Let’s Talk About Dreams

I’ve been fascinated by the subject of dreams since I was a little girl.  Whenever I’ve worked with people in a therapeutic setting the subject of dreams always comes up.  But what are they?

About Dreams

There’s lots of way to define dreams.  We might talk about them as the story inside our minds that we experience whilst asleep, or the aspirations we have for the future.  Throughout the last century, researchers have endeavoured to know why we have them and understand what they mean.  And, whilst scientists work hard to get to the bottom of them, there’s still a lot we don’t know.  

What we do know is that we’ve been talking about them way before scientists invented ways to track them.  Although we now know a person is usually dreaming when their eyes start moving side to side – called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) – cultures around the world have been documenting their dream adventures and passing down legends and symbols for thousands of years.

Exploring Dreams

Whenever I’ve talked with people about their dreams what’s always become clear quite quickly is that by asking the “right” questions you can unpack them fairly quickly.  This is why I don’t refer to myself as a dream interpreter or dream analyst any more, because I don’t need to analyse what someone’s dreams mean, they can do it themselves – once they know how.  This is one of the reasons I wrote my book Answers in the Dark.  As well as helping to give people the tools to explore their own dreams, it offers thoughts about why we’re awake at night and what might help.

The key thing to remember is that everyone is different; what one symbol means to one person, may be different to another.  But once you know how, you can begin to unlock the wisdom that your dreams may be offering. 

Services

Delphi Ellis

I’m Delphi Ellis, a Qualified Therapist and Mental Health and Wellbeing Trainer, Helping You Sparkle™.

I provide talking therapies and wellbeing training services promoting positive mental health, based in MK. I help people find their mojo or get their sparkle back, often after a difficult period in their lives.

As a Mindfulness Practitioner and Advocate for Women’s Wellbeing, I specialise in helping women find effective, practical strategies for quality rest and relaxation.  I also provide guidance on healthy sleep and dream interpretation, appearing as a dream expert for TV shows like ITV’s This Morning and presenting the Guide to Sleep on Daybreak.

Sessions are available 1-1 and as group classes. Some workshops available nationwide. Private and corporate clients welcome.

What people say about my workshops:

Brilliant tips and insight.  Every part was useful.  Engaging, you were interested in us too which made it much more personal and applicable.

Very engaging with helpful tips.  An open and safe environment created – thank you.

Private and Corporate clients are welcome.  Workshops available nationwide.

As a Mindfulness Practitioner and Advocate for Women’s Health, I also specialise in helping busy women find effective, practical strategies for quality rest and relaxation, using tools like Mindfulness.  I have appeared as the Dream Expert for ITV’s This Morning and presented the Guide to Sleep on Daybreak.  (You can find out more about my TV and Media career here).  I have a dedicated website to Dreams and Sleep here and one for Mindfulness here.

Mindfulness Class: Delphi, A HUGE THANK YOU. I really have learned so much and enjoyed every week.

Professional Career 

I have supported people professionally since 2002, where I started my therapeutic work in bereavement, helping those bereaved by murder and suicide.  My role then was to attend coroner’s court and support people through the inquest process. In 2004, I also established a unique website dedicated to Pregnancy Mental Health, following my own experience of depression during pregnancy.

My career includes an extensive TV and media profile, with regular appearances as the Dream Expert on ITV’s This Morning and presenting the Guide to Sleep on Daybreak. I have also featured in Spirit & Destiny, Pregnancy and Birth and Natural Health magazines, and featured on radio programmes including BBC 2’s weekend/bank holiday extravaganzas with Aled Jones.  You can find out more about my media appearances here.

Delphi at her Clinic in Milton Keynes

Qualifications and Training

My qualifications and training include Therapeutic Counselling, Delivering Adult Learning, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Support for Insomnia, Mental Health First Aid and Mindfulness. I am also a Women’s Advocate, raising awareness of situations which predominantly affect Women’s Mental Health, like Domestic Abuse and Pregnancy.

You can send an enquiry using the form below.  If you subscribe to my mailing list you’ll receive free and exclusive access to the Members Area, which contains a number of resources to help you sparkle.  You’ll also receive Monday Mojo, feel-good motivation for the week ahead.

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With Delphi’s help, I have a new perspective on life and the strength to face new and challenging things in a positive way.” B.

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Why do we dream and what do they mean?

I’ve been fascinated by the subject of dreams since I was a little girl.  Whenever I’ve worked with people in a therapeutic setting the subject of dreams always comes up.  But what are they?

About Dreams

There’s lots of way to define dreams.  We might talk about them as the story inside our minds that we experience whilst asleep, or the aspirations we have for the future.  Throughout the last century, researchers have endeavoured to know why we have them and understand what they mean.  And, whilst scientists work hard to get to the bottom of them, there’s still a lot we don’t know.

What we do know is that we’ve been talking about them way before scientists invented ways to track them.  Although we now know a person is usually dreaming when their eyes start moving side to side – called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) – cultures around the world have been documenting their dream adventures and passing down legends and symbols for thousands of years.

Exploring Dreams

Whenever I’ve talked with people about their dreams what’s always become clear quite quickly is that by asking the “right” questions you can unpack them fairly quickly.  This is why I don’t refer to myself as a dream interpreter or dream analyst any more, because I don’t need to analyse what someone’s dreams mean, they can do it themselves – once they know how.  This is one of the reasons I wrote my book Answers in the Dark.  As well as helping to give people the tools to explore their own dreams, it offers thoughts about why we’re awake at night and what might help.

The key thing to remember is that everyone is different; what one symbol means to one person, may be different to another.  But once you know how, you can begin to unlock the wisdom that your dreams may be offering.

The time to grieve

Throughout history and around the world people have mourned the death of their loved ones. It is natural to grieve for someone – or something – you care about.

Unfortunately, over the last century, attempts have been made to explain grieving as a linear process with specific stages. As a result, individuals now worry they are not getting bereavement ‘right’ or fear they are grieving in the ‘wrong’ way.

Family and friends may then start to comment if someone appears not to be ‘getting over’ a loss.  I explain in my book Answers in the Dark, if anything it can feel like you go under it.   I go on to explain that it’s not necessarily time that’s the healer but how you spend it.

The reality is that everyone is different and there is no right way to grieve.

Talking about the loss of someone you love allows you to process what happened and how you feel about it. Sometimes, even when the death is expected, there remain many unanswered questions and having someone to explore those with allows you to accept the loss whilst honouring the memory of that person. In a way, you can remain connected to them but in a way which is helpful – and healthy – to you.  Here are some links that might help.

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Who to contact if you’re struggling 

You should always speak to your healthcare team if you’re worried about your health and wellbeing. If you are struggling with your mental health, speak to your doctor; alternatively you could call 111 in the UK. You could also reach out to the Samaritans who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 116 123 (UK and ROI) or visit their website. 

Policies may be amended as and when required. If you have any questions please contact us.

Media: TV, Radio and Magazine appearances

I have a special interest in dreams and sleep, appearing on TV shows like Loose Women and ITV’s This Morning. (You can find out more about this further down the page).

Professional Career

I started my therapeutic career in 2002, where I supported those bereaved by murder and suicide, including attending inquests at coroner’s court. I now work in the community promoting well-being maintenance and recovery, through 1-1 sessions and group events.

I also work for a charity in my spare time, managing volunteers who provide a unique transport service for cancer patients, which won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.

Pregnancy Mental Health

In 2004, I established a unique website and peer support group dedicated to Pregnancy Mental Health, following my own experience of ante-natal depression and anxiety.

As a result, I have featured in several popular magazines on this topic, including Pregnancy and Birth and Natural Health magazines, and featured on radio programmes like Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. (You can see a full list of tv and media appearances below).

Volunteering

I am a community ambassador raising awareness of signs and prevention of domestic abuse. If you or someone you know may be affected there is a list of useful links on my services website here.

Qualifications and Training

My qualifications and training include Therapeutic Counselling, Delivering Adult Learning, Support for Insomnia, Positive Psychology, Pain Management, Mental Health First Aid (and Psychological First Aid for Pandemics), and Mindfulness.

I have also received training with the National Homicide Service, Victim Support, and Women’s Aid. I am accredited to work with victims of crime, including those escaping domestic abuse.

TV and Media Career

I have enjoyed a TV and media career talking about the subjects I am passionate about, including dreams and healthy sleep. You can view an expanded list of media appearances below:

Radio:

BBC Radio: BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1 Xtra, BBC WM, BBC Shropshire, BBC Coventry, BBC Three Counties, BBC Radio 6 with George Lamb, BBC Suffolk Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drive Time, BBC Radio Leeds Drive Time, BBC Tees, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, BBC London with Sunny & Shay and on the Eddie Nestor show, Talk Sport, Beacon Radio, Hallam FM, Original 106 FM, Gemini FM, WLR FM, XFM, The Psychic Show (LBC 97.3), My Spirit Radio, Bridge Radio, Red FM

Television:

Loose Women, ITV’s This Morning, DayBreak (Presenter of The Guide to Sleep), , GMTV, The Wright Stuff, LK Today (Lorraine), Consultant to SO Television for My Lovely Audience (Graham Norton), Psychic TV

Featured work –

Natural Health, In Style Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Daily Express, Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Magazine, Soul & Spirit magazine, Huffington Post, Guardian (G2), Sunday Express, Pregnancy, Baby & You, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Pregnancy & Birth magazine, Prima Baby magazine, Practical Parenting, Columnist for Spirit & Destiny Magazine, Contributor to Talk Mum, Contributor to Silent Voices, Columnist for Spirit Force Magazine, Mens Health magazine

PR Events

Dreams Bed Company, Maybelline New York, Sky + HD (article featured in Daily Telegraph), Johnson’s Beauty: Dreamy Skin, Snow Leopard Trust

Awards

  • Volunteer of the Year Cohesion Award for services to the community;
  • Nomination: “Women Who Keep Bedfordshire Safer”;
  • Regional Finalist for the Health and Social Care Awards for Mental Health and Wellbeing;
  • Spiritual Connextions Awards for Best Service to Others

Other Interests

As well as dreams and sleep, I have a keen interest in Buddhist psychology including mindfulness and have followed a Buddhist way of life since around 2009, most recently in the Theravada tradition. This means I hold a positive intention to be of service to others, bringing into my work, where appropriate, an intelligent philosophy which focuses on intentional living.

If you would like a dream interpreted, this is now a paid-for service – click here for details. To send an enquiry about services, click here.

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With Delphi’s help, I have a new perspective on life and the strength to face new and challenging things in a positive way.” B.

© Delphi Ellis, Helping You Sparkle™ 2021

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