Treating trauma with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

by Numinus

Sep 07, 2021

Listen to this episode

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by Hannah Cross, LCSW, to discuss how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is used to treat trauma. They cover the following topics:

(1:00) Hannah introduces herself. Wild Sunflower Counseling 
(1:45) How is trauma defined?
(3:25) “Little t” vs. “Big T” trauma
(8:35) How trauma affects the mind, nervous system, and body. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
(12:12) The three E's of trauma
(12:28) Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD
(14:31) Understanding and treating trauma from a “parts work” perspective
(18:35) MAPS and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD
(29:10) Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and trauma trapped in the body
(34:10) The breath is the barometer and remote control of the mind
(37:00) Episode on how to integrate a psychedelic experience 
(37:10) Trance/Ecstatic dance for embodied healing 
(41:20) Processing and releasing damned up emotion (e.g., using ayahuasca and ketamine)
(42:48) Reclaiming your identity/voice after trauma 
(45:18) How ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is used to treat trauma
(51:48) Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can provide corrective experiences
(55:13) MDMA shows promise as a couples therapy enhancer 
(57:26) The challenges of treating trauma as a clinician 

Learn more about our podcast at
Learn more about Novamind at

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.

We want to connect with you!

Sign up here so we can keep in touch.