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Sample of “Dream Therapy” process

Posted Mar 18 2009 3:56pm

Black Cat Dream/ with Interpretation
Sample of dream therapy, how it works.

Client sends me this dream: I had the dream last night, thankfully it was fairly simple (lucky you!).There was this black cat, it had a disease, and it had a fish hook hooked through it’s back on top like you would hook a minnow. You know how a cat rubs against your leg friendly like, it was doing that to me, the hook hooked into my right thigh in the middle of it. Being that the hook had barbs at the end, once it goes in, on the way out it tears, I knew that the cat had a disease, and I had to get that hook out of my thigh so I wouldn’t get diseased, so I had to rip it out leaving a big wound, deep enough where I could see the muscle inside. It didn’t bleed much, was a gaping wound. The Dr. stitched it up, but not like normal stitches, you know how you would sew a Teddy bears nose? You would sew many stitches to build up the layers on it’s nose, it looked like that. Oh and the thread was a light burnt orange color.

PHASE ONE: QUESTION & ANSWER PHASE OF DREAM:

DrKathy: What does a black cat symbolize to you?

Client: I think black cats are more fierce then the average cat, more smart, more sly, sneakier, more powerful.

DrKathy: How did you feel about this cat in the dream? Were you afraid, happy, sympathetic toward the cat?

Client: I was like ick, it’s diseased, a little annoyed

Dr Kathy: Are you annoyed with yourself about a certain behavior or character flaw that you want to change?

Client: I know what the sly sneaky ways are, I have been lying on a few things to try and get ahead financial, taxes being one. But I do plan on amending them and doing it right later when we have more money, but have been feeling guilty and know it was wrong.

DrKathy: Tell me what the “hook”, symbolizes to you?

Client: Something to be careful with as they
are sharp and a total pain when in carpet or your clothes.

Dr Kathy: Was the cat a male or a female?

Client: Female, a large female cat.

DrKathy: What does disease mean to you?

Client: Life altering-something to prevent at all
costs if you can, it is debilitating

DrKathy: Was muscle torn or in bad shape?

Client: No, it was perfect, extremely healthy.

DrKathy: Tell me what is special/unique about this Teddy Bear nose stitch?

Client: I find it very hard to do, to make it look nice and even.

DrKathy: “the thread was a light burnt orange color.”
What do you relate this color too?

Client: Old, an old fashioned color, 70’s

**End of Initial Q & A Phase**

PHASE 2 - The Interpretation

Dr Kathy’s replies are in CAPS

I had the dream last night, thankfully it was fairly simple (lucky you!)

EVEN THE SHORTEST DREAMS CAN BE LONG AND DETAILED IN THE INTERPRETATION NOR ARE THEY SIMPLE OR YOU WOULD BE DOING THE INTERPRETATION YOURSELF,SILLY GIRL. I GUESS FOR YOU IT APPEARS SIMPLE BECAUSE IT’S NOT PAGES LONG. LOL

There was this black cat, it had a disease, and it had a fish hook hooked through it’s back on top like you would hook a minnow.>> I think black cats are more fierce then the average cat, more smart, more sly, sneakier, more powerful.

THE BLACK CAT IS YOU. THESE ARE CHARACTERISTICS WITHIN YOU THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF BUT IGNORE OR DENY THEM, CAUSING A DISEASE OF THE SOUL/MIND. THE CAT SHOWS GREAT STRENGTH AND A STRONG WILL BUT CAN BE MANIPULATIVE, SNEAKY, SLY AT TIMES. YOU ARE SMART AND YOU KNOW HOW TO GET OUT OF STICKY SITUATIONS. HOWEVER THIS BEHAVIOR KEEPS YOU FROM THE
AUTHENTIC/GENUINE RIGHTEOUS SELF THAT YOU DESIRE TO BE.

What does the hook, symbolize to you? Something to be careful with as they are sharp and a total pain when in carpet or your clothes.

THIS PARTICULAR CHARACTER FLAW ONLY HURTS YOU IN THE LONG RUN AND MOST LIKELY HURTS OTHERS AS WELL.

Was the cat a male or a female? Female a large female cat.

THIS REPRESENTS YOU AND ITS SIZE SHOWS GREAT STRENGTH, BUT ALSO DISEASED FOR A LONG TIME. I’M ALSO FEELING THAT THESE CHARACTERISTICS ARE LEARNED BEHAVIORS FROM ANOTHER FEMALE, MAYBE YOUR MOTHER? THESE ARE CHARACTER FLAWS HANDED DOWN TO YOU LIKE A DISEASE WOULD PASS DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

You know how a cat rubs against your leg friendly like, it was doing that to me, the hook hooked into my right thigh in the middle of it. Being that the hook had barbs at the end, once it goes in, on the way out it tears,

THIS MAKES ME THINK THAT THE BEHAVIORS HAVE BEEN PASSED ONTO YOU IN AN ENVIROMENT WHERE OTHERS HAVE ACTED THE SAME WAY TO GET THEIR NEEDS MET. IT’S STILL AN OPEN WOUND THAT HAS BEEN BUILT UP OVER THE YEARS AND NEEDS HEALING.

I knew that the cat had a disease, and I had to get that hook out of my thigh so I wouldn’t get diseased, so I had to rip it out leaving a big wound.

THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE IS LIKELY TO SEE THE TRUTH AND WANT TO RIP IT OUT, FIX IT, AND STOP THE CYCLE OF NEGATIVE BEHAVIORS THAT REALLY DON’T WORK FOR YOU ANYMORE.THAT IS A QUALITY I ADMIRE ABOUT YOU…A WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE. BUT WHATEVER THIS DISEASE IS, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO DO IT ALONE. YOU WILL NEED THE ASSISTANCE OF A DOCTOR (COUNSELOR) TO HELP YOU WORK THROUGH SOME ISSUES, STITCHING IT UP DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER COUNSELORS (DRS) HAVE DONE IN THE PAST.

What does “disease” mean to you? Life altering-something to prevent at all costs if you can, it is debilitating.

GOOD,YOU ARE AWARE OF YOUR SKILL OF BEING SLY, MANIPULATIVE ETC TO GET YOUR NEEDS MET, BUT YOU ALSO KNOW ITS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. THERE IS THAT PART OF YOU THAT WANTS TO DO RIGHT BY GOD AND DO HIS WILL. THIS IS ABOUT CLEANING OUR SPIRITUAL HOUSE OF DISEASE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, AS CHRISTIANS, THIS IS PART OF THE PURGING OF THE OLD SELF AND “GROWING IN OUR SALVATION,” BECOMING MORE LIKE CHRIST.

Was muscle torn or in bad shape? No, it was perfect, extremely healthy

EXCELLENT! YOUR MUSCLE SYMBOLIZES GREAT STRENGTH, ESPECIALLY BEING IN THE THIGH. YOU HAVE THE MUSCLE TO OVERCOME THIS.

What is special/unique about this Teddy bear nose stitch?
>I find it very hard to do, to make it look nice and even.

MEANING YOU CANT KEEP UP THIS FAÇADE, ITS TOO HARD TO KEEP UP THIS IMAGE, PRETENDING ALL IS OKAY. IT CANT JUST BE SEWN ANY OLD WAY OR COVERED UP WITH LAYERS OF DENIAL, ITS NOT A QUICK FIX, ITS GOING TO TAKE SOME WORK TO MASTER/ HEAL THIS DISEASE.

…and the thread was a light burnt orange color. What do you relate this color too? old, old fashioned color, 70’s

AGAIN THIS IS OLD THINKING PATTERNS THAT USED TO WORK FOR YOU THAT NO LONGER WORK FOR YOU ANY LONGER. STILL ACTING IN THE OLD WAY OF DOING THINGS. A NEED TO DEVELOP A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO GETTING YOUR NEEDS MET. THE DREAM IS NOT SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT AREAS IN YOUR LIFE YOU NEED TO WORK ON. I SUSPECT THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN THE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE BLACK CAT HERE…MANIPULATIVE,SLY, ETC.

I HOPE THIS HELPED AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RESPONSE ANY ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE REGARDING THIS INTERPRETATION.

PHASE THREE – CLIENTS RESPONSE TO INTERPRETATION

Dear DrKathy,
I know what the sly sneaky ways are, I have been lying on a few things to try and get ahead financial, taxes being one. But I do plan on amending them and doing it right later when we have more money, but have been feeling guilty and know it was wrong.

Yes my Mom was extremely manipulative and abusive. I was withheld food until I would go buy her stupid beer & booze when I was little. She made me walk to the resort about a 1/2 mile away with a note to get her the booze, I was like 5, sometimes it was so cold and so much snow I didn’t want to go, then she wouldn’t let me eat or drink till I did. That was in MN where we lived at the time.

Then she would stuff me full of beer cans when I came home from the liquor store, inside my coat arms. socks etc…so she could get them past my dad so he wouldn’t beat her. That was extremely terrorizing, waiting in terror that I wouldn’t walk naturally or a can would fall and then I’d be dead. Those are just the icing on the cake…..much more………

What do I do now, ask for forgiveness and avoid that way in the future? So I still have the dysfunction (disease) to work through? I knew that, with what was done to me when I was young until she died. I probably will never process it all, but I have been working on it since I became aware in 1989.

I’m like WHY lord, why do you have to bring that up-old painful memory’s, but I know why, but I don’t have to like it, I am sure you know, it hurts real bad.

I think with the amount of dreaming I have been doing and this family history we should start counseling, being that you know me well enough by now through the net. What do you think?

FINAL PHASES: THERAPY BEGINS

This client and I had further emails before the decision of getting therapy took place. This was a $30.00 interpretation which took about 3 hours from beginning to end. So whether it is a paragraph or a page, the dream is worth the price of understanding its message.

*******************end*****************************

Not every client who sends a dream needs therapy. My goal of sharing this particular dream with you was to give you an idea of how the dream therapy works. My client has chosen to continue our work together so that she may have healing and closure. However, some dreams are matter of fact and offer solutions without the need of a counselor.

I want you to notice the metaphors in this dream and the importance of me asking the dreamer what those metaphors/symbols meant to her. The Holy Spirit (our higher level of consciousness) speaks to us in a language that we, the dreamer, ultimately understand. A language that takes time to understand its meaning but you already know it, you just have to ask the right questions.

As our Therapy went on, I had this client keep a daily journal and a daily dream record of which is to be mailed to me daily. By evaluating her dreams and her thoughts, I am able to discern her progress and areas of deficiency, that need to be addressed.

I hope this gives my readers a better understanding of Dream Therapy and its value.

Sincerely

DrKathy

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