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What’s It Like to Trip? The Patient Experience in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy [ONLINE]
January 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
by Portland Psychotherapy
January 8th, 2021 – What’s It Like to Trip? The Patient Experience in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy with Brian Pilecki, Ph.D.
There has been a resurgence of interest in the use of psychedelic substances to treat mental health problems, largely due to strong outcome data of recent clinical trials investigating psychedelic-assisted therapy. While many are familiar with this research, there seems to be less clarity around what the patient experience is like. How does psychedelic-assisted therapy work? How do psychedelic experiences lead to positive change or improvement? This webinar will outline the patient experience in this new form of treatment, including what is like to attend preparation sessions, dosing sessions, and follow-up integration sessions with therapists. Experiences from patients who participated in clinical trials will be included to help illustrate how psychedelics helped them.
Dr. Brian Pilecki is a clinical psychologist at the Portland Psychotherapy that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders (OCD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder), trauma and PTSD, and matters related to the use of psychedelics. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and practices from an orientation based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has been studying psychedelics for over 20 years, including earning an M.A. in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and attending numerous trainings and conferences. At Portland Psychotherapy he is involved in several research studies on psychedelics, such as a clinical trial investigating the use of MDMA to treat social anxiety and has published in the area of psychedelics and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is also involved in public education and advocacy to reduce the stigma associated with psychedelic use.