The Emergence of Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy
In May of 2019, I was invited to join the advisory board of Mind Medicine Australia (MMA). Mind Medicine Australia is “a charity that enables the development of regulatory-approved and research-backed psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of mental ill-health in Australia.” In anticipation of Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy achieving legal status in the coming years, MMA have sought me out to help them to begin developing their Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy training program - giving psychotherapists the skills they need to successfully support clients in this work.
Much of my work under the banner of Wild Mind employs non-ordinary states of consciousness to support health and wholeness. This work is grounded in various state-change technologies including dance/movement, nature-based practices and a variety of other psychotherapeutic processes. Another state-change technology that has been used by human beings across many cultures and for thousands of years is plant medicine or its modern-day equivalent, psychedelics.
While I do not facilitate psychedelic journeys for legal reasons, I often work with members of the Melbourne medicine community in a psychotherapeutic capacity, supporting the exploration and integration of psychedelic experiences. You can read more about this in an article I wrote for psychotherapy.net in 2015.
In working with MMA I will draw upon these experiences, along with my experience in academia - developing courses in psychotherapy and training psychotherapists since 2011. I look forward to working with MMA towards developing a world class psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy training program and ensuring that Australia in a key player in this new health frontier.