A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy


Dr. Leslie Ellis



A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy by Dr. Leslie Ellis


Implementing Simple and Effective Dreamwork



A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy demystifies the process of working with dreams by providing both a grounding in the current science of dreaming as well as a simple, practical approach to clinical dream work.


In addition to a survey of the current science and neuroscience of dreaming, this book includes clinical examples of specific techniques with detailed transcripts and follow-up commentary. Chapters cover how to work with PTSD nightmares and how to use experiential dreamwork techniques drawn from current neuroscience to engender lasting change. Readers will be able to discuss their clients’ dream material with confidence, armed with an approach that helps them collaboratively tap into the inherent power for change found in every dream.


Backed by research, common factors analysis and neuroscience, the approaches described in this book provide a clear map for clinicians and others interested in unlocking the healing power inherent in dreams.


"Leslie Ellis is passionate about dream work. In this inspiring book, she takes us on her journey to find contemporary perspectives from research, neuroscience and a range of clinical perspectives. She vividly describes experiential, creative approaches for clinical practice." (Serge Prengel, editor, SomaticPerspectives.com)









About The Author



Dr. Leslie Ellis

Leslie Ellis, PhD, RCC, is a registered clinical counsellor, teacher and author who lives and works in beautiful Deep Cove, British Columbia. After writing A Clinician's Guide to Dream Therapy, she changed her focus from private psychotherapy practice to local and online classes in dreamwork, focusing-oriented therapy and trauma training for therapists. 


Leslie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a specialty in somatic psychology. Her dissertation won a research award from the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute, where she studied Jungian, psychoanalytic and client-centred counselling techniques. 


Leslie has in-depth, specialized training in focusing-oriented therapy, and is expert in its use for treatment of trauma. She is a coordinator and Vice President with The Focusing Institute. A specialist in embodied experiential approaches to therapy, Leslie has studied somatic experiencing, the Hakomi method, and psoma yoga. She has developed a method of embodied, experiential dream work which combines focusing with Jungian active imagination techniques.


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