Treating trauma with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy


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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, 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
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