Interpretation of Dreams: Exploring the Symbols of the Unconscious with Tara Chivukula, LCSW

  • 07 Feb 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • 28 Mar 2019
  • 9:00 PM
  • 1612 Astor Place, Austin 78721


  • *Within 10 years of graduation


Interpretation of Dreams: Exploring the Symbols of the Unconscious

A Salon facilitated by Tara Chivukula, LCSW

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Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dream Exploration and interpretation has been a central tenet of psychoanalytic tradition since Freud's seminal work, The Interpretation of Dreams (1899). In this salon, we consider Freud's formative influence on the role dreams play in psychoanalysis, along with the contributions of contemporary analysts Montague Ullman, Mark Blechner, and Lou Aron. Using Ullman's experiential dreams processing technique, each member will bring in a dream to interpret.  We will gain understanding into the symbols and content that manifest in dreams, along with proficiency in working with dreams in the clinical setting. Please join us for an evocative and stimulating salon as we journey down the royal road to the unconscious. 

Learning objectives: 

1. Utilize Ullman's Dream Process to interpret and understand latent and manifest content of dreams.

2. Learn how to utilize dream work in clinical practice.

3. Utilize dream work to understand transference, resistance, introductory sessions, and termination


Aron, L (1989). Dreams, narrative and the psychoanalytic method. Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 25: 108 – 127.

Blechner, M. (2001). The Dreams Frontier. NJ: The Analytic Press.

Freud, S. (1900) Chapter VI. The Dream Work. Pgs. 311-344. The Interpretation of Dreams.

Freud, S. (1917) The manifest and latent content of dreams and latent thoughts. Lecture VII. Pgs. 138-153. Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis.

Ullman, M. (1984). Group Dream Work and Healing. Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 20: 120-130

Bio: Tara Chivukula, LCSW is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Austin, TX. Tara specializes in work with individuals around issues of culture, race, identity, transition, and intergenerational trauma. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and completed analytic training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. in New York City. Tara is currently the Division 39, Section IV local chapter representative. She is in private practice in Austin, TX. 

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