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Nightmare Exposure And Rescripting

Exposure to- and rescripting of- nightmares is a helpful technique for taking control of bad dreams. There is evidence that imagery rescripting for nightmares can be used as a stand-alone intervention. Nightmare exposure and rescripting contains instructions and worksheets for conducting this technique.

As with traditional imagery rescripting the client is guided through a helpful sequence of questions:

  1. eliciting the nightmare/image
  2. eliciting the current emotion
  3. considering the desired emotion
  4. then developing a new image to accompany the desired emotion
  • Davis, J. L., & Wright, D. C. (2006). Exposure, relaxation, and rescripting treatment for trauma-related nightmares. Journal of trauma & dissociation, 7(1), 5-18
  • Krakow, B., Kellner, R., Pathak, D., & Lambert, L. (1995). Imagery rehearsal treatment for chronic nightmares. Behaviour research and therapy, 33(7), 837-843.
  • Long, M. E., Davis, J. L., Springer, J. R., Elhai, J. D., Rhudy, J. L., Teng, E. J., & Frueh, B. C. (2011). The role of cognitions in imagery rescripting for posttraumatic nightmares. Journal of clinical psychology, 67(10), 1008-1016 researchgate.net archive.org
  • Long, M. E., Hammons, M. E., Davis, J. L., Frueh, B. C., Khan, M. M., Elhai, J. D., & Teng, E. J. (2011). Imagery rescripting and exposure group treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in Veterans with PTSD. Journal of anxiety disorders,25(4), 531-535 unl.edu archive.org
  • Swanson, L. M., Favorite, T. K., Horin, E., & Arnedt, J. T. (2009). A combined group treatment for nightmares and insomnia in combat veterans: a pilot study.Journal of traumatic stress, 22(6), 639-642 umich.edu archive.org

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