In this case presentation, the dream life of patient and analyst highlights unformulated affects, which contribute to therapeutic gridlock.  I grapple with my contribution to our stalemate and the ensuing collapse of reflective space by recognizing my discomfort with the patient’s seemingly frozen, deadened state.  A potent dream arrives for the patient and then for me, which revitalizes self-reflection and dialogue.  As part of our reparative process, I share my dream and we explore its intersubjective meanings, reestablishing mutuality and empathic understanding.  Our reciprocal dream life becomes the site of renewed connection, mutual vulnerability, and vital witnessing.

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