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Will I have to lie on a couch and talk about my dreams like they do in the movies?

July 4, 2013 0 comments

The stereotype of a client lying on a couch, describing dreams to a psychologist is based on early treatment techniques, from the beginnings of psychotherapy. This technique is still practiced today but it is much less common, as many other therapies have evolved since the early 1900’s. Some psychologists have recliners in their office, rather than a couch, while others have sofas or comfortable chairs. Talking about your dreams is still common in psychotherapy, although again it depends on the theoretical approach of the psychologist. In general, there is much less emphasis on dreams than in the early days of psychotherapy.

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