Ongoing Dream Groups
|Once a month 10am-12noon||Women Therapists over 50
|Monthly 10am-12noon||Women over 65 (full)|
|Monthly 9:30am-11:30||Women just starting career (full)|
|Monthly 10:30am-12:30pm||Women over 55 (full)|
|Monthly 3-5:30pm||Men and women|
Dream Group for Creative Types: Spring 2017
*One opening for a man in the Fall of 2017. Please contact us.
We will meet monthly (to start) on a weekday, probably Wednesday in the daytime. Open to men and women, 30-something to 40-something. Group will meet 2 hours. Fee $50. Space for 6 participants.
Dream Group for Children: Art & Storytelling: Starts Feb 2017
4 sessions. Starting in February.
Call Meredith Sabini directly on her line to arrange a no-fee mutual interview: 510-849-8511
This dream from a group member gives a fascinating metaphor for what dream groups offer:
“A woman has opened a unique cafe. One can bring their car in to have minor work performed while having breakfast. Friends gather to enjoy a meal and each other’s company. When they go to the cash register to pay their bill, their car keys are waiting for them and their car is outside waiting also. The next day, I return, and notice how comfortable everyone feels together. There is a natural rhythm and ease, creating a genuine community.”
These groups are facilitated by Meredith Sabini, PhD, Director of The Dream Institute of Northern California and a Licensed Psychologist (#7397). To schedule an interview, call Dr. Sabini directly at 510-849-8511.
(Please do not call The Dream Institute, as messages left there are not confidential and Dr. Sabini does not pick them up.)
Listed above are the ongoing and newly forming dream groups. The listing indicates who the groups are for and whether they have an opening. Fees vary depending on how long the meeting time is. If you are interested in participating in a dream group, please call Meredith Sabini directly to schedule a mutual, no-fee interview, of about 45 minutes. Plan to bring a current dream of your own and to describe the personal issues or challenges you think will arise in a group; therapists, please bring a client dream and/or one of your own about your work.
Dream Groups for Individuals
Dream groups are one of the main services offered through The Dream Institute. The groups are designed for those with an active inner life who wish to share and explore it with like-minded others. Groups usually have 5-6 members, so everyone is able to present a dream at each meeting; groups typically meet once a month and are not intended as therapy groups, though dreamwork, of course, is healing and therapeutic. The focus is on the applications and implications of dream material to participants’ present-day lives. After unpacking a dream’s content through personal associations and objective amplifications, the dreamer may use guided imagery to gain further understanding of a dream.
Dream Consultation Groups for Psychotherapists
These groups are conducted on the same format, with 5-6 participants meeting monthly. The focus is on clients’ dreams or the therapists’ dreams about their work. No case material is presented; the goal is to discover what can be learned from the wise counsel of the dreaming mind. These are open to therapists of any clinical orientation and experience level. Practical applications, not theory, is the emphasis.
What is a “Dream Group”?
Here is how a dream from a group member describes it:
“A woman has opened a unique café. People can bring their car in to have minor work performed while having breakfast. Friends gather to enjoy a meal and each other’s company. When they go to the cash register to pay their bill, their car keys are waiting for them, and their car is waiting outside also.
I return the next day. I look around and notice how comfortable everyone feels together. There is a natural rhythm and ease, creating a genuine community.”
Comment from Meredith:
The opening line of a dream gives the topic it intends to address. Here, it is a unique café a woman has opened. Its uniqueness is that one can have one’s car repaired while meeting friends to enjoy a meal and their company. The car is a common dream symbol that tends to symbolize our mode of being in the world or how we go about life; our competence, our sense of agency and direction, and our ability to steer things, make turns, and stop as needed. Unlike therapy, which can involve overhauling the engine or rebuilding the transmission, for instance, a dream group provides minor repairs for vehicles that basically are working well; the sort of psychological tune-up we all need regularly. This dream also shows the sense of communitas that naturally comes from deep sharing.