Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens — Carl Jung

The Dream Research Institute is provided by the CCPE to promote research into the connection between dreams and well being from the spiritual perspective. The Institute supports a synergy of research to advance our understanding of dreams. Researchers at the DRI address such fundamental questions as:

  • the purpose and meaning of dreams
  • the contribution of dreams to mental health and wellbeing
  • the function and effectiveness of dreamwork in promoting psycho-spiritual and physical healing in a therapeutic setting.
  • the integration of the spiritual approach to dreams across psychotherapeutic approaches
  • the use of dreams to track psycho-spiritual development
  • the role of the imagination in dreams
  • the links between the lucid dream state and psycho-spiritual development
  • the neurology of states of consciousness in dreams

To explore these questions, researchers use a variety of observational, experimental, theoretical, phenomenological, and neurological approaches. Research areas include studies of the psycho-spiritual evolution of individuals reflected in dreams, accelerated healing in conscious dreaming and varieties of dream states and experiences, including lucid dreaming.

The DRI also runs professional seminars and public events on dreams.

Dream Research from the Spiritual Perspective: An interview with the DRI’s Founding Director, Dr Nigel Hamilton, and Noel Bell

Nigel and Noel discuss dream research (23 minutes).

Meet Our Team

Dr. Nigel Hamilton

Nigel Hamilton, Founding Director, DRI & CCPE, Ph.D., Dipl. Clinical Psychotherapy & Social Psychiatry.

Nigel Hamilton serves as the Founding Director of the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education and the Dream Research Institute. He runs dream workshops, trainings and retreats in the UK and abroad He published Awakening Through Dreams: The Journey Through the Inner Landscape in 2014.

Melinda Powell, Director & Co-Founder, DRI, M.A. Psych. and Religion, Adv. Dipl. Psych., Dipl. Supervision, & Dreamwork Cert.

Melinda Powell co-founded and directs the DRI. She has also served as Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Melinda has developed and teaches the practice of ‘Lucid Surrender’. She has published and lectured widely on dreams and lucidity.

Dave Billington, Research Development Officer, DRI, M.A., Dipls Psychotherapy, Supervision, Adv. Dreamwork

Dave Billington develops research projects on dreams at the DRI. His MA from Northampton University examines the impact of the Waking Dream Process on client well-being and experience of therapy. He is currently working on expanding the scope of the original pilot study.

Marlene Botha, Course Facilitator, DRI,  M.A. Psychotherapy, Adv. Dipl. Psychotherapy, Dipl. Supervision, & Dreamwork Cert.

Marlene has extensive experience of the psycho-spiritual transformation process as dreamer, dream guide, group facilitator and spiritual retreat guide and presenter. Her research has focussed on the spiritual transformation of colours in dreams.

Debra Deaville, DRI Associate, MA Psychotherapy, Dipls. Psych, Supvn. & Adv. Psych, Dreamwork Cert.

Debra is an experienced dream guide and group facilitator. She has a special interest in working with alchemical dreams to guide the research process and facilitate psycho-spiritual transformation. Debra is conducting doctoral research at Canterbury Christ Church University into ‘the experience of embodying soul’, using dreams to guide her inquiry.

Judy Pascoe, DRI Associate, MA Psychotherapy, Dipls. Psych, Supvn. & Adv. Psych; Dreamwork Cert.

Judy Pascoe is a writer and psychotherapist with a life-long interest and experience in the joys and difficulties of the creative process. She has a particular interest in using dreams and art to aid in psychological transformation.


Dwight Turner, DRI Associate, Ph.D., MA. Psychotherapy, Dipls. Psych, Supvn.

Dwight has a special interest in exploring dreams in qualitative research.  He has written numerous papers including a heuristic study exploring the dreams of the other, with his previous dream research involving the role of music in dreams.  Dwight is also a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, a part-time lecturer at the CCPE, and a Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton.