Nightmares, especially those caused by trauma, not only disrupt your sleep but can leave you exhausted and on edge, haunting your daylight hours. With in-depth information on the nature of nightmares, international speaker, author, and psychotherapist Linda Yael Schiller shows you how to turn anxiety-filled or heart-pounding dreams into resources for spiritual growth. Her four decades of experience in both dreamwork and trauma treatment provide the reader with guidelines for turning PTSDreams into PTSG: Post Trauma Spiritual Growth.
Armed with effective techniques and Linda’s warm compassionate voice, you can learn to safely heal post-traumatic nightmares and their root causes. She teaches the Guided Active Imagination Approach (GAIA), a method she developed based on best-practice trauma treatment and Jungian active imagination principles. Through compelling case descriptions and thoughtful exercises, you will learn how to apply a multiplicity of integrated and embodied dreamwork techniques as well as somatic, narrative, and psycho-spiritual approaches. Combining neuroscience, healing, mysticism, and creativity, PTSDreams helps you transform nightmares into a new story: one of hope, healing, and life-affirming images.
"An essential resource for psychotherapists to learn various modalities for helping clients...Clearly and beautifully written so that every reader can benefit from Linda's depth of experience."—Lauren Schneider, MA, MFT, psychotherapist, creator of Tarotpy, and author of "Eco-Dreaming" included in EcoTherapy
"Schiller expands the current dynamic conversation on trauma and dreams with clarity and brilliance...This book is a treasure for therapists and dreamers alike."—Kimberly Mascaro, PhD, author of Dream Medicine
"Through compelling case descriptions, thoughtful exercises, and a careful integration of clinical wisdom from the worlds of trauma treatment and dreamwork, Schiller skillfully introduces the reader to a wide range of strategies for addressing nightmares, transcending trauma, and finding relief."—Deborah L. Korn, PsyD, faculty member at Trauma Research Foundation and EMDR Institute, psychotherapist, coauthor of Every Memory Deserves Respect
"PTSDreams does an elegant job of laying out the psychology and physiology of dreams and nightmares, the agony of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, and finally their intersection at PTSD nightmares."—Deirdre Barrett, author of Pandemic Dreams, past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis, dream researcher at Harvard University
"Linda presents a delightful way of navigating through what might be one of our most terrifying experiences, post-traumatic nightmares."—Bob Hoss, director and past president of IASD, director of the DreamScience Foundation, advisory board member of the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, author of Dream to Freedom
"This book is bottled magic for the therapeutic treatment of nightmares."—Jason DeBord, bestselling author of The Dream Interpretation Dictionary
"A cornucopia of techniques and wisdom that every therapist will find enlightening."—Katharine Esty, LICSW, Ph.D, author of EightySomethings
"There is no better book on the market today. You will want to buy this book and keep it nearby for all the support it offers."—Jean Campbell, MA, past president of the International Association of Dreams and author of Group Dreaming
"The warm and welcoming language, the holistic approach, and practical tips Schiller offers affirm that there is help and healing to be had—even from the scariest dreams."—Tzivia Gover, certified dreamwork professional and author of The Mindful Way to a Good Night's Sleep
"Beautifully written and full of important information on dreams, dreamwork, nightmares, and trauma."—David Kahn, PhD, psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School, board member and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams
"The breadth and depth of Linda's knowledge and how she weaves the tendrils of other healing modalities with dream work is stunning."—Beth Rontal, MSW, LICSW, psychotherapist and founder of Documentation Wizard and creator of the Misery or Mastery documentation approach
"This book is a must-have for anyone who dreams."—Judith A. Swack, PhD, biochemist/immunologist, Master NLP practitioner, originator of Healing from the Body Level Up (HBLU) methodology, recipient of the 2015 ACEP award for major contribution to the field of energy psychology
"Schiller has written a book that brings the gifts of a scientist, mystic, artist, and healer...[She makes] scary dreams a place we can walk toward rather than run from."—Julie Leavitt, DMin., BC-DMT, LMHC, therapist, professor at Lesley University, spiritual director at Hebrew College