The image director technique for dreams



The "Image Director Technique" was developed to target recurring nightmares or bad dreams and those targets that are directly related to a traumatic experience. Often, when patients are having nightmares or when they feel overwhelmingly out of control during a trauma, it is helpful to give them a way to be more in control of directing what might happen, even if it gets worse. Instead of utilizing the Standard Protocol that implies that you must follow wherever the associations the patient has led you, the Image Director Technique allows the patient to choose her own starting point in the nightmare or trauma and stop if she is overwhelmed. Again, the idea is to return to the Standard EMDR Protocol as soon as it is possible. The Image Director Script is provided.


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“The image director technique for dreams,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 23, 2020,

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