White swans, a photo taken when I was at Nottingham in England at a week-long workshop with Luce Irigaray, contemporary feminist philosopher

Dr Kaye Gersch PhD 

psychoanalytic psychotherapist | clinical supervisor | couples therapist  

Jungian Dream Work

What kind of dreams do YOU have?

  • Do you have dreams that haunt you for the next few days? 
  • Do have a series of dreams where the same theme is repeated? 
  • Do you have dreams from childhood that you still remember? 
  • Do you have dreams that you are driving too fast to stop? Or that you can't find your car?
  • Do you dream you are going on a trip, but can't find the airport? Or your passport?
  • Do you have dreams which feature someone you know in real life and wonder if you should tell them? 
  • Do you have dreams which later come true? 
  • Do you have dreams that you have died? Or are pregnant? 
  • Do you have dreams that you are falling?  Or flying?
  • Do you have dreams that you have committed a crime, and are about to be found out?

These are all normal dreams.  The question is, what do they mean! Since the mid 1980s I have been working as an interpreter of dreams in the Jungian style, to help people with their psychological and spiritual progress.  Yes, dreams can really be about your spiritual life, even if you are not religious at all.

I work  with your dreams in several different ways:

  1. In individual sessions, Australia and internationally, via Skype or Zoom.
  2. In small groups, where you learn some of the theory behind dream interpretation, especially from the Jungian perspective, and each week we discuss a participants dream. 

So what are dreams?

Dreams are a  code, hidden away from the prying rational mind. We can utilise them to inform the decisions we make. They can guide the direction we take in therapy.  I provide an eclectic approach to dreams, with a Jungian emphasis.

As a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with a Jungian and philosophic orientation, I am not tethered to any particular method.  However, my own lively interest in the interpretation of dreams has led me to lean towards Jung because of his extraordinary insights and use of myth, fairy tale, symbol, metaphor – anything that will enable an investigation of the language of our personal dream world. I have interpreted the dreams of many people in the last 25 years, and not one dream has been the same as any other, although common themes emerge.

Individual dream work sessions,  via Skype or Zoom.

Individual dream work allows for the very specificity of your personal dream world to be fully attended.

  • Sessions are 50 minutes.

"Dream Work Groups" on Zoom, dates chosen by you, a 6 week course.

This course is relevant to you if:

  • You have curiosity about your own dream-life.
  • You are a therapist of any kind, who might be listening to the dreams of others:  psychologists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors, doctors, psychiatrists and social workers.

Course structure:

The course structure has two parts.

First, I set a text for you to read - usually a chapter from a book. The first part of our meetings will be discussing the text, so you understand the fundamental principles of dream work.

Second, we will work with dreams brought by each participant. We generally have time to analyse 1 or 2 dreams each week. So start recording your dreams, if you do not already do so!

Size of group: between 6 participants.

No prior experience with Dream Work is necessary, and you don't have to remember your dreams for this work to be relevant.

Credits: CPD points may be accrued by attending this course.  I am registered with AAOS and PACFA, and the Australian Psychological Society has the discretion to grant CPD points for this work. GPs can also claim small group learning credits, in addition to CPD.

Working with patient's dreams -  a dream course for clinicians, by request.

In your therapeutic work

  • Do your patients tell you their dreams, even when you don't ask about their dream life? This suggests that they are giving you a role that medical training did not equip you for!
  • Have you considered that their dreams are proving you with clues as to the main issues which worry them.  And a suitable direction for treatment?
  • Could understanding the dreams of patients save time and energy that would be wasted going down unproductive paths?

Course structure:

This course provides 15 hours of face to face training in dream work designed for practical application by therapists with their patients.

  • Six session, each of 2.5 hours, introduces you to the principals of working with dreams in an eclectic way, although the emphasis will be on the ideas of Jung.
  • You will learn how to distinguish between different types of dreams. 
  • Six different texts  -  a chapter from each will be a foundation for our discussion.
  • The first hour will be a group discussion of the provided text. 
  • The second part of each session will be centred around dreams of your patients, brought by you. It is important that you get permission from the patient to bring their dreams. 
  • You will have the opportunity to bring at least one dream to the group over the six weeks. 

By the end of the sixth week participating clinicians can expect to:

  1. Understand the ways in which dreams reveal the unconscious lives of patients, and respond in therapeutic ways.
  2. Demonstrate a capacity to listen to patient’s dreams symbolically rather than literally.
  3. Be alert to how a patient’s dream might inform the course of therapy or medical treatment.
  4. Be able to identify the themes in a dream and respond to them with suitable elections or therapeutic interventions.

Group size: 6 participants.

Dates according to demand: 

About Dr Kaye Gersch PhD. I have been working with dreams, and convening dream workshops for over 25 years. I have heard thousands of dreams in this time, and through them have witnessed the lives of patients. My training includes a Master’s degree in Analytic Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Philosophy. I work as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with a Jungian orientation, and practice in the Cairns area. I work with individuals, couples, groups and as supervisor.

CPD points may be accrued by attending this course.  The Australian Psychological Society has the discretion to grant CPD points for this work. It can be claimed as group supervision or professional development.  I am registered as clinician and supervisor with PACFA, and I am also a Registered Supervisor with the Australian Association of Supervision.