Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers

Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers

The psychedelic renaissance is here! Join Dr. Steve Thayer, Dr. Reid Robison, and special guests as they explore the frontiers of psychedelic medicine and mental health care. Our hosts draw from their extensive knowledge and experience with psychedelic medicine research and treatment to discuss the science, practice, and art of psychedelic healing. If you are a helping professional, therapist, clinician, guide, healer, psychedelic enthusiast, or simply curious about psychedelics and mental health, this is the podcast for you.

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September 14, 2021 57 min

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by returning guest, Vhari Macbeth, CSW, to discuss psycholytic ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). They cover the following topics:

(1:49) Some differences between psycholytic and psychedelic
(4:26) Psychedelics assist the therapy process, but don't do the work for you
(9:00) Different skills required for psycholytic v...

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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,...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss how ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is used to treat eating disorders. They cover the following topics:

(1:00) The combination of nature and nurture that leads to the development of disordered eating and eating disorders
(2:55) Holy Anorexia, by Rudolph M. Bell
(4:00) Center for Change eating disorder clinic
(4:41) "Manorexi...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by Bob Mcnutt, LCSW, to discuss the how ketamine is combined with a variety of psychotherapy modalities, particularly EMDR. They cover the following topics:

(1:50) Bob introduces himself and explains his interest in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.  becoming a ketamine therapist.
(4:20) What is psycholytic vs psychedelic ps...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison talk about the relationship between psychedelics and psychosis and discuss the abuse potential of ketamine. They cover the following topics:

(0:51) Should we be worried that psychedelics will cause or exacerbate psychosis? 
(4:00) Psychedelic research is getting more comfortable studying psychedelic treatment for certain psychotic cond...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer, Dr. Reid Robison, and Vhari Macbeth, CSW, discuss the concept of the self, multiple "selves", and how we work with "selfhood" in psychedelic medicine. They cover the following topics:

(1:50) The hosts talk about their personal quests for meaning and selfhood
(4:10) Self-awareness from an evolutionary perspective
(6:00) The fear associated...

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August 2, 2021 57 min

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer, Vhari Macbeth, CSW, and Derick Moody, PA-C, explore the curious phenomenon of self-sabotage. They cover the following topics:

(1:30) The various ways we are self-defeating
(3:29) The inner healing intelligence and looking internally for answers
(4:14) We aren't programmed for success, we're programmed for safety
(8:22) Culture influences the hedonic...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Reid Robison, Dr. Steve Thayer, and Derick Moody, PA-C, discuss the art and science of psychedelic trip-sitting. They cover the following topics:

(1:24) The distinctions between psychedelic trip-sitting, guiding, and harm reduction.
(2:48) Zendo Project 
(10:20) When you would want a psychedelic guide vs. a trip-sitter
(12:45) Skillset for psychedelic guides and trip-s...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Reid Robison and Dr. Steve Thayer explore several aspects of the unconscious mind. They cover the following topics:

(1:00) What is the unconscious mind?
(2:01) The shadow and unconscious contracts
(2:50) How a person's growth can be disruptive to those around them
(6:15) Intergenerational trauma, healing, and work with ayahuasca
(10:42) Consciousness is like a 3-layer...

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July 12, 2021 11 min

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Reid Robison and Dr. Steve Thayer discuss the many facets of human emotion and how we work with it in psychotherapy. They cover the following topics:

(1:14) What are feelings?
(2:02) How emotions show up in the body.
(2:43) Primary vs secondary emotions.
(3:55) Are there bad emotions?
(4:55) The repression of feelings.
(5:15) Healthy expression of anger.
(6:38) Emotional tr...

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Reid Robison, Dr. Steve Thayer, and Derick Moody, PA-C discuss whether or not the mystical experience caused by many psychedelic medicines is a necessary factor for the healing they promote. They cover the following topics:

(1:10) Nature article about non-psychoactive psychedelics.
(4:00) What do we mean by "mystical experience"?
(10:07) The entropic brain theor...

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Dr. Reid Robison and Dr. Steve Thayer  are joined by Derick Moody, PA-C, to discuss the role that the inner healing intelligence plays in psychedelic medicine. They explore the following topics:

  • What is the inner healing intelligence?
  • The role of the clinician is to foster an ideal environment for the healing process to commence and to remove the obstacles that frustrate that process
  • The "monkey mind" as an obstacle to psychol...
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    Dr. Reid Robison and Dr. Steve Thayer discuss the historically messy relationship between spirituality and modern psychiatry and the role that psychedelics are playing in a spiritual renaissance. They cover the following topics:

  • Scientific American article by Harvard psychologist, David Rosmarin, about psychiatry and spirituality.
  • Sigmund Freud's assertion that religion is a mass delusion
  • Perhaps a spiritual renaissance is happeni...
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    Dr. Reid Robison and Dr. Steve Thayer discuss how to integrate a psychedelic experience into every-day life. They cover the following topics:

  • The transformative potential of the psychedelic experience itself
  • How crucial it is to take deliberate actions to make changes prompted by psychedelics stick
  • The dangers of chasing one ecstatic, psychedelic experience after another without taking time to integrate
  • The role that proper intention-s...
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