In mainstream counseling and psychology, dreams are not usually the presenting symptom that a person gets treatment for, but they can be. They almost always come into play later in therapeutic relationships that develop over time. In my experience, dreamwork clients tend to be different in that their issues are usually not as severe, and that they may only want a session once every month, or six weeks, or longer.
The most important dreams to look at are the unpleasant and/or recurring ones—meaning that the Inner Self, or God, your Angels, or the Dream Source (however you want to think of it) is really trying to get a message across! (And that you’ve been doing your best to ignore it.) Two other axioms that most of us in the field go by—these guidelines are all from the Jeremy Taylor, a prominent dream theorist who lived in San Francisco—are that there’s no such thing as a “bad dream” since they always come with beneficial messages, and that the only reason any dream is unpleasant is to get your attention. It’s saying, “You need to do something about this–NOW!”
If you ignore your dreams, your life will probably turn out okay, as most lives do in the normal course of events. But you will not be as happy and fulfilled as soon as you otherwise could be! So, keep track of your dreams. Honor them by writing them down. Develop your spirituality and take an explicit interest in dreams—you will start remembering them, or remember them more often.