Working with dreams and object relations (CPD)

07724 186 672 07724 186 672
21st - 22nd May 2022, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Counsellors and trainees
£120 for the weekend or £110 with student discount
Steven Eserin Gestalt Psychotherapist, 6 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4RL

Working with dreams CPD: Contact with the unthought known. An introduction to object relations in the dreamscape - May 21st and 22nd.

Two days (six hours training per day) 10am - 5pm (with one hour of breaks included). A completion certificate for 12 hours of CPD will be provided at the end of the course.


Everyone dreams, Freud described the dream as the royal road to the unconscious. It is certainly the case that extraordinary progress can be made for clients when exploring dreams. However, placing too much onus on the analysts' interpretations is usually counterproductive and in many ways a reinforcement of infant/parent transference. 

Object relations suggests that all aspects of the dream are an element of the dreamer, therefore finding a way to enable the dreamer to find his own interpretation through experimentation and interaction between objects will give the client a greater sense of clarity and contact with self. 

Who is this for?

This training is suitable for any qualified counsellor or psychotherapist, or student counsellor who has completed or working at level 4, with an interest in dreams, object relations and dreamwork.

Course aims

It is intended that after this two-day course you will have enough knowledge, confidence and skills to begin working with dreams in your own practice. For more experienced practitioners, this is an opportunity to develop and hone existing skills whilst adding to your theoretical knowledge base.

Elements covered

Day one (six hours):

  1. An introduction to dreams and working with dreams as object relations and object transformations within the psyche. 
  2. Understanding situational (memory recalled via cues) and procedural memory (knowing how to do things): training for therapists to remember every aspect of the client's dream; this includes situational memory and memory recall development tools. 
  3. Testing the water: active listening, excitement and interest, an experiment in capturing another's dream state. 
  4. Process analysis: demonstration of dreamwork and an analysis of methodology. 

Day two (six hours):

  1. Working with traumatic elements in the dreamscape. 
  2. Nightmare and night terrors. An introduction to generalised sleep disorders. 
  3. Practice: each participant will have an opportunity to work with another's dream with trainer-led 360-degree feedback and discussion. 

Who is the trainer?

Steven Eserin is a Gestalt psychotherapist, trainer and author in the modalities of Gestalt and existential psychotherapy. A counsellor since 1994 and practising psychotherapist since 2000, Steven has worked with dreams and nightmares from the outset. With more than 20 years' experience spanning hundreds of dreams. 

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Hosted by Steven Eserin

Steven Eserin has been a Gestalt Therapist since 2002, working across the spectrum of mental health problems within schools, local authority and in private practice. He works as a trainer as well as Psychotherapist, and has been using groups for therapeutic work for more than 18 years.

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