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The Use of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy

With Dr David Erritzoe, Dr Jo O'Reilly, Maria Papaspyrou and Dr Rosalind Watts

Saturday 2 March 2019 - London

In recent years there has been a rekindling of interest into the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. This psychedelic renaissance is producing scientific evidence for efficacy in some psychiatric disorders that are difficult to treat; indeed MDMA assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant PTSD looks set to become a mainstream treatment. This is obviously a controversial subject and sober appraisal is required. Many psychotherapists will also be aware of reckless use of psychedelics, the vogue for ayahuasca and the dangers of un-integrated experiences. While psychedelic assisted psychotherapy challenges our existing paradigms and opens up areas of psyche that may be unfamiliar, it does appear to offer mutative change and therapeutic promise if used correctly. This conference will outline the history of psychedelics and the first generation of clinical use and research that ended in the late 1960s. We will explore the psychology of the psychedelic experience itself, the importance of set, setting and integration and the territory of psyche that is uncovered. There will be descriptions of clinical research with psilocybin with depressed patients and MDMA with PTSD. The aim of the conference is to equip the attendee with a working knowledge of the subject.


Dr David Erritzoe
David Erritzoe qualified as a medical doctor at Copenhagen University Medical School in 2001 and currently holds an Academic Clinical Lectureship in Psychiatry at Imperial College London. Alongside his clinical training in medicine/psychiatry, David has been involved in psychopharmacological research, using brain-imaging techniques such as PET and MRI. Initially working at Columbia University in New York, he then undertook a PhD at University Hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Since 2009, under the mentorships of Profs Anne Lingford-Hughes and David Nutt at Imperial College London, he has conducted post-doc imaging research in the neurobiology of addictions and major depression... Read more...

Dr Jo O'Reilly
Dr Jo O'Reilly is a consultant psychiatrist working in an NHS Psychotherapy Service that includes a specialist service for complex trauma. She is also a psychoanalyst and member of the British Psychoanalytic Society... Read more...

Maria Papaspyrou
Maria Papaspyrou is an integrative psychotherapist and systemic constellations facilitator based in Brighton, UK. She has given talks and published articles on the sacramental and healing properties of entheogens, supporting their re-introduction in psychotherapy. She is co-editor of an upcoming book on Feminine Consciousness and Altered States published by Inner Traditions, and is developing T.R.I.P.P. network, a U.K. wide psychedelic psychotherapy integration database... Read more...

Dr Rosalind Watts
Dr Rosalind Watts is the clinical lead of the Imperial College London Psilocybin for Depression study. She trained as a clinical psychologist and practised psychotherapy for 6 years before joining the Imperial team as a therapist 'trip sitter'. Her current work includes developing psychedelic therapy protocols and training therapists.Rosalind co-founded and co-facilitates a monthly 'integration' therapy group for people who are attending ayahuasca ceremonies for therapeutic purposes... Read more...


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded x 2: £200 (SOLD OUT)
Organisationally-funded: £200 (SOLD OUT)
Under 25's: £70 (SOLD OUT)
This event plus the conference Working with High Intensity States of Consciousness: Ego-disintegration or spiritual breakthrough? Sat 15 Dec 2018: £200 (SOLD OUT)

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:10 Tea
17:00 End