Essential qualities and skills of the psychedelic therapist



In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss qualities and skills they think are essential for therapists who provide psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. They cover the following topics:

(1:15) Introduction to the topic
(3:21) The art and science of psychedelic trip-sitting episode
(3:44) The value of the podcast media platform
(6:27) Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth
(7:14) Being present and attentive
(10:17) Transference, countertransference, and awareness of your triggers
(10:50) Strategic use of silence
(12:55) The art and science of psychotherapy
(17:07) The importance of doing your own work as a therapist
(17:58) Developing Guidelines and Competencies for the Training of Psychedelic Therapists, by Janis Phelps
(18:16) Empathetic abiding presence
(19:25) Trust enhancement
(23:50) Spiritual intelligence
(27:15) Knowledge of the physical and psychological affects of psychedelics
(31:30) Therapist self-awareness and ethical integrity
(34:04) Proficiency in complementary techniques
(35:34) The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide, by James Fadiman and infectious energy
(39:25) Patience, compassion, and intuition
(41:00) The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert

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