Sunday, May 31, 2020

Comments by jbnorton

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  • I’m in the Mental Health Counseling master’s program at Goddard right now! I live in MA and we’re able to align our coursework to the MA state licensing requirements, which is not CACREP. I know some of my fellow students who live in CACREP states have been nervous about whether or not a Goddard MA will qualify them for licensure in their state, but I think with careful planning it’s doable.

    Good to hear you describe SNHU as a scam, because they were on my short list!

  • Hi Meaghan,

    Once again, thanks for sharing your journey here and I look forward to more. Thanks as well for the speedy reply!

    There are training programs happening in universities right now in the US for psychedelic therapists because the clinical trials’ efficacy means that their use may be legal within a few years. I’m not sure about Canada, though. NYU and California Institute for Integral Studies are two that I know of.

    I’m sorry that you felt some of the clinicians involved in your treatment were not qualified to lead you up the mountain ala Bill Richards’ analogy. As a yoga teacher, it’s much the same for me with my students – why would they listen to me if I didn’t have my own personal experience of a yoga practice? How can one establish an atmosphere of trust and empathy without understanding how the medicine works? Psychedelic experiences can be unsettling, to say the least, yet the presence of a compassionate, non-judgemental guide can help ease the journey. Might the legalization of psychedelic therapy lead to more comprehensive screening and training of the professionals expected to administer them?

    The possibility of abuse of clients in this type of setting is very real – it’s my understanding that this is one of the reasons that a dyad treatment team is used – one person of each gender. I’ve also heard of abuses in the underground ayahuasca community.

    The education, training, and screening of professionals you call for can only happen on a widespread basis once the substances are decriminalized for therapeutic use.

    Disclaimer: I am currently back in university after a 25 year hiatus pursuing a bachelor’s degree in holistic psychology, and then graduate school after that. My goal is to become a legal, licensed psychedelic psychotherapist.

    As such, if you are willing to share, it would be really interesting to hear more about your different experiences – what worked, what didn’t, etc.

    Warm Regards,

  • Hi Nomadic,

    In response to this comment from you: How can one possibly hope to advance an anti-psychiatric drug position, when they are entertaining ideas like that?

    I offer this: the protocol for using psychedelics in psychotherapy is radically different than the current psychiatric drug protocol. The goal is that after just a few sessions, spread out over a period of a few months, there will be no more need for the psychiatric medications that are prescribed for DAILY USE FOR AN INDETERMINATE PERIOD OF TIME. Sorry to yell, but I hope you realize that this is a huge threat to the pharmaceutical industry.

    I laud your emphasis on legal recourse for trauma and abuse victims. I concur that trauma victims need to be empowered, but I would say from personal experience, that empowerment only came after I was convinced on a very deep level that is was not my fault. That validation came for me after good psychotherapy and the opportunity to experience an underground psychedelic healing session. Quite literally, for the first time in over 40 years, I understood – I knew – I felt – I believed – it was not my fault.

    You might find some helpful information by Googling psychedelic therapy for PTSD.


  • Hi Oldhead – check out the research being done by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies at They understand the importance of set and setting, and that the therapy is largely driven by the medication and the experience of the patient – the therapists aren’t there to direct the experience or just take clinical notes on what the client is saying. (Meaghan, if your experience differed, please chime in) Even in hospital settings, the clinicians attempted to alter the environment to make it more pleasing and homey. Certainly not a campsite in a sacred wooded environment, but I do believe they realize the importance of set and setting and that the inner guidance the patient is getting is the real therapeutic device – the guides or therapists are there to assure safety to the client and help with the integration of the experience afterward.

  • Hello Rossa,

    One of the reasons psychiatrists and psychotherapists might be destabilizing is that the treatment is illegal – unless one is involved in a clinical research trial like the author, psychedelic therapy is not available to people unless they choose to break the law. However, because of the courage of people like Meaghan and others, that hopefully will not be the case much longer. For more info, check out the research at the Multidiscplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies at