The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Kids and Nightmares with Dr Isaac Taitz

Katherine speaks with Dr. Isaac Taitz about kids and dreams. We discuss how to address kids dreams respectfully and with support knowing that, just as with adults, day time worries often make their way into their dreams. We talk about Image Rehearsal Therapy, a technique that allows us to rescript our dreams which is effective for dreamers of all ages. Dr. Taitz shares several case studies of his work with kids of different ages including work with a teenager where lucid dreaming and IRT were used to reframe his nightmares into ideas about movies. We also touch on night terrors and sleep walking. We end with Isaac sharing his own dream from that morning about a group of jocks trying to make his way into the party with his more bookish friends. He finds a way to feel safe first and then devises a game he can play with the jocks.

Bio: Isaac Y. Taitz, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Orange County, California, who works with children, adolescents, transition-age youth, and their families for sleep and psychotherapy. Dr. Taitz founded All Mind Health to treat a wide variety of issues and patients of all ages. His clinical approaches involve Parent-Child Interaction Training, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as behavioral sleep medicine to address mood, attention, relationship, and somatic issues. In addition to earning his Ph.D. from Palo Alto University and his B.S. in Human Development with honors from Cornell University, he has worked with students and teachers throughout his training and career, and through academic coaching during grad school. He’s also a published author, researcher, speaker, and the administrator of continuing education for the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

You can connect with Dr. Isaac Taitz through his professional web page

Live ambient music by Rick Kleffel.

Show aired on January 9, 2021.


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