What makes group therapy so special?

In today’s episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss what makes group therapy so special. They explore the unique advantages of groups, both psychedelic and non-psychedelic, and discuss some of the potential drawbacks of group work.

(1:54) Why don't we do more group therapy in mental health?
(4:53) Creating bonds through group therapy
(6:50) Differences between solo and group
(11:57) The art of group therapy
(16:29) Challenges
(26:00) We are wired to connect
(27:29) Psychedelic group therapy research
(29:05) Connected but alone

Trauma-informed psychedelic therapy, training, and chronic pain with Dr. Devon Christie

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by Dr. Devon Christie. Devon is the senior lead of psychedelic programs at Numinus and one of the primary architects of our psychedelic therapy training programs. She teaches for the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Psychedelic Therapy and Research, the Integrative Psychiatry Institute Certificate Program in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, and Psychedelics Today’s VITAL program, among others. She’s a busy woman. She has expertise in mindfulness based stress reduction, relational somatic therapy for trauma, and in both MDMA and Ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

Our conversation today is wide-ranging. We talk about trauma-informed psychedelic-assisted therapy, explore the current training landscape for psychedelic therapists, discuss the similarities and differences between plant medicine ceremony and psychedelic-assisted therapy, briefly touch on the potential for psychedelics to help with chronic pain, and much more.

(4:11) What drives Dr. Devon Christie
(14:54) Differences between plant medicine ceremony and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy
(22:45) Trauma informed care
(23:41) Why you should be ready
(31:51) The key to resolving trauma
(37:57) Trauma is transcendent
(44:23) The potential danger of overlaying worldviews on others
(52:15) Psychedelic trainings

How does therapy actually work?

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison try to answer the provocative question, "How does therapy actually work?" They discuss how mental illness is defined, different therapy approaches, aspects common to all therapy approaches, how psychedelics might accelerate progress in therapy, whether or not AI therapists will steal our jobs, and much more!

(2:15) Does psychotherapy work?
(3:11) How do we define mental health problem?
(7:00) What do we work on in therapy?
(12:07) Therapist using their humanity as a therapeutic tool
(16:00) Corrective emotional experience
(17:49) Common vs specific factors that contribute to the effectiveness of therapy
(12:09) Classical and operant conditioning
(24:02) Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD
(29:19) Cognitive dissonance
(32:25) Why we stay stuck
(37:17) Self-awareness and insight
(41:02) Habit change
(44:56) Ibogaine treatment for addiction
(48:39) Distinct but overlapping aspects of psychedelic experiences and therapy approaches
(50:00) AI therapists and how to find the right therapist for you
(57:38) Combining therapy and psych medications
(01:02:12) Psychedelic accelerated psychotherapy

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