A Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Re-Parenting

I’d like to share part of the map of a psychedelic journey that I’ve been sketching out over the past few years drawing from both personal experience and from my work as a psychotherapist and life coach. I’ll focus on three key points on this map: attachment issues, brain lateralization and meditation practice. We’ll see how connecting these points can reveal a promising path for healing our earliest and deepest wounds.

Improving Ketamine Mileage

Although the ideal way to use ketamine likely entails receiving the treatment in a safe and comfortable setting, in an unrushed atmosphere, with a supportive psychotherapist or counselor nearby (or just a phone call away), this is not always the experience that the ever-growing number of ketamine treatment facilities offer their patients.

We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Drinking Ayahuasca

Article originally featured on Kahpi. Ryan was a meditator, experienced with ayahuasca, so it surprised him (not in a good way) when a disturbing ceremony revealed the world as hollow and grotesquely meaningless. In the aftermath, he felt dissociated and numb. It took him the better part of a year to recover, and he was

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Can We Quantify the Placebo Effect in Psychedelic Medicine?

Here, take these pills. It will make you better. Likely you’ve heard these phrases before if you’re living in a medicalized society. For whatever ails you, there is a pill or an entire arsenal of medications that your doctor may prescribe. Some of these drugs are life-saving remedies with biological targets that interrupt disease progression

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MDMA Could Revolutionize Care for Trauma, a Social Worker’s Perspective

An article about why mental health professionals are in dire need of better treatment for PTSD, how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy works, and how important a treatment like this could be for addressing the immense burden of trauma in vulnerable communities, especially communities of color and low-income communities.

Healing Trauma with MDMA: A New Study Published

Patchwork Art from MAPS Therapist Training Program 2017Photo Credit: Alyssa Gursky Findings from the last study in a series of six Phase 2 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was published today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology [1]. The clinical trial in Boulder, Colorado (MP-12) enrolled 28 participants suffering from

How Psychedelics Help Neurons Grow

A common question about the recent wave of psychedelic research is, “how do these mind-altering substances work in the brain to produce a rapid reduction of symptoms and long-lasting improvements for a variety of mental health disorders?” Beyond some scientifically well-founded hypotheses and pure speculation, we haven’t had enough experimental evidence on psychedelics to draw