Dream interpreters are individuals who help people uncover the hidden or secret meanings of their dreams. Dream interpreters can be psychologists and therapists who interpret their clients' dreams within the context of the therapeutic work. Great psychologists such as Calvin S. Hall and Sigmund Freud developed theories about the importance and meaning of dreams in people's psyches.
Calvin S. Hall believed that dreams were simply a sequence of thoughts, and that the images in dreams were based on personal thoughts regarding events that were happening in a person's life. For instance, if a person dreamed that his friends were chasing him, he might have a fear of developing close bonds with people. Afterall, when we share of ourselves with others we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and more open to being hurt.
Sigmund Freud theorized that dreams represented a person's desire to fulfill certain wishes whether the person was consciously aware of the wishes or not. For instance, a student who is approaching the date of a test might have a dream in which he is running an endless race with no finish line, but somehow he manages to miraculously win the race. What does running a race have to do with taking a test? When a person is running a race that he really wants to win, he is sure to feel some anxiety. Thus, running a race that is impossible to win because there is no finish line could symbolize a sense of failure. Test takers, no matter how prepared they are, often feel some anxiety, and a test is like a race in some respects. It is a race against time to complete the test. It is a competition with one's self to recall pertinent information and answer questions correctly. It can even be a competition with fellow test takers to get the best grade. Many test takers often fear failing a test or not getting the desired grade; so, there is a wish to bring home the desired grade.
Although psychologists and therapists take their roles as dream interpreters very seriously and view dreams as one mechanism to help people better understand the inner workings of their minds, not all dream interpreters use this kind of depth and understand to interpret dreams. They make interpretations based on their understanding of the dream themes, dream symbols, and basic knowledge about the dreamer. Unfortunately, the field of dream interpretation lends itself to deception and dishonesty.
Perhaps you are interested in getting your dreams interpreted, but do not want to enter therapy and is leery of talking with someone because of the possibility of incompetence or deception. Fortunately, there are qualified and reputable dream interpreters. You just have to do your homework, and if you are so inclined you might want to interpret your own dreams. There are online dream interpreter resources, books, and other educational materials to help you.