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Today, most mainstream clinicians don't use dreams at all. There are many other therapeutic means to get to the heart of feelings, the root of pathologies, the terrain of distorted "core beliefs" that litter the lives of the average, distressed client. But, clearly, in a time when many therapists are forced to do short-order work with their clients, a rich, experiential immersion in a "field of dreams" may be a salutary adjunct to the quick, cognitive instructions and brief, focused therapy managed care requires.
In the end, Kamenetz's pursuit isn't only therapeutic—it isn't just that he renews his relationship with his father, but that he renews his relationship with language and life. Kamenetz now teaches dream work himself, along with being a professor and writer. It's the sort of work he can keep doing all his life, and we can all learn to do—even though no insurance company will ever cover the costs of showing us how.
Richard Handler is a radio producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, Canada. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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