Maria Amelchenko, RN, BNursing, BNaturopathy

Registered Nurse

Specialties: Psychedelics for Autistic people, addictions treatment support, psychospiritual emergencies

Services Offered: Individual, group, couples, 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, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, mindfulness training, research consultation (psychedelics), dieta counseling

Sessions: Telehealth & In person (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)


Article: Harm Reduction 101: Psychedelics


Originally from Russia, a community clinic nurse, I immigrated to Canada in my early twenties and continued my nursing career here as Outpost Nurse in Canadian North, Emergency Nurse in rural Alberta and British Columbia. As an immigrant from Eastern Europe, I found it strange how removed holistic health practices were from the practice of orthodox medicine in North America. I found myself telling my patients and colleagues about Nettle tea for UTIs and Mustard foot baths for URTIs, the reasons for not rushing with antipyretic medications for most fevers, and the way to address diarrhea symptoms with cooked rice broth. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Nursing from Athabasca university, which had just become a standard for RN education in Canada, and decided to study Herbal Medicine at the university level as well. I completed my first year of that degree in Glasgow, Scotland attending Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, and later continued my studies in New Zealand, graduating in 2013 in Auckland with Wellpark College Bachelor Degree of Naturopathy and Diploma of Herbal Medicine. I continued nursing as an Emergency nurse and later Palliative health care nurse, while I lived in New Zealand.

The annual conference of Medical Herbalists in Dunedin, NZ in 2013 was my first professional introduction to the subject of Entheogenic medicine. Soon after, while traveling in Europe, I had a chance to try psilocybin-containing “truffles” and participated in a 3 day Ayahuasca workshop in the Netherlands, where both entheogens are legal. The profound experiences I had with both medicines led me to embrace Psychedelic Nursing as my path. I have worked with a variety of entheogens since – more Psilocybin and Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Iboga, Salvia divinorum, Sapo and Yopo in solo ceremonies and in groups, traditional and contemporary ceremonial spaces around the world. I can help those new to the path choose a safe and sound approach to working with those medicines and other psychedelics. I also provide peer support, integration assistance and supervision for more experienced psychonauts, whether they take the psychedelic medicines themselves or act as facilitators for others.


How I work with clients

Having practiced as an RN in outpost, rural, emergency, community and palliative health care in Russia, Canada and New Zealand, I am finding myself stepping outside of the classic nursing “box”.

I work at the intersection of Nursing and Medical Herbalism fields through my private practice of Nurse Herbalist, harm reduction work in psychedelic medicine, psycho-spiritual health support and holistic health workshops tailored to patients’ needs.

I provide comprehensive physical and psycho-spiritual health assessments, holistic nursing therapies and opportunity to learn self care, consultancy services about Entheogenic medicine and Safe Psychedelic Practices to individuals and organizations.

I help my clients design and implement the most efficient health and safety practices for their individual and community needs in the spirit of Permaculture, the art and science of Sustainable Life design.

I walk alongside my patients, supporting them through life challenges and transitions in person or telecommunication mode, advocate for them and help them rediscover their path in any circumstances.

I can guide you in the safe direction if you find yourself on the fringe of life, fully believing in practices of harm reduction and striving to empower every patient without judgement or personal bias, working as a Community Holistic Health Support.



Registered Nurse (College of Nurses of Ontario # 05-02385 Canada)


Bachelor of Nursing (Athabasca University, Canada)
Bachelor of Naturopathy (Wellpark College, NZ)
Diploma of Herbal Medicine (Wellpark College, NZ)


INELDA Death Doula Certificate, ZENDO Psychedelic Harm Reduction Training


English, Russian

Online Sessions


Location Canada, Ontario, Toronto

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