Actually, there’s a fairly simple procedure that should help you get rid of that repeating nightmare. And it doesn’t involve years of insight therapy, psychological catharsis or analytic discussion, odd as that may seem. It’s called varyingly Imagery Rehearsal Therapy or sometimes Nightmare Reprocessing, and it gets pretty astonishing results.
I wrote it up in my last book, Invisible Heroes, in the section that describes effective, targeted treatments for posttraumatic stress (pp. 308-311), but you don’t have to get the book to learn how to use it, because you can also find a description I wrote as an answer to a similar question on these pages. And for a play-by-play, I really got into a lot of detail with a true story/case example from a friend of mine, which appears on a piece I wrote for The Huffington Post. I recommend you follow this nightly protocol, and within about 3 weeks, the nightmare should be gone.
Now, this 15- minute protocol requires that you spend a few minutes at the start and the close of the session listening to either your favorite relaxing music or guided imagery. If you choose to use imagery, I’d recommend you try either General Wellness or Relaxation & Wellness - those were the ones that were used by Dr Donovan with her Vietnam vets, but really it can be anything that you find immersive, relaxing and calming.
And later on, if you want to do some deeper work with the trauma, you could graduate into listening to Healing Trauma.
As I explain in the article, it came as a shock to me that repeating nightmares could be dispensed with so quickly. It still amazes me! I found them very hard to banish when I was doing standard insight therapy with people!
I hope this helps. Let me know.