Dream therapist, dream interpreters, or dream workers use dreams as a tool to help unlock a clients deepest feelings and needs. There are several ways an individual can go about becoming a dream therapist, from starting out as a hypnotherapist, to becoming a psychologist or counselor.
If you wish to become a dream worker, otherwise known as a dream interpreter, dream analyst or dream therapist, there are several ways you can do so. To begin with, you'll need to have the right type of personality to suit the job. Dream workers love to know how people tick. They also enjoy analysing dreams and helping people. Most tend to have a background in mental health or psychology too.
The ideal candidate to become a dream interpreter is someone who already dabbles in entangling their friends and families dreams, and doesn't reply on books written by people who aren't qualified as their source of interpreting symbols and dream visions.
If you want to specialize in dream therapy you'll have the belief that dreams are the gateway to an individuals deepest feelings and thoughts, and that by working with their dreams, you can help them learn more about themselves, and possibly to overcome trauma, via interpreting dream symbols and imagery.
Some dream therapists are qualified psychiatrists or psychologists. Others undertake different types of related training, and then integrate dream-work into their existing career. Counselors may specialize in dream-work, having gained a great deal of experience and studied the works of Jung and Freud.
Hypnotherapists often use dreams as a tool to help people overcome difficulties too. Therefore training in hypnotherapy, and possibly neuro linguistic programming, could help an individual become a dream therapist.
Medical professionals, such as doctors, also sometimes take dream workshops to learn how to help patients and understand them better. In-fact, working with dreams is becoming more and more popular as people realize that doing so can provide a useful therapy.
A good place to begin dream-work is with yourself. By keeping a dream journal, in-which you write each dream that's occurred as soon as you awaken, you can begin to notice if patterns are emerging, and understand your own dreams more.
You may then like to attend a dream workshop, and join a dream interpretation group, where people get together to help interpret each others dreams. If there isn't one in your area, you could establish one yourself.
When you have some experience, the next step will be to decide which career path to take which will result in you utilizing dream analysis in order to help clients. Having a sound background in psychology can aid your endeavours, as can studying other dream therapists work, and keeping up to date on the latest studies regarding dream-work and results.
Becoming a Psychologist
Becoming someone that is experienced in interpreting dreams takes experience and to be believed with understanding dreams, a background in psychology is most likely needed. And in the United States, you will most likely need a masters degree in psychology, experience and then you will have to pass several tests to get licensed in the state you want to practice in.
This is not an easy process as you will need previous employers and all of your degrees and school background copied for your state license. It sounds like a lot but it is doable.
If you just want to understand dreams, start with your own dreams and how they affect you, and keep notes. Also continue to read and learn.