Therapy Worksheet for Nightmares

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What is the theory behind this Therapy Worksheet for Nightmares?

Nightmares are vivid dreams with disturbing content that make one feel anxious, scared or threatened. An occasional nightmare isn’t worrisome but recurrent nightmares significantly affects one’s sleep quality eventually leading to further mental and physical health issues. 

It is  also a recurrent symptom for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Among its treatment options is Image Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) which can reduce the frequency of nightmares, help manage the distress they cause and eventually improve one’s sleep quality as well. 

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will provide step by step details of a technique called ‘Image Rescripting’ used in Image Rehearsal Therapy to reduce nightmares using the Image Rescripting Technique.  The worksheet can serve as a guide and reminder for clients seeking help for nightmares to practise the technique when needed. 

How to use the worksheet?

This guide can be used as a client handout to remind them about the steps of image restructuring that they have learned in therapy sessions to target their nightmares. Instruct the clients to practise the steps as needed and share their feedback on its effectiveness. 

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