Series Editor Foreword Robert A. Neimeyer |  Foreword John R. Jordan   

Part I: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK   1. The First Dreamscape Nancy Gershman   2. Therapies of the Imagination Barbara E. Thompson 3. Elicitation of Humor, Positive Emotion and Play  4. From Prescriptive Memory to Tangible Dreamscape  5. Memory Reconsolidation and Art Therapy-based Conditions for Prescriptive Memory Noah Hass-Cohen  Part II: IMPLEMENTATION  6. Early Intervention Dreamscaping at End of Life  7. Dreamscaping with the Bereaved   Part III: 1:1 DREAMSCAPING  7. Dreamscaping with the Bereaved  8. An Art Therapist’s Experience of Dreamscaping Sharon Strouse  9.  Dreamscaping as Meaning Reconstruction: Recovering a Father from the Shadow of Suicide Robert A. Neimeyer and Jo Neimeyer  10. Traumatic Loss and Dreamscaping Sharon Strouse  Part IV: THERAPIST COLLABORATIONS  11. Dreamscaping a Revitalized Self Phyllis Kosminsky  12. Prescriptive Memories Springing from a Parallel Process of Creation Bonnie Mark and Angelique Poisson   Part V: GROUP DREAMSCAPING 13. Dreamscaping with Pairs in a Group Setting Sharon Strouse  14. Enshrining Prescriptive Memory Lisa Mitchell   Part VI: FUTURE DIRECTIONS   15. Dreamscaping and Empirical Research Lauren Breen  16. Concluding Thoughts   APPENDICES  A-1. Protocol and Guidelines for Therapists Working 1:1 with Clients A-2. Protocol and Guidelines for Dreamscaping with Pairs in a Group Setting

CONTRIBUTORS    Lauren J. Breen, PhD, FT | Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR- BC, LMFT | John R. Jordan, PhD, FT | Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, FT, LCSW | Bonnie Mark, MA, LMFT | Lisa Mitchell, MS, LMFT, ATR, LPC | Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD | Angelique Poisson, LMFT, ATR | Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPA

From Routledge Mental Health:

Prescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping

Edited and authored by Nancy Gershman and Barbara E. Thompson

This book introduces a wide range of therapists to a novel, strengths-based and imaginal practice for helping clients at various points along the grief and loss continuum.  Grounded in recent empirical research on how the emotional brain encodes new memories, this book describes how to create a resource-rich “prescriptive memory.” Chapters by internationally recognized authors explore the theory and application of dreamscaping from a transdisciplinary perspective, including protocols for use with individuals and groups, and guidelines for collaboration with other therapists and professionals.  Illustrated with full-color dreamscape images co-created by clients and therapists, this is an exciting and innovative guidebook to a new method for cultivating hope and promoting restoration and growth. 

Nancy Gershman is a memory artist and the developer of dreamscaping, with more than a decade practicing in end of life and bereavement care, as well as presenting and providing training internationally on the practice.  Nancy has authored case studies in Robert A. Neimeyer’s Techniques of Grief Therapy (Routledge, 2012, 2016), and Annals of American Psychotherapy.  For her work as a memory artist at Visiting Nurse Service of NY, she was featured as NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” (2016).  Dreamscaping with the eating-disordered patients of art psychotherapist, Lauren Lazar Stern, led to the traveling exhibition, “The Brides of ED” (2013) at New York University, University of Rochester and the University of Chicago.  Since 2013, she is the host of Death Café New York City.  Website:

 Barbara E. ThompsonOTD, LCSW, is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, where she also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. Thompson is editor of and author in Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning (2014) with Robert A. Neimeyer, and is a strong proponent of interprofessional education and practice. 


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What makes the book so special?   To provide the right study tools for different learning styles, “Prescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping” offers learning experiences that are stimulating, understandable and fun. This includes:

  • both concise and in-depth case presentations
  • first-hand accounts by well-known clinicians of their personal experience co-creating a dreamscape for themselves with the first author, or dreamscaping in their professional clinical work with clients
  • step-by-step protocols about the actual procedures of dreamscaping sessions—1:1 or in group settings
  • chapters on the use of dreamscaping in various settings (e.g., hospice) and therapeutic modalities (e.g., conducting dreamscaping in a group setting with pairs of “Guides” and “Dreamers”)
  • color diagrams and dreamscapes. Color, which plays an enormous role in memory and in photographs, is indispensable in helping the reader make sense of the fragmentation in photo collage-dreamscapes, as well as the blurring of fantasy and reality in photomontage-dreamscapes. Color not only makes cases more memorable but also reduces the reader’s search time and helps them find information faster throughout the book.