dreamwork ethics

As counsellors, therapists and supervisors, we are very aware of the significance and importance of conducting our work in a safe and ethical way. The importance comes from a couple of ethical principles;

  1. We seek to always minimise any risk of harm to our dreamers. We maintain good boundaries, keep the dreamer's need in mind and work to help them understand their dream, not tell them what their dream means.
  2. We ask for consent to engage the dream and to continue with any of the dream work processes we use in our therapy.
  3. We protect the anonymity of the dreamer and the confidentiality of the dream at all times. If we are using the dream for teaching or other purposes, we request permission


IASD Code of Dream Ethics


Dreams have multiple meaning and many layers of significance, no one view is correct, similarly, there are many models of working with dreams, non one model is absolute

Respect for the dreamer and their dream is paramount, it is always their right to share or to stop sharing at any time

Nobody has the right to interpret another’s dream as a statement of absolute meaning

Like all personal development work, some emotions may arise which may need support for the dreamer e.g. personal therapy

The dreamer’s dream should be held in confidence


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