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Reunited and it Feels So Good - what can psychedelic therapies teach us about psychotherapy?

Remember the catchy yacht-rock slow jam "Reunited and it Feels So Good?" That was the title of a talk I gave last year in San Antonio, TX at Psych Congress.

In this talk, I gave a "top 10" of what conventional psychiatry and psychotherapy can learn from the ongoing work with psychedelic therapy, even if they never touch a psychedelic.


You can watch to the talk here but for those of you who don't have an hour, here's the list:


10) Biological reductionism attempted to reduce mental illness to “chemical imbalances” 9) We may need to rethink our diagnostic categories 8) Much of contemporary psychiatry involves suffering alone and healing alone


7) The location where treatment takes place impacts outcomes 6)The ritual of treatment significantly impacts outcomes 5)Considering the larger culture of illness and healing 4) Perhaps how we are with patients is as important, if not more important than what we do


3) Psychedelics discourage emotional avoidance while encouraging openness 2) Can we make room for the spiritual in the psychiatric? 1) Biological psychiatry has missed psychotherapy


What's missing from this list? Hope your spring is going well,

Andrew



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