A weekly conversation series with leaders in the psychedelic community. Designed in service of therapists, healers, retreat leaders, and passionate enthusiasts. Presented by Maya, the psychedelic therapy intelligence platform and hosted by Eamon Armstrong.
Jessica Cadoch (Maya): Changing Paradigms on Psychedelics and Addiction
Today on the Psychedelic Therapy Podcast, I am interviewing my colleague at Maya, Jessica Cadoch, our Research Manager for Public Health.
On the show, we discuss Jessica’s master's research in psychedelics and addiction. We talk about the paradigm shift in care she sees between the concept of the "powerless addict" and the idea of the empowered inner healer. We also discuss psychedelic societies, of which Jessica is an Executive Director in Montreal. Finally we touch on psychedelic ethics, a passion Jessica and I share.
Jessica is currently completing her master's degree in Medical Anthropology at McGill University. She is the Executive Director of the Montreal Psychedelic Society, and is our Research Manager at Maya. Her master’s research explores the implications involved in a shifting paradigm around psychedelic substances, particularly relating to twelve-step-based models of recovery from addiction.
Montreal Psychedelic Society: https://www.montrealpsychedelicsociety.org/
:08 - How did friends’ issues with addiction brought Jessica to study psychedelic medicine from the perspective of medical anthropology.
:15- Jessica’s research around addiction and psychedelics
:26 - A paradigm shift in addiction treatment
:31 - Psychedelic societies
:38 - Considerations for psychedelic ethics
:43 - Jessica shares her gratitude with psychedelic healers
Veronika Gold (Polaris Insight): Creating a Ketamine Clinic
Have you ever wondered what it would take to create a psychedelic therapy clinic? Today’s guest, Veronika Gold, co-founder of Polaris Insight Center in San Francisco has done just that.
Our conversation starts with Veronika first meeting Stanislav Grof at 16 years old in the Czech Republic and we follow her journey from studying at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) to founding Polaris. We cover the challenges she has faced from battling misconceptions, to therapeutic transference, to providing equal access. We also discuss the efficacy of different therapeutic modalities as well as different molecules.
Veronika is has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Charles University in Prague and an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology CIIS. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certificates in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Realization Process. She is a Sub Investigator and a co-therapist in MAPS Clinical Program for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy and has trained in Ketamine-assisted therapy with Dr. Raquel Bennett at Kriya Institute, and Dr. Phil Wolfson, and Julane Andries at the Ketamine Training Center.
Healthy therapeutic relationships are a cornerstone of creating a good set and setting for psychedelic-assisted therapy, and Veronika clearly has what it takes to help her clients heal.
A note from Maya who presents the Psychedelic Therapy Podcast: As a practitioner with a leading psychedelic practice, Veronika has been a part of helping Maya co-create our software platform designed to help psychedelic practitioners track, measure, and illustrate the health outcomes of their clients. If you are an individual ketamine practitioner interested in being a part of the foundation of this platform, please visit our Council of Guides page on the maya website: https://www.mayahealth.com/council
Polaris Insight Center
:05 - Veronika’s interest in psychedelics was sparked by meeting Stanislav Grof at 16
:10 - Veronika’s journey in starting a ketamine-assisted therapy clinic
:15 - Challenges from combating misconceptions to transference and countertransference
:23 - Which therapeutic modalities are most efficacious when working with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
:33 - Choosing different psychedelic molecules for healing and how healing can turn into psychospiritual development.
:43 - Helping clients get access to psychedelic therapy
:49 - Veronika speaks to psychedelic practitioners
Deanne Adamson (Being True To You): The Art of Integration
Wise psychonauts have long known that the real work of psychedelic healing is in the post-experience integration and there is no one more renowned in this field than today’s guest Deanne Adamson, founder of Being True To You.
We spend the first third of our conversation discussing preparation for psychedelic healing, including how to anchor an experience as it happens. We talk about integration as a long road of cultivation and explore when to invite more medicine work as part of that process. Deanne describes her technique of using an integration wheel for tracking outcomes. Finally we talk about integration coaching itself and the particular value of the exhaustive training provided by the Being True To You program.
Deanne is the founder of Being True To You, a certification program and network that provides one-on-one coaching to help people integrate transformational experiences. She developed the Transformational Recovery Model based on her extensive work supporting families through ibogaine and helping to facilitate the natural recovery process. She has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and her academic background is based in spiritual psychology.
Integration leads to cultivation which leads to transformation. Today on the Psychedelic Therapy Podcast, Deanne shows us how to support this powerful healing process.
But first, a quick word from us at Maya. If you are a psychedelic practitioner, please consider taking 10 minutes to complete our Psychedelic Practitioners Survey. By gaining insight into psychedelic therapy practices, Maya aims to shed light on the amazing work that’s happening in this space. We believes the world of psychedelic medicine needs more data to develop best practices and help practitioners provide safe and effective services at scale. By contributing to this survey, you can also sign up to be amongst the first to get access to the Maya platform designed specifically for psychedelic practitioners.
Being True To You
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:10 - Using “anchoring” to transition out of a psychedelic experience to maximize integration
:13 - Integration starts with preparation
:26 - Integration leads to cultivation which leads to transformation
:32 - When should someone move from integration to new medicine work
:38 - Using an “integration wheel” to consider the most salient things taken from an experience
:46 - How are integration coaching working with therapists?
:53 - The Being True to You coaching program and the issue of bias in psychedelic practice
Lynn Marie Morski: Introducing the Psychedelic Medicine Association
How will doctors who don’t know about psychedelic therapies, learn to be receptive to these innovative compounds as valuable tools for their patients? Dr. Lynn Marie Morski, host of the Plant Medicine Podcast, has a brilliant idea–to form an association dedicated to educating medical practitioners about psychedelics.
On today’s episode, we discuss why Lynn Marie created the Psychedelic Medicine Association. We talk about what it means to create a coalition of ethically aligned actors and how to advance equal access to entheogenic compounds. Lynn Marie shares her entrepreneurial challenges and her dreams about where this association could go in the next 5 to 10 years.
As you’ll learn on the show, Lynn Marie has quite an impressive background. She is a physician, an attorney, a podcaster, and the author of Quitting by Design. She works with the Veterans Administration and hosts the Plant Medicine Podcast.
Psychedelic Medicine Association
Psychedelic Medicine Association Virtual Launch Event
Plant Medicine Podcast
Quitting by Design
:06 - How psychedelic medicine can change the way we believe we must achieve to be loved
:14 - Lynn Marie’s successful Plant Medicine Podcast
:23 - Why Lynn Marie created an association to educate doctors on the value of psychedelics
:29 - Creating coalitions of ethically aligned actors and equal access to psychedelic
:40 - Where Lynn Marie sees the Psychedelic Medicine Association in 5-10 years
:45 - Founding members, Lynn Marie’s team, and how you can get involved.
:53 - Lynn Marie speaks directly to psychedelic practitioners
Belinda Eriacho: Psychedelic Healing for Native Peoples
This week’s guest, Belinda Eriacho, brings powerful insights from her lineage as a Native American woman and her life experience as a powerful healer and public speaker.
We start the show with a land acknowledgment honoring Indigenous land rights, before exploring key aspects of Belinda’s worldview, including the importance of humor and the principle of "hózhó," which means to walk in harmonious relationship with everything around you. Belinda shares her own intergenerational trauma and her sacred corn pollen path. We end our conversation with important considerations for psychedelic therapists who wish to help heal Native Peoples.
Belinda is a healer and leader from the Dine’ (Navajo) and Zuni lineage. She is certified in Integrated Energy Therapy and has advanced degrees in Health Sciences, Public & Occupational Health, and Technology. Through her personal practice and her leadership as a public speaker, Belinda supports the healing of Native Peoples and is helping to guide the Psychedelic Renaissance towards a more holistic perspective.
Also, if you're a psychedelic practitioner, please take 10 minutes to complete our survey. Your contributions will help shed light on psychedelic-therapy practices around the world.
Considerations for Psychedelic Therapists when Working with Native American People and Communities
Guidelines for Inclusion of Indigenous People into Psychedelic Science Conferences
App for Land Acknowledgements
Video on Intergenerational Trauma: Native American Legacy at MAPS POC Workshop
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
:05 - Belinda educates us about land acknowledgments
:13 - How Native People use humor as a form of resilience
:18 - The principle of hózhó,: Walking in harmonious relationship to everything around you
:21 - Belinda shares her own story of intergenerational trauma and her personal Corn Pollen Path
:29 - The Native American worldview, the western medical model, and the Decriminalization Movement
:44 - Considerations when working with Native American people
:53 - Belinda speaks to psychedelic therapists
Florie St. Aime: The Importance of Ritual
Today on the show, I am honored to be speaking with a healer and guide who is deeply steeped in ritual, magic, and the wisdom of her Haitian ancestors, Florie St. Aime.
On the show we discuss how growing up in Brooklyn of Haitian descent informed Florie’s perspective on psychedelics. We talk about psychedelic medicine as ancestral healing and justice work. Florie shares her experience on MAPS’ first training for communities of color in Kentucky and what she learned from her cohort there. Finally, we discuss the importance of ritual and the influence of the regal Haitian lineage Florie holds.
Florie is a radical social worker and a graduate of MAPS’ 2019 training for communities of color. If you are interested in learning more about her work, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are inspired by her work, consider contributing to her gofundme - linked in the show notes.
Finally, a message from Maya, the psychedelic practitioner platform that makes this show possible: If you're a psychedelic practitioner, please take 10 minutes to complete our survey. Your contributions will help shed light on psychedelic-therapy practices around the world: https://www.mayahealth.com/research/surveys
Email Florie: email@example.com
Contribute to Florie’s gofundme
MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color and Psychedelic Medicine and Cultural Trauma Community Workshop: 8-Day Conference
Maya Practitioner Survey
:08 - How the D.A.R.E. program and Florie’s Haitian background influenced her perspective on psychedelics growing up
:13 - Psychedelics first came into Florie’s life as medicine
:24 - For Florie, psychedelic work is ancestral work in the service of justice
:31 - Learning across the cohort at MAPS’ first BIPOC training
:36 - The importance of ritual and the influence of Florie’s Haitian ancestry
:46 - How to be a good ancestor
:53 - Florie speaks to psychedelic practitioners