Aim and purpose

Dreams contain clues of the problems experienced, and emotional concerns about the past, present or future and act as a mirror of individuals’ waking life experiences. Most of the studies have shown that particular dream themes can be seen by a particular group of people sharing similar life stages, events or psychological problems.

The purpose of this study was to explore the dream themes of first-year MA counselling and psychotherapy students who were in similar experiential processes in terms of career development.

Design and methodology

  • The participants of this study consisted of 32 first-year MA counselling students.
  • The thematic analysis method based on the interpretive qualitative paradigm was employed and the underlying meaning themes of the 78 written dream reports were examined with an inductive approach.
  • This study was approved by the University of Leeds Ethics Committee.

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