Dreamscaping, or prescriptive memory-making, uses resourcing of felt sense memory, re-scripting, “mind movies” and counterfactual scenes to shift the focus from “how are you coping?” to “if we make a new memory, you’d like it to give you a dose of what, right now?”  

Dreamscaping’s axioms? Hold emotional truth and all humor in the highest regard (even eye-rolling sarcasm to negative events).  Muse on your memory privately. Or post, email, display or wear it to start a conversation.  If the prescriptive memory makes you laugh and cry, it’s doing its job.


Nancy Gershman, LCSW is a psychotherapist, memory artist and the developer of Dreamscaping, a playful way of healing from loss of a person, place, or thing, or loss of one’s self or self-esteem by creating the memory you need to emerge anew.


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“I think of dreamscaping as the corpus callosum of psychotherapy.  It joins the brain’s hemispheres to make more integrated reconstruction of memories in bereavement possible.”

-Robert A. Neimeyer, Death, Dying & Bereavement Series Editor, “Prescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping”

What if your positive memories are someone else’s memories, and not your own?

Take the Which Memory? quiz and see in which of Russ’s favorite memories of his father he absolutely owns his joy.  

Dealing With Grief Through Art:  Psychologists Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley speak with Debla E. Heredia-Brown about the prescriptive memory and dreamscape created for her by Gershman at Haven Hospice. 

– Open To Hope TVP

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