October 2015

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Dreaming Hope: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
And the Natural Creativity of the Sleeping Self

headshot of Dr. Miriam Marsolais In this daylong seminar Dr. Miriam Marsolais, a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst and Faculty member of the AEDP Institute, inspired and offered guidance for therapists wishing to access the exquisitely rich and subtle treasury of patients' dreams in service of transformation and healing.

Dr. Marsolais summarized recent neuroscientific research on the role of sleep and dreams in processing intense emotional experience. Drawing upon her Jungian roots, she demonstrated how AEDP's theoretical and clinical framework lays the groundwork for effective, transformative application of this research in trauma treatment. Using videotape of her work, she showed how AEDP taps into the deep wells of resilience of the sleeping mind and how dream experience can be accessed through AEDP to facilitate healing from complex, early relational trauma.

Dr. Marsolais' deep engagement with dream experience began when she recognized in her own dreams the seeds of emotional recovery from a near-fatal burn injury. Her consequent three decades of work with dreams and trauma treatment has led to her conviction that dreams are intimate expressions of our mind's natural creativity that, when processed in conjunction with AEDP, open new pathways to healing, to intimacy in relationships and to a life rich with meaning.

Advanced Skills and Supervision Workshop

The second day was an advanced training event for those who have attended the AEDP Immersion or Essential Skills.

Dr. Marsolais presented and commented upon clinical work which demonstrates the distinctive possibilities, capacities and challenges a therapist encounters in working with the dreams of clients who have experienced complex and/or early relational trauma and who also have significant experience with spiritual practice.

There was also an opportunity for group participants to present videotape of their own clinical work and receive supervision from Miriam and Dale Trimble. Tapes of work with early, complex and/or relational trauma were particularly welcome, but the supervision times were open to anyone who was inspired to show their work and receive supportive feedback from two experienced AEDP faculty members. A strong emphasis was placed on creating safety and an open-hearted atmosphere as we all shared transformance strivings, of both our clients and ourselves.

What previous participants have said about training with Miriam:
•  Excellent all around. I really appreciated her calmness, presence and clarity. Beautiful demonstrations and modeling of right brain work.

•  I loved it. Her unique style was rich and meaningful for me and spoke to a real simplicity and depth that I long for.

•  Deeply appreciated her ability to speak and teach about wordless realms of perception and change in a grounded, embodied, and for me, highly accessible way. Wonderful presence, knowledge, groundedness, openness to feedback and questions.

•  A true mentor, and I hope I have another experience with her.