Interpretive Style Since Dr. Van de Castle subscribes to the IASD (International Association for the Study of Dreams) code of ethics, it is his belief that only the dreamer can accurately interpret his or her own dreams. This is because only the dreamer can obtain that sense of inner recognition, that "Aha!" awareness, that comes from considering a possible meaning of some dream element in a certain way and knowing it just feels right. He explains:
"In my role as a 'dream consultant', I attempt to offer my reactions to someone else's dream by treating it as if it were my own dream. This is the well-known technique pioneered by Dr. Montague Ullman. The 'if it were my dream' approach makes it clear that any comments about the dream refer only to the consultant's dynamics, and not to those of the dreamer. This eliminates any need for the dreamer to become defensive or threatened by the consultant's comments, because nothing the consultant has said is considered to be a direct or correct interpretation of the dreamer's dynamics. If what the consultant has said leads to a sense of connection between the consultant's remarks and something that " clicks" inside the dreamer which feels right, then the dreamer may be in a position to accept some new awareness or insight that had not been there previously, because that new awareness now resonates with the dreamer. So beware of any dream "authority" who begins by dogmatically telling you: 'Your dream means that you...'
Providing Dream Reports "To have a more reliable basis for considering your dreams, I am requesting that you supply two dream reports. You can't determine what a line looks like from a single dot, but with two dots available, it is possible to detect the angle and length of the line. Similarly with two dream reports available, hints of consistent themes and types of dream characters, etc., can possibly be detected. Each dream report should be at least 50 words in length (no upper limit), and at least one of them should be a fairly recent one (within the last 30 days or so).
"In addition to the two dream reports, I ask that you complete a Personality Inventory questionnaire to help me get to know you better. Please understand that my intent is to provide you with the most complete and helpful insight into your dreams as possible. The more information you provide, the more personal and detailed I can be.
"In return, I will provide you with a digital audio recording of approximately one hour in length, as an attachment to an email. If you would like it on an audio CD, an additional charge of $10.00 will apply."
Charges for Dream Consultation The charge for the approximately one-hour individual dream consultation recording is $150.00 [USD]. It takes Dr. Van de Castle several hours to carefully and systematically review your dream reports and attempt to integrate your biographical data with your answers to the various projective questions into his comprehensive commentary.
This effort to integrate the various items from the Personality Inventory and weave them together with the various elements from the dreams is graphically represented in the mandala shown to the right above, where the pattern of overlapping strands of information is portrayed. Dr. Van de Castle will attempt to explain in your recording what items of information are being connected together to make the various inferences he is making.
The charge for subsequent consultations involving two dreams not previously commented upon will be $120.00 [USD], since Dr. Van de Castle will have some previous experience with your personality and dreaming patterns. These additional recorded commentaries will also last approximately an hour.
It is also possible to arrange for an individual telephone consultation with Dr. Van de Castle regarding your dreams for a charge of $80.00 [USD] per hour.
Request a Dream Consultation You can request a dream consultation in one of two ways.
First, you may complete the Contact Form here and request a Dream Consultation in the Comments. You will then receive an email with instructions to pay via PayPal or personal check. Once payment is received, you will receive an email with the forms to complete (2 dream reports and the Personality Inventory questionnaire) in pdf or Microsoft Word format. Return the completed forms via email and you will receive your audio response via email, or for an additional $10.00, a CD via 1st Class Mail.
Alternately, you may pay by PayPal now by clicking on the Buy Now button below. Once the PayPal transaction is complete, you will be taken to the forms to complete online. Click on Submit at the bottom of the completed form to submit them automatically. All responses will be via email. Use the Contact Form to report any problems with this procedure.
To arrange for a phone consultation, please use the Contact Form to contact Dr. Van de Castle. Provide your phone # and best time for him to call, keeping in mind that he is on US Eastern time. Arrangements will be made for payment before the consultation takes place.