The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Trauma and Dreams with Linda Schiller

We speak about dreams and trauma in the context of Linda’s background in social work with young people and how that trauma can affect the entire course of their lives. She uses therapies including EMDR (eye movement), EFT (tapping) and hypnotherapy among other modalities. She talks about her personal journey with dreams including attending an on-going dream group which she has been part of for 35 years. We then talk about how she works with traumatic dreams starting by making sure that the dreamer feels safe and well-resourced and then exploring the dream itself from the perspective that the dream is not yet finished.

We talk about an email sent from Boston by David about a motif that suggests that after someone has died we might dream about that person holding a baby. We speculate about this concept in the context of reincarnation. We also take a call from Ray from Santa Cruz who shares a dream in which he sees a “stairway to heaven” and is given a plate of food which is just the perfect kind of food for him.

Bio: Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW is an international speaker, dreamwork specialist, integrative mind/body/spiritual psychotherapist. She is the author of Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul’s Wisdom (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2019) and Comprehensive and Integrative Trauma Treatment (Western Schools, 2010) and numerous additional articles, book chapters, and audio programs on dreamwork, trauma treatment and relational group work, Linda is professor emeritus of Boston University School of Social Work. She has received awards for her original theory of relational group work and recognition worldwide for her teaching excellence. Linda regularly teaches dreamwork to both the general public and to a variety of professional disciplines including therapists, coaches, clergy, and health care providers as well as at team building, corporate events and retreats on her “Integrated Embodied Dreamwork” approach, her unique “Dreamwork Through the Lens of Kabbalah”, and her innovative nightmare protocol based on best practices in trauma treatment and Jungian active imagination called “The GAIA* Method (Guided Active Imagination Approach)”. Her next book, PTSDreams: Tools for Transforming Nightmares into Healing (Llewellyn) is due out in 2022.

Linda was also a guest on the Dream Journal a year ago. That show can be found here.

Live ambient music by Rick Kleffel.

Show aired on February 13, 2021.


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