bogart

Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression: An Underground Stream that Guides and Heals

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This book describes how dreamwork can help alleviate depression, in both long-term and time-limited psychotherapy, and in self-treatment. The author shows how dreams shed light on issues contributing to depression—including drug and alcohol abuse, divorce, death and bereavement, conflicts about sex, health and body image, parenting, workplace stress and burnout, and ancestral, intergenerational trauma.

Greg Bogart presents a synthesis of Jungian and existential psychotherapy, detailing how attention to archetypal symbolism brings into immediate focus new responses to pressing life challenges. He shows that allowing oneself to be affected by dream images and narratives promotes emotional, relational, and spiritual rejuvenation. One of the most lucid works yet on dreamwork in clinical practice, this book will interest those who experience depression, as well as their therapists and loved ones. It details a method that can be practiced by couples and family members and adapted to group work in a variety of clinical, educational, and occupational settings—any place where people feel safe and free to explore, reveal, and discover themselves.

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‘The book you hold is a distillation of the wisdom, knowledge, and clinical technique of an inspired interpreter of dreams. Greg Bogart shows us how messages from the deep psyche illuminate psychodynamics, current life situations, and directions for healing in our patients and ourselves. He shows that even what appear to be negative dreams orient us toward wholeness. Although this book concerns the treatment of many different kinds of depression, it is far more. I regard it as a major contribution to the wider field of depth psychotherapy, one I warmly recommend. '
-Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT, Jungian Psychoanalyst, C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

‘Based on years of clinical experience and a marriage of the wisdom of Jung with the practical strategies of existential psychotherapy, Dr Greg Bogart makes the meaning of dreams come alive. He demonstrates how dream work can be a potent resource at key turning points in the life cycle—including early adulthood, marriage, midlife, retirement, and old age. His examples are extremely clear and show the impact of working with an evolving series of dreams. Dr Bogart uses dreams to address practical dilemmas in love and work but always with an eye to a universal and spiritual dimension of dreaming. I highly recommend this insightful and uplifting book. It is relevant for psychotherapists, dream analysts, and the general public, especially for those who are depressed and want to experience a unique approach to healing.'
-Alan Siegel, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Education Chair and past President, International Association for the Study of Dreams; author of Dream Wisdom: Uncovering Life’s Answers in Your Dreams

‘In this innovative book, Dr Greg Bogart makes a convincing case that working with dreams can be an effective treatment for depression. Bogart's holistic approach combines existential psychotherapy, Jungian psychology, and cultural mythology. Each case study is a novella, filled with penetrating insights, and a joy to read. Dreamwork In Holistic Psychotherapy Of Depression is truly a breakthrough work, one that entertains as well as instructs. '
-Stanley Krippner, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, co-author, Extraordinary Dreams And How To Work With Them

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Greg Bogart PhD, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice and lecturer in the department of Psychology at Sonoma State University, in northern California. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is the author of numerous books, including Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious, Astrology and Meditation: The Fearless Contemplation of Change, In the Company of Sages: The Journey of the Spiritual Seeker and Planets in Therapy: Predictive Technique and the Art of Counselling.

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Celia Marion on 05/12/2016 20:57:23

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You don’t have to be a therapist to appreciate and benefit from reading this beautiful book. Like his earlier book Dreamwork and Self-Healing, Greg Bogart takes us on a journey to understand the gifts that dreams bring us. While the book focuses on applying dream interpretation to the healing of depression, it is clear that there is a broader message at the same time. The “Underground Stream that Guides and Heals” flows from the unconscious, sending messages in the form of symbols expressed in dreams. Greg quotes Jung as saying that the dream “shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is,…not as he would like it to be, but as it is.” (Jung, 1934, para. 304)
Through a series of stories which are a delight to read, Greg demonstrates the value of dream interpretation, whether a series of dreams or a single dream. He demonstrates working with client memories, their personal myth-making, and archetypal symbols as seen in great myths and religions. Together client and therapist analyze dream symbols for layers of meaning which assist clients towards clearer self-understanding, self-acceptance, and a sense of greater self-agency. There are stories and dreams which exemplify different stages of life and different kinds of depressed states. They are very real and filled with Greg’s empathic approach.
As a student of psychological astrology, I appreciate the power of synchronicity between inner and outer experiences. Greg also demonstrates the power of synchronicity between dream messages from the unconscious and the client’s (as well as one’s own) current state of being.

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