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Vet’s Psychedelic Discourse – Guest Speaker TBI/Brain Surgery/Stroke/PTSD [ONLINE]
March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
by Portland Psychedelic Society
This month we will have a special guest. Blaine Chatterton a member of the PPS family. Blaine is a traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain surgery and PTSD survivor/thriver. Blaine will discuss his personal story of self experimentation and how psychedelics and other plant medicines have been a part of his healthy recovery and his journey to wellness from conventional medicine. Blaine will present to the group and take questions. He has personal knowledge from years of macrodosing and microdosing various compounds.
Matthew Hudson is a Father of two, a Husband and Brother. He spent 12.5 years on active duty in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout. He served three tours of duty in the Middle East, 2 tours in Iraq, 1 tour in Afghanistan. He was medically retired in December of 2016 and like many veterans, he was diagnosed with “PTSD”. This past year he discovered how effective psilocybin can be in the treatment of this condition with both micro and macro-dosing. The Portland Psychedelic Society is grateful that he is enthusiastic about helping to introduce his fellow veterans to this treatment modality and working to dispel negative stigma through the sharing of his own experiences.
Tyler James (Tyler’s co-hosts when his schedule allows) Tyler is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a dog handler, detecting IED’s (improvised explosive devices). Previously he worked as a wild-land firefighter and park ranger.
Tyler is a practicing therapist with a focus in Transpersonal Psychology, Jungian Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His clinical experience in mental health includes inpatient behavioral health, individual counseling, and outpatient behavioral health at a combat trauma clinic.
He earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Environmental Studies.
Through his work with plant medicines Tyler realized the efficacy of entheogens in healing personal trauma, and facilitating the process of individuation.
Tyler has received certificates in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Interventions for alleviating symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
In his free time, he enjoys paddle boarding with his dog (“Mac”), running, reading, hiking, snowboarding, meditating, and traveling. Tyler is also a regular contributor to The Portland Psychedelic Societies social media feed and Youtube channel.