A: In my opinion, the best dream interpretations come from the dreamer themselves. I would suggest that you begin keeping a dream journal by your bedside and write about the dream as soon as you wake from it. Capture the content of the dream, the feeling within the dream, how you feel upon waking, etc. After you have done this for a while, read back through it and look for common themes. It might even be helpful to have a trusted friend read through it with you and have a brainstorming session.
Dreams are glimpses into our unconscious mind. They can help us gain insight into what we are going through at certain times of our life. However, they are symbolic. We may miss the message if we interpret them too literally.
Here are some questions for you to ponder: What does Bill stand for in your life? What role did he play in the past (aside from therapist)? What might be missing in your life now? What are you anticipating or looking forward to now? What areas of your life might need more organization? Have you lost an emotional or sexual connection with your husband recently? Who can you trust now?
Chances are that if you can figure out what the dream means to YOU, in the context of your current life, it may subside because it has fulfilled its purpose. Good luck with your exploration.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts