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. I then carry out a preparation session via Zoom (or in person) and provide a detailed preparation guide. Because '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 insights). I advise on, and curate, optimal setting for the psychedelic experience, including powerful soundtrack journeys. My paramedic background informs my ethical care, medical assessment and harm minimisation. I'm equipped with a medical kit and defibrillator for the unlikely event of health emergencies . In the session I am fully present and actively attune to participants. After the session I facilitate Phase 1 integration and refer participants to essential Phase 2 psychotherapy with expert psychedelic integration therapists.
I am a psychedelic practitioner with a background in emergency medical care. For more than 26 years I have worked as a frontline paramedic in Australia and abroad, as well as roles 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, mental health of first responders and veterans, and the healing benefits of psychedelics. 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 overcoming 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 since. The impact of just one session has been profound and I only wish every human could receive this kind of healing.' Brianna 'The safety, reassurance and care Benjamin provided allowed me to really go deep into the extraordinary experience.' Sam
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