Author Archives: Veronica Tonay

About Veronica Tonay

International dream expert, Dr. Veronica Tonay, earned her masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in the early 1990s. She has been a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1997 (CA PSY 15379), and has taught psychology courses to undergraduates at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1989.  Her work has been featured for over 25 years in many media outlets, such as Psychology Today, NPR Public Radio,, and The Chicago Tribune. Dr. Tonay was featured dream expert on the Discovery Health TV Channel's 3-episode miniseries, Dream Decoders. She has organized several dream conferences for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and has published journal articles and three books, including: "The Creative Dreamer, Revised: Using Your Dreams to Unlock Your Creativity" (Ten Speed Press/Celestial Arts) and "Every Dream Interpreted," published in London by Collins & Brown.  She lives with her husband, Steven, in Santa Cruz, California, gardening, painting, writing, dancing, and dreaming.

Will it Work?

It’s hot one day, raining the next, seeds sprout, flowers bloom, then are tipped by late frost.  Our dreams stop-and-start, shake us awake, soothe us with beauty. It must be spring!  Time to tuck in with a pot of Laduree tea* … Continue reading

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Creative Illumination

Here it is, almost summer again.  Everyone seems to be atwitter (so to speak) with activity: preparing, planting, tending gardens inner and outer.  Incubation has ended. Birds feed their chicks, flying in flocks, chirping and calling to one another.  We’ve arrived at … Continue reading

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Leaping, falling, leaping again

With winter’s arrival, comes introspection. This is a dark, inward season, when our bodies slow down, our pets sleep a lot, and our energy quiets. When we think of artists, we imagine them in the act of creating something. But … Continue reading

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Water, waves, and warehouses: an interpreted dream

Happy summer, dreamers!  Since I haven’t posted in quite a while, today, a dream from the mailbox, and an in-depth interpretation: Dear Dr. Tonay, I had a dream the other night about somehow getting into water. I can’t remember where … Continue reading

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Fall(ing) Dreams

Greetings, dreamers!  Autumn has arrived here, with the trees shedding their bright gowns… It’s been a busy few months, and I’m heading to Rancho la Puerta again soon to give another dream workshop.  In the meantime, the word, “fall,” is … Continue reading

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Scary Kids

Happy Spring, dreamers!  I’m enjoying the natural world as it unfolds its blossoms and surrounds us with a living metaphor for creating new plans, hopes, and dreams… Last night, I was the guest of Esme Murphy on CBS’ WCCO 830 news … Continue reading

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Dream Stories

Greetings, dreamers! The garden is a singing palette of blooms.  We’ve had a heat wave, most conducive to rose tea and a book on the patio. That book could be your own dream journal… In my private practice, teaching, and … Continue reading

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Zombie Dreams

Greetings, creative dreamers! Winter is melting here, with warm days and blossoms appearing overnight on the cherry trees.  What dreams are you exploring as the days grow longer? Last month, my former student, Michael, wrote: “I am aware the winter … Continue reading

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Dreams and darkness

Greetings, dreamers! We are approaching the winter solstice, the day that turns the dark to light for the next six months of the year… Just as light is a metaphor, so is darkness: in dreams, the dark can stand for … Continue reading

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Dreams and light

The slanting autumn sun got me musing today about light, and the meaning of light in dreams.  I’ve noticed that when creative dreamers are struggling, stuck, blocked, frustrated, screaming, or banging their heads against the wall, their dreams tend to … Continue reading

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