…two psychiatric research pioneers open up about the benefits people experience from psychedelic treatments. From mental health conditions to crucial social connections, there’s a dose and approach that can work for you and with your own brain chemistry.
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Phil Wolfson, creator of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, leads patients through psychedelic psychotherapy sessions, guiding them through their past and present in an open, altered state of mind. His invaluable work is the result of an intense, many-decades-long clinical practice. He focuses on new pathways for healing depression, PTSD, addiction and other conditions.
“There’s really no right or wrong with psychedelics,” Dr. Wolfson says. “It’s about how do we integrate our lives and relationship in this very difficult time with people and in our beings, and what practices we bring to this whole thing. So, it’s not just about substances.”
Psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Dr. Julie Holland explains in her book, “Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, From Soul to Psychedelics,” why you need connection, how you’ve lost it, and how you might find it again. She believes psychedelics can help. Taken under the direction of a trained psychiatrist, they can catalyze a connection with the self, nature, or the cosmos.
Dr. Holland’s research—with a focus on the parasympathetic nervous system—dives into how you can “turn on” and “tune in” to the brain chemistry that supports connection. At the same time, you can tamp down the fight or flight mode that derails sleep, metabolism, libido and much more. She’s leading new understanding about how your behaviors are driven by the hormones and neurotransmitters that make up good (and bad) brain chemistry, including testosterone, estrogen, dopamine, serotonin and most crucially, oxytocin.
If you liked this special episode with Phil and Julie, you’ll learn even more from listening to their full podcasts on these topics: