The SEER Method has been developed alongside the Dreams without Dreaming project at the University of York. The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of York and specialist trauma therapists Complex Trauma Therapy Network & Complex Trauma Institute (CTI) to advance the therapeutic understanding and treatment of trauma-related sleep disturbances.
Dreams without Dreaming Project
The Dreams without Dreaming project explores the therapeutic application of the Cultural–Social Model of dreams using the Embodied Reprocessing™. (You can find out more in this Imperfect Cognitions interview with Dr Louise Moody and Prof Tom Stoneham.) The aim of the project is to advance the therapeutic understanding and treatment of sleep disturbances using the Cultural–Social Model of dreams. Researchers at the University o York led by Tom Stoneham are working with specialist trauma therapists to conduct original research, contribute to CPD workshops, and support the development of a national training programme for practitioners. See our Training & Events page for details of forthcoming meetings.
Embodied Reprocessing™ and Trauma
The Embodied Reprocessing™ applies to both normal dreams and nightmares, but was developed as a set of interventions for working with trauma in response to a limited choice of trauma recovery therapies. Accordingly, our focus is often on nightmares. The Method is specifically designed to address the high drop-out rate related to re-traumatisation during trauma-focused therapies. It uses a range of systemic, experiential, and embodied tools that facilitate re-evaluation of problem-saturated narratives, while minimising the risk of re-traumatisation. A distinctive element of Embodied Reprocessing™ is that therapists support clients to avoid focusing on feelings and emotions at the time of nightmare reprocessing.
Prof Tom Stoneham
Dr Louise Moody
Dr Robert A Davies
Robert is a Research Associate on the Dreams without Dreaming project. His research focuses on memory, knowledge of our own minds, and connections between them. He is currently interested in the apparently distinctive features of trauma memories and related psychological phenomena, and how they fit with contemporary views on memory.