Benjamin Gilmour, BHlthSc, MPH, CPAT
Byron Bay NSW
Firstly, I assess participants for suitability and exclusions, and get to know them and what has brought them to this point in time. I then carry out a preparation session via Zoom (or in person) and provide a detailed preparation guide. As 'set and setting' are vital elements of psychedelic therapy, I also help participants go into their sessions with a mindset conducive to valuable outcomes (eg. approaching the experience with curiosity and openness to challenging material that arises). I advise on, and curate, optimal setting for the psychedelic experience, including the powerful soundtrack journeys for sessions. My paramedic background informs my ethical care, medical assessment and harm minimisation for the session. Finally I facilitate Phase 1 integration and refer participants to essential Phase 2 integration psychotherapy.
I am a psychedelic practitioner with a background in emergency medical care and public health policy. For more than 26 years I have worked as a frontline paramedic in Australia and abroad, as well as work in primary health care and development of pre-hospital systems in low-middle income nations. My interests in recent years has been integrative health approaches and mental health of first responders. I was first drawn to psychedelics in my twenties when I read Aldous Huxley's 'The Doors of Perception', but did not personally experience psychedelics until much later, after I was diagnosed with PTSD. Psychedelics were largely responsible for my rapid and profound over-coming of this disorder. This experience compelled me to help others find access to the powerful healing potentials of psychedelics. Testimonials 'So much clarity, so many breakthroughs. It was a phenomenal experience. I've been in tears of gratitude for how impactful this has been. I only wish every human could receive this kind of healing.' Brianna 'I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful presence on Sunday. I feel like you're ahead of the process and really understand it.' Cecile 'Thank you for creating such a safe space where I felt completely comfortable.' Crystal
Psychedelic harm minimisation eduction and consultation on 'set and setting' Safety, presence and medical/psychological supervision in psychedelic sessions Phase 1 integration and referral to Phase 2 psychotherapy and followup