But, truthfully, I’m not even sure you need a supervisor, the method is so simple and straightforward. I used the technique for the first time myself, with my dear friend, an 84-year-old World War II survivor, who was having a hideous, intolerable, repeating nightmare from something that happened to him 60 years earlier in Italy.
I read my own, four page description (where it’s referred to as “Imagery Rehearsal Therapy” or IRT) in Invisible Heroes, pp. 308 – 311, which describes the method in detail, thanks to the expert help of this very same Dr. Donovan, whom I trust implicitly. In fact, I had my friend read the four pages as well, first, to see if he wanted to proceed. I told him I’d never used it on anyone, but trusted its efficacy, so if he was game, I was willing to take a crack at it with him. He was game.
Dr. Donovan had used the method on scores of Vietnam vets and had even done quite a bit of research with it, and swore to me that anyone who followed the protocol and faithfully did the homework for three weeks, got rid of the nightmare. This struck me as miraculous, given the struggles I’ve had over my 33 years as a clinician, trying to help people with traumatic nightmares using traditional, deep-dish, insight therapy. They stick like glue and are very hard to get rid of, using standard techniques.
To my amazement and delight, he got rid of the nightmare – immediately! It never came back to haunt him again. I have loved this technique ever since.
Good luck with this, to both of you!