Carla Leuschen, MPA, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Specialties: Psychedelic integration, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, divorce

Services Offered:Individual, psychedelic integration (individuals), pre- and post-ritual counseling, trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relational and family therapy, mindfulness training

Sessions: Telehealth & In-Person (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)



I hold an honours degree in Psychology, a graduate degree in Public Administration, a graduate degree in Social Work, & I am a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia, Canada. Over the past 14 years I have worked with people in various areas of mental health (mood disorders, FASD, police & forensic, trauma, etc.). My personal passion for psychedelic integration work began about 12 years ago when I was introduced to the work of Dr. Stanislav Grof by his brother Dr. Paul Grof. During that time, I worked for Paul Grof as a psychiatric research assistant in mood disorders (not involving psychedelics) & it was then that I began to read his brother Stan’s work and apply the concepts of psychedelic psychotherapy to my own personal journey. This led to a pivotal shift in my career path.

Although my original career goal had been to broadly improve mental health treatment & policy through academic and government research, I quickly realized that I needed to do more than study people who suffered from mental illness. My heart repeatedly told me that I needed to connect with people in a more relational, supportive way – and that through this type of connection I would make a positive difference in both the lives of others and my self. As a result, I became immersed in training in anti-oppressive, compassionate counselling practices. About five years ago I began to directly focus my professional energy and resources on mental health & psychedelic integration counselling.


How I work with clients

From there it all started to make more sense! I began to see that disconnection from our selves, others, & nature is at the root of many states of suffering, and that re-connection is the antidote. This idea that “dis-connection” leads to “dis-ease” is now a foundational piece of my personal & professional philosophy. I currently own a private practice counselling business in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, called “Strength in Heart Counselling”, where I support clients to push the boundaries of “normal” & empower them to re-connect with their inner strength and resilience so that they can begin to live a more fulfilled, authentic life.



Master of Social Work (University of Victoria)


Registered Social Worker (#14081 British Columbia)


Psychedelic First Aid, Psychedelic Guide Training, Psychedelic Sitters School (Centre for Medicinal Mindfulness), Compassionate Inquiry (Gabor Mate Online Training)



Online Sessions


Location Online, Telehealth, Canada, British Columbia, Victoria

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