Healing the Nightmare, Freeing the Soul

A Practical Guide to Dreamwork

by Margaret M. Bowater

Foreword by Susannah Benson (PhD), President, Dream Network Australia

Nightmares and disturbing dreams call for attention. They are signs of emotional distress and if unattended, they can interfere with the quality of sleep and undermine both our physical and mental health.

This book by Margaret Bowater charts the main kinds of nightmares, and offers a practical process for dealing with them. Drawing on some 80 nightmares, the author shows the dreamer how to relate their nightmares to what has been going on in their life, and how to respond constructively to disturbing dreams. Powerful healing can begin when the dreamer is released from unresolved issues.

Healing the Nightmare, Freeing the Soul provides insights into how the human mind works to avoid or recover from injury. The book will be of interest to counsellors, nurses and other medical professionals, as well as parents, caregivers, teachers, psychologists and clergy.


Margaret Bowater, MA, is a senior counselling trainer and transactional analyst with 30 years’ experience in leading hundreds of dream workshops.


‘Written with great compassion, this book is a highly readable and useful account of the significance of nightmares. It encompasses the science of dreams, as well as the art of interpretation and the importance of visionary experiences – all interwoven with relevant theory and suggestions for self-help. I highly recommend this book.’
– Dr Keith Tudor, Professor of Psychotherapy, Auckland University of Technology
‘With impressive clarity and care, Margaret Bowater has produced this practical guide for all those interested in their dreams and in dreamwork.’ – Peter Hubbard, Psychotherapist

ISBN: 9781877429170

Pages: 204

Format: 230 x 152 mm

Illustrations: 30 line drawings

Published: September 2016


Rights Available: World, excluding New Zealand