Essential qualities and skills of the psychedelic therapist

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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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Disclaimer: The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice or mental health treatment. Consult with a medical/mental health professional if you believe you are in need of mental health treatment.


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