Ravi LaBua, PhD
New York City NY
My approach is collaborative, heart-centered and grounded in the conviction that healing and growth emerge through insight and meaning.
I'm a clinical psychologist with a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.A. and Ph.D. from the City College of New York, where I wrote my doctoral dissertation on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Currently, I'm in private practice and work with adults located in the state of New York. In addition to my private therapy practice, I work as an Adherence Rater on the MAPS clinical trials investigating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD. I have also facilitated psilocybin retreats in Jamaica. I also supervise clinical psychology doctoral students in support of their training. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy will be integrated into my practice once the laws allow. At present, I offer harm reduction treatment to support preparation and risk mitigation in advance of psychedelic experiences, as well as integration psychotherapy to process non-ordinary states of consciousness and associated challenges and insights. Prior to completing my doctorate, I worked at Columbia’s Barnard Toddler Center (where I scaffolded learning and play for ages one to three), Columbia Medical Center’s Perinatal Pathways Lab (where I researched the impact of prenatal development on postnatal outcomes), and the City University of New York (where I taught courses in child psychology to undergraduate students as an adjunct professor). I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center, with rotations in the PTSD Clinic (where I provided trauma-informed treatment in the aftermath of military combat and sexual violence), the Primary Care Clinic (where patients navigated medical concerns, including chronic illness and end-of-life considerations) and the Women’s Clinic (with focus areas in fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood). Influenced by transpersonal psychology, I have also pursued trainings in contemplative psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, dream analysis through the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy through the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.