Yury Shamis, PhD, MA


Specialties: Psychedelic therapy, anxiety, relationship and break-up difficulties, addiction and substance abuse, existential concerns, stress management, life coaching

Services Offered: Individual, psychedelic integration (individuals), trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, treatment planning, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, psychodynamic therapy, career counseling

Sessions: Telehealth & In person (Melbourne, Australia)

Website: innerfocustherapy.com.au


Fundamentally, my personal experience in psychotherapy stems from my own self-analysis; the slow breakdown and re-authoring of past traumas, thoughts, and maladaptive beliefs by using learned cognitive-behavioral techniques, releasing emotional blocks, and pushing myself through fears via exposure work.

I have battled severe anxiety, depression and drug addiction. I have felt the joy from being in love and the gut-wrenching agony from heartbreak; ridden the highs of social success and the lows of interpersonal isolation. As I’ve worked through many of these issues and have grown older (and hopefully wiser), I have come to realise that much of my life’s struggles are underlined by existential concerns and the search for a deeper meaning / purpose in life.

My own extensive experience with MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, ketamine and DMT; through recreational use, self-experimentation, guided healing and shamanic ceremonies, can be used to assist your psychedelic process. My deep rooted belief in the healing potential of these medicines, together with the understanding of transpersonal psychology, shamanic rituals, set, setting, preparation and integration, can become a part of the support framework as you undertake your own journey with psychedelics; offering an open minded, judgement-free, compassionate and confidential solution.


How I work with clients

I aim to help my clients alter their thoughts and schemas, explore and resolve past traumas and anxieties, as well as meaningfully interpret and re-author their life narratives. I believe that everyone’s identity needs to be underwritten with well-established personal truths, ideas, values and that almost any of life’s obstacles can be overcome if a person is true to their purpose, morals and love.

As a practicing therapist, I constantly try to shift my focus between subjectivity and objectivity to attempt to feel as you do, as well as attain external insight. I see therapy not as “doctor-patient” scenario but rather as two colleagues tackling a problem together. The aim is to connect with you on an emotional /intellectual/experiential and/or spiritual level, therefore allowing your issues to be explored with a level of subjectivity and always with a high degree of compassionate understanding.


Psychotherapist (Victoria, Australia)


Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Cairn Millar Institute)
PhD in Microbiology (Swinburne University)



Online Sessions


Location Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

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