Elizabeth M. Nielson, PhD, CASAC

Psychologist & Substance Use Counselor 

Specialties: Substance use, trauma, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, harm reduction, psychotherapy, psychedelic therapy

Services Offered: Individual, group, psychedelic integration (individuals), psychedelic integration (groups), harm reduction therapy (groups), pre- and post-ritual counseling, trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, substance use disorder programs, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness training, research consultation (psychedelics), yoga therapy

Sessions: Teletherapy (NY only) and In Person (New York, NY)

Clinic: Psychedelic Integration and Continuing Care

Website:  psychedelicprogram.com

 

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Biography

Dr. Nielson is a psychologist and credentialed substance abuse counselor with over 4 years of professional involvement in psilocybin research at NYU School of Medicine. Prior to becoming involved in psychedelic research, Dr. Nielson studied art, psychology, and evidence-based interventions for drug and alcohol use, including harm reduction, motivational interviewing, community reinforcement, and mindfulness-based therapy. Before joining the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living, she held post-doctoral fellowships in psychodynamic therapy at Adelphi and in addiction research at NDRI and NYU School of Nursing. Dr. Nielson is presently a therapist on the phase 2 trials of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder and of MDMA-assisted treatment of PTSD at NYU. Dr. Nielson’s own program of research includes qualitative studies of patient experiences in psychedelic-assisted therapy, interview studies of psychedelic therapists, and research on the historical use of LSD in psychotherapist training.

How I work with clients

I offer psychedelic harm reduction and integration psychotherapy in a private practice setting. The harm reduction aspect involves providing an open, safe, and supportive environment in which to discuss plans, intentions, and expectations for psychedelic use in any setting: ceremonial, festivals, alone, or in other groups. Together we can talk about your unique motivations and how you might minimize the potential harms of psychedelic use while maximizing the potential for a safe experience. Integration work is about how psychedelic experiences relate to your relationships, career, spiritual practice, physical and mental health, values, etc. I draw on principles of psychedelic-assisted therapy and conventional psychotherapy approaches to support clients in translating psychedelic experiences into lasting, meaningful insights and growth. I offer individual sessions and run an ongoing Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Exploration group at the Center.

 

Licenses

Psychologist (New York), Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (New York)

Education

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Walden University MA in Psychology/Substance Abuse Counseling, New School for Social Research BA in Psychology, Eugene Lang College

Languages

English

Trainings

Psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder (NYU) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Oasis Institute) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (Omega Institute) Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (UCSD) Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Kripalu)

Psychedelic Trainings

MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program

Online Sessions

Yes

Location New York, New York City

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