Erica Zelfand, ND

Naturopathic Physician

Specialties: Lifestyle counseling, mind/body integration, nutrition, men’s hormones, women’s issues, fatigue, digestive health, autoimmune disease

Services Offered: Individual, psychedelic integration (individuals), pre- and post-ritual counseling, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, research consultation (psychedelics)

Sessions: Telehealth (Portland, OR)

Website: www.SimbaHealth.com

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Biography

I am a family physician specializing in integrative and functional medicine and the mind/body connection. After graduating from medical school at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) with high honors, I completed a CNME-accredited residency in family medicine and then went on to complete four more additional years of post-doctoral mentorship in pediatrics.

Psychedelic science was for a many years a side curiosity, but has now blossomed to become a greater focal point in my work. In addition to volunteering as a sitter and medical lead with the Zendo Project, I’ve also co-taught their day-long trainings in Oregon and Washington. I also often write about psychedelic science and present at medical conferences/medical school grand rounds on the topic.

In my years in private practice I’ve come to understand the utmost importance of both mental health and spiritual well-being on physical health, and how psychedelics can often – but not always! – support that process.

How I work with clients

I provide online health consultations, life coaching, and psychedelic/mystical experience integration sessions to clients all over the world.

In these web-based sessions we will dive deep into the colorful layers of your physical, psychological, and spiritual health. I may draw upon my knowledge of herbs, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, clinical nutrition, lifestyle coaching, and various counseling tools to support you. I am also trained in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a gentle therapy similar to EMDR that’s great for breaking old patterns of thinking. If you have blood test results, I’m happy to talk you through those as well, and may even suggest some further testing, depending on your ailments.

I joke that I’m more of a detective-teacher than a doctor. As a detective I listen to the body’s clues to gain insights on what it truly needs to thrive, and as a teacher I dedicate myself to educating you on what’s happening so that you can be empowered to make the changes you need to heal.

We talk about how the mind can affect the body, but the body, too, can affect the mind. Sometimes mental/emotional struggles are best handled in therapy, but sometimes they have their origins in organic imbalances that can be detected in the blood. For example, hypothyroidism is the number one organic cause of depression, yet most people living with depression never have their thyroid health *properly* assessed. Nutritional deficiencies, sex hormone imbalances, and food intolerances can all derail mental and emotional well-being as well.

[NOTE: Although I am a fully licensed primary care physician, I am unable to prescribe medications to my online clients, though I may still make suggestions for you to discuss with your PCP.

Likewise for lab tests: I may suggest some blood tests/imaging, but you will either need to ask your PCP to order them if you wish to use your health insurance, or you can pay privately through Any Lab Test Now or other direct-to-consumer lab if you wish to order them on yourself.]

As a psychedelic harm reduction advocate, I am not a “psychedelics for all!” kind of practitioner. I think psychedelic healing is a great fit for some and a not-so-great of a fit for others. If you’re thinking about doing a psychedelic session, we can talk about how to best configure the set, setting, and other factors of your journey to enhance the healing potential of your journey.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME ASKING ME WHERE TO FIND ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OR PROVIDERS WHO “WORK WITH” THOSE SUBSTANCES UNDERGROUND.

Licenses

Naturopathic Physician – (1904 OR, WA)

Education

Doctorate of Neuropathic Medicine (National University of Natural Medicine, School of Medicine, Portland, OR)

Trainings

MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program, Mastering the Thyroid with Datis Kharrazian, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Psychedelic Trainings

CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic-assisted Therapies and Research, MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program

Languages

English

Location

Portland, Oregon

Online Sessions

Yes

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