Clancy Cavnar, PsyD

San Francisco CA
The potential for personal transformation is highly accelerated by compassionate, informed examination. As someone who is familiar with psychedelic experience, as well as being a licensed psychologist with specializations in substance abuse and psychedelic therapy, I can offer a comprehensive assessment and treatment focused on a client’s individual needs in a wide range of areas. In addition to work with adults, I have also years of experience working with children, and from this have gained insight into the profound impact childhood experiences have on our growth as adults. I utilize mindfulness and integrate spiritual concepts that I have found useful in my work. I like to I keep an open format so that any topic is welcome without judgment, and invite exploration of the meanings of all feelings, visions, and dreams, with greater connection, wisdom, and happiness as the ultimate goals.
Clancy Cavnar has a PsyD from John F. Kennedy University. She works as a clinical psychologist at a dual diagnosis facility in San Francisco and is a research associate of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP). She is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also Associate Editor at Chacruna (, a venue for publication of high-quality academic short texts on plant medicines. Further, she is an artist; her painting is inspired by18 years in the Santo Daime tradition. Her doctoral dissertation explored the effect that ritual ayahuasca use had on gay and lesbian participants’ identities. She is author and co-author several peer reviewed articles, and co-editor, with Beatriz C. Labate, of five books: The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca (Springer, 2014); Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use (Springer, 2014); Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Peyote: History, Politics and Conservation (Praeger, 2016) and The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies (Routledge, 2016); and, with Beatriz C. Labate and Thiago Rodrigues, of Drug Policies and the Politics of Drugs in the Americas (Springer, 2016).