Catherine Auman: Combining Psychedelic Integration with Transpersonal Therapy
Los Angeles based psychedelic integration therapist Catherine Auman, the author of numerous books, and courses including MDMA and Couples Therapy, brings a unique perspective to psychedelic integration by combining it with her training in transpersonal therapy. She had this to tell Frshminds about her approach to care:
What sparked your interest in providing psychedelic integration to your patients?
I’ve offered psychedelic integration services since I first studied psychedelic therapy in graduate school in the 80s. I knew I was uniquely qualified because I had been trained as a transpersonal therapist and had integrated my own psychedelic experiences.
What makes your practice special?
My practice is special because of my long training in transpersonal and alternative therapies as well as being grounded in traditional, mainstream, licensed therapy. Usually therapists are one or the other and not both.
How do you see psychedelic therapy evolving in the future?
Hopefully, psychedelic therapy will become legalized.
What’s the one piece of advice you would offer to patients considering psychedelic integration to help them manage their mental health?
Psychedelics are not for everyone. They are not a panacea or a magic cure. They do not replace competent psychotherapy. If you read most of the clinical trials, patients state that it was the therapy in combination with the medicine that made the difference.
What are the most remarkable changes you have seen in patients who have leveraged psychedelic integration to manage their mental wellness?
The most remarkable changes I have witnessed is when a person’s heart opens up and they re-enter their life with a permanent state of increased compassion toward others and the planet.
What challenges do you see for further integration of psychedelic-based therapies into more mainstream healthcare?
The main challenge is the widely-propagated belief that psychedelic therapies are some kind of instant cure enabling one to not have any more pain after one or two journeys. This kind of false propaganda can keep people away from the getting the help they need. Personal and spiritual growth are life-time activities.
If you want to learn more about Catherine’s approach to care, check out her Frshminds listing or visit her website.
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