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IPI Online Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training

Get Certified as a Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider (PATP)*

*Optional in-person ketamine Practicum Retreat

*Optional in-person psilocybin Practicum Retreat

Year-Long Program
July 2024 – May 2025

The fifth-wave of psychotherapy has arrived, and there’s no better time than now to get involved with psychedelic therapy. This program will get you trained to get involved with ketamine-assisted therapy right away, and get you prepared for the anticipated approvals of MDMA and Psilocybin in the near future.

Over 1,300 Students Trained

  • 256 hours learning 
  • 90% live virtual learning
  • Research-backed lectures and materials 
  • 30+ faculty members comprised of world-renowned leaders & top-tier experts 
  • Optional in-person ketamine Practicum Retreat
  • Optional in-person psilocybin Practicum Retreat
  • Supportive community of like-minded peers

Take your practice to a new frontier with the incredible power of psychedelic therapy.

Schedule a call to apply!
Limited spaces available. Please apply now to ensure we can accommodate your application.

Our program is the highest-rated psychedelic therapy training program with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 by over 1,300 students.

Collaborations


Oregon is the first state that passed a Psilocybin Services act with plans to deliver services as early as January, 2023. The Oregon Health Authority oversees the implementation of this progressive act. In order to be eligible to become a licensed facilitator in Oregon, the facilitator must graduate from an approved program. IPI has developed a specialized track within our Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training program for Oregon Psilocybin Services that has been approved by the Oregon Health Authority. Qualified Oregon residents who successfully complete the program and enroll in the optional Advanced Certificate in Psilocybin Therapy track will become eligible to apply for licensure as a psilocybin services facilitator.


IPI is proud to be collaborating with The American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners. ASKP3 is a non-profit group of professionals dedicated to the safe clinical use of ketamine for mental health disorders and pain conditions. Members of the ASKP3 board act as partner participants in the IPI training and give regular feedback about the ketamine assisted psychotherapy curriculum.


IPI is proud to be collaborating with Usona Institute. Usona Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical research organization dedicated to supporting and conducting pre-clinical and clinical research to further the understanding of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other consciousness-expanding medicines. Usona researchers act as partner participants in the IPI training and give regular feedback about the psilocybin assisted psychotherapy curriculum.

“The IPI community is so accepting and they really work hard to create a space for us to make connections with each other and also with the leaders.”

Mindy Tockman, MA, Missouri
IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program Participant

Who should join the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training?

This training is designed for therapists, physicians, nurses and other allied mental healthcare professionals who want comprehensive training in psychedelic-assisted therapy, in order to utilize ketamine as a psychedelic medicine and ready themselves for the anticipated approvals of MDMA and psilocybin.

This program is definitely for you if:

You’re curious and don’t know where to start and want to be led by the experts through a step-by-step process of building your competence in psychedelic-assisted therapy
You’re a therapist who wants to learn from some of the most experienced teachers of psychedelic therapy and research from MAPS, Johns Hopkins, Usona, and more
You’re concerned about how to safely and effectively provide psychedelic-assisted therapy
You want to learn how to ethically provide counseling and integration with clients who use psychedelics outside of a medical setting
You’re feeling frustrated because your therapy toolbox doesn’t crack the code fast enough for some of your clients
You want to get certified and learn how to legally get involved with psychedelic-assisted therapy
You want to be one of the first therapists to experience a psilocybin-assisted therapy Practicum Retreat in the U.S.

What Alumni Are Saying About the Program:

The IPI Online Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program is a year-long course, taught by more than 30 experts in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. This program will educate practitioners about the protocols of investigational psychedelic-assisted therapy treatments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. It will also dive into the details of what research and practice have uncovered in the realm of psychedelic sciences, therapeutic processes unique to psychedelic therapy, preparation, dosing, integration, clinic models, and how psychedelics work in combination with other types of therapies.

This 256-hour program was designed from the ground up to be taken online, allowing a busy therapist to take it without traveling.

Participants who attend the in-person psilocybin Practicum Retreat live portion of the training will be eligible to become an IPI Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Practitioner. If you do not choose the psilocybin in-person Practicum Retreat option you may still earn these documents upon the successful completion of program requirements, but you will not be eligible for the certification IPI offers. The scope of this certification DOES NOT include the investigational MDMA assisted-therapy protocol, or anything related to MAPS PBC’s educational content. There are no guarantees about FDA approval of MAPS PBC’s New Drug Application for investigational MDMA-assisted therapy or the specific certification requirements for healthcare providers should approval be granted.

Schedule a call to apply!

Limited spots available

“World-class scholars, profoundly inclusive seminar, lots of new material for me that has rekindled my interest in many areas of therapy in addition to psychedelics. Bravo!”

Randy Buzan, MD
Colorado

Who Can Apply:

You must have an advanced degree in either medicine or mental health in order to apply. If you are an early career mental health or medical professional, we encourage you to apply so we can discuss your situation and evaluate whether this program fits for your level of experience.

Professional Clinical Counselors (LPC)

Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
Clinical Psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC)
Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
Pre-licensed therapists (MA)
Physicians (MD/DO)
Nurse Practitioners (NP)

The hard truth about mental illness

The field of therapy has achieved many important advances over the last few decades. But despite these advances we are unfortunately not making a significant dent in the massive mental health crisis on this planet.

2030

Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide and is predicted by 2030 to be the leading cause of the global burden of disease by the World Health Organization.

90%

90% of people experience trauma in their lifetime, according to a 2013 study. About 8 million people have PTSD in the U.S. in any given year. For our veterans, the PTSD and suicide rates are much higher. It’s hard to accept the statistic reported by the Veterans Administration that 22 veterans die by suicide each day.

1 in 5

adults experience some form of mental illness each year, and of these patients many have symptoms so severe their illness dramatically reduces their quality of life, limiting what they can and cannot do.

Tuition Details

Tuition w/o Practicum Retreats:

$10,000

 

Early Registration PIF Discount w/o Practicum Retreats Available Until February 29th, 2024:

$7,000

 

Add-On: Optional In-Person Psilocybin Practicum Retreat and Certification Fees (does not include travel expenses):

$3,000

 

Add-On: Optional In-Person Ketamine Practicum Retreat Fees (does not include travel expenses): 

$1,500

Schedule a call to apply!

Limited spots available

Long-term payment plan options
may be available on your discovery call

“I was so taken back at how inclusive this program was. As a therapist of color, many trainings and programs include culture as part of the program. This program was different; it did not include culture, it made it the foundation of learning from every aspect. I felt seen, heard, and understood.”

Ektha Aggarwal, LCSW
California

“Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades. First and most important, several studies demonstrate that ketamine reduces depression within six hours, with effects that are equal to or greater than the effects of six weeks of treatment with other antidepressant medications. Second, ketamine’s effects have been noted in people with treatment-resistant depression. This promises a new option for people with some of the most disabling and chronic forms of depression, whether classified as major depressive disorder or bipolar depression. Third, it appears that one of the earliest effects of the drug is a profound reduction in suicidal thoughts.” (October 1, 2014 NIMH Director’s Blog)

Tom Insel MD, former Provost of Harvard University, American neuroscientist and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 until November 2015

The Integrative Psychiatry Institute program is unlike any other psychedelic training offered. Not only will you learn from the world’s leading experts in psychedelic therapy, you also will learn an approach to mental healthcare that is long overdue.

Imagine not only offering clients a breakthrough with psychedelics, but also having an entirely new framework for mental health and the knowledge to properly set up clients for a path forward.

Watch the video to hear from an IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Program participant about what it’s like to learn at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and how we are different.

Join the revolution and apply
to become a psychedelic-assisted therapy provider.

Schedule a call to apply!

Limited spots available

How we are different from other psychedelic therapy trainings

  • Gain proficiency in a new therapy modality online in a year long format
  • Engage with over 30 faculty experts
  • Learn how to get involved in ketamine-assisted therapy now
  • Get prepared for MDMA therapy and Psilocybin therapy
  • 90% live virtual learning with tons of faculty and teaching assistant contact
  • Community forum with faculty involvement for answers to your questions
  • In-person ketamine Practicum Retreat option
  • One of the very first approved training sites in Oregon offering a psilocybin-assisted therapy Practicum Retreat
Schedule a call to apply!

Limited spots available

Featured Lecturers

You will be supported throughout your studies by a faculty of world-renowned leaders in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. The faculty at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute is composed of the top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the research, science and clinical skill sets needed for the use of ketamine, MDMA and psilocybin therapies.

Rosalind Watts

Dr Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist and the founder of ACER Integration. She has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Psychedelics as well as one of the top Top 16 Women Shaping the Future of Psychedelics.As the former clinical lead on the Psilocybin for Depression trial at Imperial College London, Dr Watts developed the ACE model of psychedelic assisted therapy ‘Accept, Connect, Embody’ and led…
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Joe Tafur

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center..
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Anthony P. Bossis

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Center for Psychedelic Medicine conducting FDA-approved clinical research with the psychedelic compound psilocybin since 2009. Dr. Bossis was director of palliative care research and co-principal investigator on the 2016 clinical trial demonstrating a significant reduction in emotional distress…
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Michael Pollan

For more than thirty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. Pollan is the author of eight books, six of which have been New York Times bestsellers; three of them (including his latest, How to Change Your Mind) were immediate #1 New York Times bestsellers…
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Robin Lester Carhart-Harris

Robin Carhart-Harris moved to Imperial College London in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol, focused on the serotonin system, and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University, 2005. Robin has designed human brain imaging studies with LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and DMT, a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression…
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Rick Doblin, PhD

Rick Doblin, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana…
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Gabor Maté, MD

Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness…
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Annie Mithoefer, BSN

Annie Mithoefer, BSN, is a Registered Nurse living in Asheville, NC. She was co-investigator on two of the MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials for individuals with PTSD and a pilot study treating couples combining MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD…
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Michael Mithoefer, MD

Michael Mithoefer, MD, is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC, with a research office in Charleston, SC. In 2000 he began collaborating with MAPS on the first US Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy. He and his wife Annie have since conducted two of the six MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trials testing…
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Allyson Grey, MFA

Allyson Grey is a painter and social sculptor. With an MFA from Tufts University, Grey has long been an art educator, arts organizer and muse to artists worldwide. Since art school in 1975, Allyson has collaborated and shared a studio with the artist, Alex Grey. The Grey’s co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, (CoSM; cosm.org), a spiritual retreat center for artists outside of New York City…
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William Richards, PhD

Bill A. Richards, PhD, a psychologist in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research in Baltimore, has been implementing research studies with psilocybin within the psychiatry department of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 1999. He also is associated with the Program in Psychedelic Therapies and…
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Joan Borysenko, PhD

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international healthcare revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and spirituality in health and healing…
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Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW

Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW (She/They) is trained in KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy) through PRATI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute) and MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies…
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Mary Sanders, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose focus is on addressing trauma in communities of color and marginalized populations. She has worked with Black, Indigenous, (BIPOC), Veterans, immigrants and refugees from Iraq and Syria, foster youth, and LGBTQIA+ community members…
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Anny Ortiz, PhD

Anny Ortiz is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology and the Clinical Therapeutic Lead at Usona Institute. Originally from Sonora, México, over the past 20 years she worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including outdoor behavioral health, long-term residential treatment…
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Alex Grey

Alex Grey’s legendary visionary art has been featured in venues as diverse as the album art of TOOL, SCI, the Beastie Boys and Nirvana, Time and Newsweek magazines, the Discovery Channel, rave flyers and sheets of blotter acid. Exhibited worldwide, Alex’s art has been honored with solo exhibitions at Feature Inc., Tibet House, Stux Gallery, P.S. 1, The NYC Outsider Art Fair, The New Museum in NYC, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil…
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Rohini Kanniganti, MD

Rohini Kanniganti, MD, MSPH, HMDC is a Boulder based Board Certified Family Physician. She has served in hospice and palliative care for over a decade, currently at the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in NC. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and serves at the Integrative Psychiatry Centers..
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Lecturers

 The faculty at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute is composed of the top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the latest breakthroughs in psychiatric care.

Melissa Lavasani, MPP

Melissa Lavasani is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Washington, DC-based Psychedelic Medicine Coalition, a national association committed to advancing the science supporting psychedelic medicine…
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Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado…
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Megan Oxley, MD

Megan Oxley, MD is the founder and medical director of Michigan Progressive Health. A Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Oxley graduated from prestigious Wayne State University in 2009…
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Mary Sanders, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose focus is on addressing trauma in communities of color and marginalized populations. She has worked with Black, Indigenous, (BIPOC), Veterans, immigrants and refugees from Iraq and Syria, foster youth, and LGBTQIA+ community members…
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Amy Emerson, BA

Amy Emerson, BA, is the Chief Executive Officer at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization…
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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, PhD

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, PhD, is a Deputy Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC)…
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Charles Raison, MD

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Madison, WI. He is the co-author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017…
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Joseph McCowan, PsyD

Joseph McCowan, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working in Los Angeles as a co-therapist in the MAPS sponsored phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD…
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Devon Christie, MD

Dr. Devon Christie is a family doctor with a focused practice in chronic pain and mental health. She is certified in Functional Medicine, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Relational Somatic Therapy for trauma resolution…
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Terence Ching, PhD

Terence Ching, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale OCD Research Clinic. Terence received his PhD and Master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to moving to the United States, Terence received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology at the National University of Singapore…
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Brooke Balliett, LMFT

Brooke Balliett, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, CA. Brooke has a passion for treating psychological, spiritual, emotional and relationship challenges through the development of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and recognition of the healing power we each inherently hold inside of us…
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Torsten Passie MD, MA

Torsten Passie MD, MA is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at Hannover Medical School and visiting scientist at the Goethe University Franfurt/Main (Germany). He studied philosophy, sociology (M.A.) at Leibniz-University Hannover and medicine at Hannover Medical School…
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Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD

Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and have been a teacher of transpersonal psychology for over 20 years. He taught counseling related courses at Naropa University since 2015 and previously taught at Saybrook University…
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Margaret Brako, LCSW

Margaret provides psychotherapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy at Sage Integrative Health (Berkeley, CA). Earlier this year, she was part of the team that offered the clinic’s first Ketamine Assisted Therapy training…
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Shannon Carlin, MA, LMFT

Shannon Carlin, MA, LMFT, is the Director and Head of Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)…
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Veronika Gold, MA, LMFT

Veronika Gold is a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center, and a psychotherapist licensed in California and Oregon. Veronika is a lead trainer at Polaris Insight Center Ketamine and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training program..
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Sara Lewis, PhD, LCSW

Sara Lewis, PhD, LCSW, is an Associate Professor and Chair of Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, where she also serves as Faculty Director for Psychedelic Studies…
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Albert Garcia-Romeu, PhD

Albert Garcia-Romeu (Roh-May-Oh), Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research examines the effects of psychedelics in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction…
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Nicholas Spiers

Nicholas Spiers is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. He co-founded Agua de Rayo, a non-profit civil organization based in Mexico’s Sierra Mazateca, which is invested in visual ethnography and community projects and which also has an interest in Mazatec psychoactive plant use….
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Kylea Taylor, MS, LMFT

Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #34901) who has been thinking, writing, and teaching about ethics for almost three decades. She developed InnerEthics®, a self-reflective, selfcompassionate, approach to relational ethics which she is now teaching in psychedelic psychotherapy trainings…
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David B. Yaden, PhD

David B. Yaden, PhD, completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and is now an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focus is on the psychology, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology of spiritual, self-transcendent, and other positively transformative experiences…
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Alan K. Davis, PhD

Dr. Alan Davis is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education in the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. They are an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry at OSU and also on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University….
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Kelley O’Donnell, MD, PhD

Dr. Kelley O’Donnell is a board-certified psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and the Director of Therapist Training at the NYU Langone Center for Psychedelic Medicine. After receiving her medical degree and a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA…
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Andrea Rosati, MD, PhD

Dr. Andrea Rosati is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 2018, she has been a Study Therapist and Study Physician in the Phase 2 and 3 MAPS PBC-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-AT for PTSD at UCSF. She is also an Associate Supervisor and Assistant Educator in the MAPS PBC’s Educational Programs….
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Joanna Simundic, RCSW, RCC

Joanna Simundic is the sole founder, owner and psychotherapist at Embracing Change Therapy, a private psychotherapy practice she started in 2013. She supports individuals in processing traumatic material using a variety of techniques such as: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Mindfulness….
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Chantelle Thomas, PhD

Dr. Chantelle Thomas is a clinical psychologist and Executive Clinical Director of Windrose Recovery-a multi-level residential addiction treatment program offering detoxification, intensive outpatient programming and integrated ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Thomas is also involved in clinical research trials..
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Ido Siemion, PhD

Ido Siemion, PhD., is a MAPS PBC (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) trainer, a Hakomi trainer and co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel. He holds a PhD in East West Psychology and a M.A. in Somatic Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies….
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Phil Lister, MD

Phil Lister identifies as a white cis-gender male in his seventh decade. He was raised in a financially secure upper-middle class family with an abundance of love and a moderate dose of neurotic dysfunction. He has had the good fortune of health and wonderful educational opportunities which led to a medical degree….
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Marc B. Aixalà, MS

Marc B. Aixalà is a Telecommunication Engineer and Psychologist with Master studies in Integrative and Strategic Therapy. He has been trained in the therapeutic use of Non Ordinary States of Consciousness. Also trained in MDMA assisted-psychotherapy for PTSD by MAPS PBC and the use of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression..
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Mendel Kaelen, PhD

Mendel Kaelen is the founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a startup providing music both for and as psychedelic therapy. Prior to this, he worked as a PhD and postdoctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London since 2012, where his research was the first to demonstrate music’s central role in psychedelic therapies…..
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Andrew Bryant, MPH, LICSW

Andrew Bryant, MPH, LICSW is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and co-Director of North Seattle Therapy & Counseling, with a clinical focus on the impact of climate change and ecological crisis on mental health. He also provides Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT), in collaboration with Telos Transformational Therapies….
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Justin Dentry, MS, LPC

Justin Dentry has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Denver Colorado since 2010. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s degree in Counseling from The University of Southern Maine. Justin’s career started out working with at-risk youth…
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Tim Spalla, MA, LPCC

Tim Spalla is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate and owner of Agile Wellness Group, a private therapy practice in Denver, Colorado. Before entering the mental health field, he spent nearly 20 years living and working overseas, first as a US Army Ranger Intelligence Specialist with multiple combat deployments in Iraq….
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Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW

Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University and her Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University. For her doctoral research she conducted a heuristic study on Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence….
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Mary Cosimano, LMSW

Mary Cosimano, LMSW, has been with the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research since 2000 when they began research with psilocybin. She is currently a Psychedelic Session Facilitator and has served as Director of Clinical Services…
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Frederick Barrett, PhD

Frederick Barrett is a cognitive neuroscientist with training in behavioral pharmacology, and the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. Dr. Barrett has been conducting psychedelic research at Johns Hopkins University since 2013…
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“As a trauma psychologist it really was so good at giving all of the important pieces of entering PAT from a scientific, inclusive, and intrapersonal stance. I love how it included the best and most relevant psychological theory all from theorists, researchers, and people leading the work.”

Karmen Thulin, PsyD
Texas

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Aliss Wang, MA, AMFT

Aliss Wang, MA, AMFT, ELI-MA, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and head injury integrations coach in California, with a MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is in clinical practice at Bay Area Gestalt Institute and The Couples Center in San Francisco, and volunteers for Love Your Brain Foundation, UCSF-Benioff…
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Elizabeth Willis RN, MS

Elizabeth Willis RN, MS, PMHNP(c) is a co-founder of the Organization for Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses (OPENurses) and has practiced as an emergency department registered nurse (ED RN) in critical care settings for a decade. Passionate about disaster response and humanitarian work, her nursing path has taken her as far as Bolivia, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, and Zimbabwe…
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Emily McKay, MA, LPC

Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Ketamine Assisted Therapist at Integrative Psychiatry Centers in Boulder. She received her master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University and is certified in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy, and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy…
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Drew Puxty

Drew is a licensed Psychologist who has experience working with individuals from the international community for a wide range of clinical disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction). In addition, his passion for the use of psychedelics for personal growth and transformation have led to contributions within the field of psychedelic research…
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Kosu Boudreau

Kosu Boudreau is a graduate from IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Cohort #1 and currently works as a ketamine assisted therapist in Toronto, Canada. She also completed the MAPS MDMA therapy training…
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Amy Margulies, MS, LPC

Amy is an IPI Certified Psychedelic Assisted Provider, engaged in research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a psychedelic assisted therapist. She has recently retired from her career as a mental health counselor, specializing in substance use concerns. Prior to becoming a therapist…
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Mona Irrmischer

Mona Irrmischer is a Neuropsychologist and received a PhD researching the effects of meditation on the brain at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. She is an integrative body-oriented therapist, psychedelic assisted therapist, breathwork and mindfulness trainer…
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Emily Hackenburg

Emily Hackenburg graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 2006 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her personal experiences with the healing potential of psychedelics have been transformational in her own life and has inspired her to pursue a path into psychedelic medicine. She’s a graduate of the Certificate of Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research at CIIS. In 2021…
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Carsten Fisher

Carsten Fisher is a behavioral psychologist by training, experienced in working with populations diagnosed with an array of mental health challenges, and is a passionate harm reductionist and educator. Carsten has been a student of psychedelic-assisted healing modalities and integration practice…
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Liz Flores Farrell

Liz Flores Farrell (she/her) received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NJ. She trained in Trauma Studies from the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis (MIP), Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Polaris Insight…
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Comer Gaither

Comer Gaither has a doctorate in clinical psychology and works with children (in a school-based setting) in the mornings and with adults in the afternoon. He is trained in Hakomi, a mindful, somatic, psychotherapy, and is a part of the Hakomi South East trading staff. He supervises clinical psychology doctoral students at the University of Virginia…
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Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW (he, they) is a Culture & Identity consultant and trauma therapist with a practice rooted in liberation psychology. Jaime received an MSW from Fordham University and subsequently worked in professional-level foster care, intimate partner violence, youth gender and sexuality education, elementary education curriculum…
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Coreen Herron, RN

Coreen Herron has been an RN for 12 years with a focus on end-of-life care. She attended the first cohort of IPI’s Psychedelic assisted therapy practitioner program and now provides ketamine psychotherapy in private practice. She is currently enrolled in IPI’s integrative psychiatry program…
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Anya Ravitz, LCPC, NCC

Anya (she/they/he) is a queer therapist living in Chicago. She has been providing ketamine-assisted therapy as lead therapist at Field Trip Health’s Chicago clinic since February, 2021. Anya has worked with IPI since July, 2021, helping to support students as they learn about psychedelic assisted therapy…
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Jordan Dobrowski, LCSW

Jordan Dobrowski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider with experience providing psychotherapy to youth and adults in both English and Spanish. She received her Master’s in Social Work with certificates in Trauma-Informed Care and Culturally Responsive Mental Healthcare for Immigrant Families from the University of Chicago in 2018…
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Teaching Assistants

Amanda Ream, LCSW, MSW, MEd

Amanda (she/her/hers) holds a dual-masters degree in Clinical Social Work and Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. Originally from Philadelphia, Amanda now resides in Denver, Colorado and runs a private psychotherapy practice here…
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Jessica Breemen, MSW, SWC

Jessica Breemen, MSW, SWC has focused her energy on social entrepreneurship, micro-to-macro health & wellness, criminal justice and drug policy reform, full spectrum harm/risk reduction, benefit maximization, and integrative medicine-assisted care…
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Michael Donisi

Michael Donisi is currently pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regis University and has a profound interest in the re emerging field of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. With over two years of experience in this domain, Michael also has delved deep into integrative medicine, LGBTQIA+ issues, clinical operations…
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Zane Guilfoyle, LPC, LAC

Raised in the Colorado mountains, Zane wears shorts and Chacos even in the midst of the winter. He enjoys skiing powder, “wander” hiking, “creative” camping and is always up for an adventure. With a master’s in counseling from Naropa University, Zane has a passion for LGBTQ communities and sexual health…
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Susan Frederick, MD

Susan is Board Certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst. She works with individuals, families and couples. She also works with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression…
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Tori Buckley, MA, LPC

Tori (she/her) received a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Louisiana and Colorado. She is a graduate of the first cohort of IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training program…
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Kris Isaacs

Kris Isaacs is a registered licensed therapist and certified addictions specialist in the state of Colorado. He received Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado and is a graduate of IPI’s Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training, Cohort 2…
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Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook, MA, LMFT is a passionate couples and family therapist in Denver. With over 12 years of experience, she continuously strives to support her clients in reaching their potential as they enhance their relationships and connections to the world around them…
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Thad Frye

Thad Frye is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Boulder, CO. He specializes in a somatic modality called Brainspotting. Thad is a certified Brainspotting Consultant who supervises therapists wanting to become certified in the modality. In his private practice he specializes in grief, sports performance and psychedelic integration…
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Amy Koehlinger

Amy Koehlinger is an educator with over 25 years of experience in post-secondary and graduate settings.  She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Oregon.  Amy researches, writes, and teaches about historical intersections of religious experience and structures of power in the United States…
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Arah Gould, MA, LPC

Arah is a mental health therapist, with close to 20 years of experience, working with adults in private practice and drawing from mindfulness, psychodynamic, and somatic approaches. In addition to her private practice, she also has nearly a decade of experience supporting adoptive and foster parents with trauma-informed parenting strategies and resources on child…
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Christine Marie Aitchison

Christine Marie has had the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, helping them unearth their truth, heal deep wounds, and live more meaningful lives. She has a background in working as an RN and has transitioned into owning her own private practice as a Writer & Healing Arts Practitioner (Celtic Shamanism, Reiki, Energy Healing) and is passionate towards…
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Douglas Wingate, DTCM, FMHC, L.Ac

Douglas Wingate, DTCM, FMHC, L.Ac, is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified clinician in hyperbaric oxygen therapeutics specializing in neurological, emotional, and neuro-cognitive conditions as well as acute and chronic pain having worked in private practice and OHSU hospital’s neurology department…
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Jessica L. Corp, LPC

Jessica L. Corp is a relational therapist who, for the last 12 years, has been collaborating with people who experience both symptoms of mental health disorders and symptoms of drug and alcohol use disorders. She has provided individual and group therapy in Residential Treatment Centers and Outpatient treatment…
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Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH

Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH (She, Her) is a Naturopathic Physician who is deeply involved in moving forward the integration of all types of medicine. She received her naturopathic medicine degree at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and her Master of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She is a certified psychedelic-assisted therapy provider…
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Melisssa Landis-Padron

Melissa Landis-Padron has a Masters’s Degree in Education and has been a K-12 teacher for over 20 years. Specializing in behavioral supports, mindfulness, and Sensory Integration program development. She has also been a community events coordinator for the City of Eugene creating connections and networking with community partners to host community music…
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Molly Gage, LCSW

Molly Gage is an LCSW, specializing in hospice and palliative care.   She received PAT-C training in IPI’s third cohort.   She holds an MSW from Portland State University, BA from St. John’s College, Santa Fe and graduated from South Eugene High School.   She lives in rural Oregon with her family….
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Molly Powers, MA, LMT

Molly is an explorer of mind, body, and soul. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree from The California Institute of Integral Studies from the department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. For two incredible years she traversed the realms of the mind and soul and is still integrating all of the profound teachings and experiences…
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Melinda Halpern

Melinda earned her Masters in Counseling from Oregon State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. Her early work as a therapist centered on young children and adolescents, emphasizing Autism Spectrum Disorders and trauma. She has added expanded her work with adults and is a Level 2 EMDR therapist…
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Michele Soleimani, LCSW

Michele Soleimani is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice for 15 years, with a focus on treating complex PTSD. Prior to that she worked in community based mental health, HIV/AIDS education, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for close to 10 years. Originally from New York City…
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Noora Via LMT, CHP

Noora is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner (a mindfulness center somatic  psychotherapy) and has been a Massage Therapist for 18 years specializing in  Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. She has completed extensive  training through the Hakomi Institute, Maui School of Therapeutic Massage…
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Sosh Dresdner

Sosh Dresdner, LCSW (she/her) is a bilingual (English & Spanish) Denver based, telehealth therapist. Her practice incorporates a holistic approach hinging on modalities aimed at supporting processes of mind, body, and spirit. She is trained in EMDR, Somatic Therapies, Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy…
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Sonya Som

Sonya Som, MA, LMFT, LPCC, provides psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, the therapeutic integration of psychedelics, EMDR, and Brainspotting to individuals and couples. She feels passionately about the healing effects of psychedelics and the greater collective’s need for deep healing and growth…
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“I’ve known people, throughout this program, who had very little knowledge [about psychedelics] and by the end of this program they’re implementing new strategies in their practice to help people.”

Lynn Knight, MA, LCMHC, RPT, Tennessee
IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program Participant

Leadership Team

The psychedelic therapy training is led by top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the latest breakthroughs in psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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Will Van Derveer, MD

Co-Founder
Medical Director

Will Van Derveer, MD, Co-Founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and Integrative Psychiatry Centers, conducted MDMA clinical research and provided MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with MAPS for several years. He has been providing and teaching others how to provide ketamine-assisted therapy for several years. In the 2021 publication of the “Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens”…
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Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC

Co-Founder
Clinical Director

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and the Integrative Psychiatry Centers. He has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade. After years of treating highly complex patients, as well as a personal journey of overcoming complex mood-related issues, he turned toward integrative psychiatric practices as a key component to understanding the healing process…
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Jaime Davila, MA, LPC

Director of Psychedelic Trainings

Jaime received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Originally Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in a military family, Jaime has spent time in Europe, Central America, and many states in the US. He brings a unique blend of interpersonal, analytic and technical skills to his healing work and also provides services in Spanish…
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Rohini Kanniganti, MD

Physician Team Lead

Rohini serves at The Denver Hospice and Optio Palliative Health Services. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kanniganti has been practicing in Colorado for over a decade. Dr. Kanniganti graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and received a Master of Science in Public Health and medical degree from the University of North Carolina…
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Sara Gael, MA, LPC

Lead Facilitator

Sara is a psychedelic therapist and educator with expertise in MDMA-Assisted Therapy, ketamine-assisted therapy, psychedelic risk reduction, and psychedelic professional development. She served as the Course Director for the IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training from 2020-2022 and currently serves as Lead Facilitator for the training…
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Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW

Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Home Group Team Leader

Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW (She/They) is trained in KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy) through PRATI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute) and MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. In addition to supporting IPI with building DEI initiatives, Wilhelmina works as PRATI’s KAP Training Scholarship Program Coordinator…Read more

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW (he, they) is a Culture & Identity consultant and trauma therapist with a practice rooted in liberation psychology. Jaime received an MSW from Fordham University and subsequently worked in professional-level foster care, intimate partner violence, youth gender and sexuality education, elementary education curriculum…
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Drew Snyder, MS, LPC

Head of Psilocybin Retreat Practicum

Drew is a professional counselor in private practice in Oregon, specializing in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. He received comprehensive training in this field through IPI in conjunction with MAPS, as well as Bodhi Academy. Drew’s enthusiasm lies in exploring the efficacy of non-ordinary states of consciousness to facilitate healing from trauma, addiction, depression, and mental distress…
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Mailae Halstead, M.S, NCC

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant

Mailae Halstead is a Nationally Certified Counselor currently based out of Tolland, Connecticut. While much of her work is spent treating PTSD and OCD using empirically supported treatments, she is passionate about practicing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy that centers cultural humility and empowerment…
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Jay Thooft

Director of Admissions

Jay serves as the Director of Admissions with IPI overseeing the enrollment for the Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training Program. Jay works with individual students as well as large group practices, hospital systems, and behavioral health clinics to get their clinicians up to speed on Psychedelic Assisted Therapy…
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Victoria Gutiérrez Arribère

Head of Student Experience

Victoria brings a wealth of experience collaborating with healthcare professionals. Her involvement in the field of public health has provided her with valuable insights into mental healthcare and community well-being, strengthening her dedication to roles focused on making a meaningful impact on people’s lives…
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Blakely Saucier

Head of Faculty and Retreats

Blakely Saucier received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis, and spent the first ten years of her career working as a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Program Manager, and Artistic Director for both professional and youth theatre companies. Equipped with a passion for plant medicine, community engagement…
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Samantha Yanas

Head of Product and Programs

Samantha is passionate about technology, streamlined efficiencies, and proactive workflows. With over 7 year experience in customer service, people operations, and technology, Sam is passionate about making a difference….
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Earn Continuing Education Credits (CE)

We were approved for 33 CE credits for the prior cohort and we are anticipating approval for this cohort as well.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by CME Outfitters, LLC and Integrative Psychiatry Institute, LLC. CME Outfitters, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

What You’ll Get

The IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training has been designed to take advantage of recent advances in online education, with 256 hours of learning, allowing participants to get involved with psychedelic therapy and to sharpen your skills and get certified if you are already practicing.

Every session is recorded in your online library, and readily available, in case your schedule does not permit you to attend a certain session online. In addition, you will have access to your online library for an entire year after the program ends

Online Prerequisite Modules

This 20 hour series, available to you before the start of the actual program, is designed to introduce the basics so you can get started learning today.

Virtual Intensive I
12 Hours

Our training begins with the Live Virtual Intensive consisting of 12 hours of highly-engaging talks by expert faculty where you will learn the fundamentals of psychedelic-assisted therapy while building community.

Online Lectures
37 Hours

10 months of weekly 60 minute online lectures and panel discussions to help you become an expert in psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Large Group Seminars
38 Hours

10 Months of bi-weekly 120 minute online groups in breakout rooms where you will practice and discuss different techniques of psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Home Group Sessions
18 hours

Two zoom calls per month in your small group assignments discussing cases, homework and other relevant topics.

Community Forum

Community discussion and interaction with teaching assistants and faculty will occur through an innovative private online portal throughout the program, to ensure you have the support to maximize your learning experience

Virtual Intensive II
12 Hours

Our training wraps up with Live Virtual Intensive, with advanced topics and innovative specialized methods to ensure participants are confident in their new knowledge, and have the expertise to apply it correctly in their practices.

In-person Ketamine Practicum Retreat (Optional)

Attend a 3-day intensive in Boulder, Colorado with your training cohort where you will have the opportunity to practice ketamine-assisted therapy with participants on ketamine. You will also have the opportunity to experience receiving a ketamine-assisted therapy session as a training method.

In-person Psilocybin Practicum Retreat (Optional) 

Attend a 4-day, hands-on psilocybin experience in Eugene, Oregon, designed to deepen your understanding of classical psychedelics and explore emergent group dosing formats. Within a 12-person group, you’ll alternate between the roles of guide and participant, offering an enriching opportunity for learning and self-discovery. Physical attendance is necessary to meet the “Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Provider” certification exam criteria; however, undertaking a psilocybin therapy session at this training is optional. Please note, Oregon psilocybin services are not medical or mental health treatments, therefore different qualification processes apply.

“This training has been well organized, professional and so very inspiring! It brings together all of the elements that are at times siloed in medicine, mental health and spirituality. Highly recommend!”

Amy Schimmel, LCSW
Arizona

Curriculum Details

In order to create a program that leads to a certification, the program focuses on five modules to gain expertise as a psychedelic-therapy provider.

Research and Science

  • Explore the current psychotherapy research protocols
  • Grasp the chemistry and pharmacology
  • Learn about proposed mechanisms of action
  • Get up to date on MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ketamine research
  • Find out about the history of psychedelic research
  • Understanding dosing protocols
  • Medical safety issues to know about
  • Regulatory Compliance topics

Therapeutic Process

  • Use techniques specific to psychedelic therapy
  • How to work with the Inner Healing Intelligence
  • Applying attachment theory in therapeutic process
  • Implementing somatic therapy techniques, parts work, & IFS
  • How to be with non-ordinary states of consciousness
  • Understanding Trauma Neuroscience
  • Providing adequate preparation and integration
  • Essentials of the Set and Setting
  • Navigating the safe uses of therapeutic touch

Integrative Treatment Planning

  • How to achieve values-based behavior change
  • Addressing an expanded spectrum of root causes
  • What to know about medications and supplements
  • How to maintain progress with lifestyle changes
  • Mind-body practices to support integration
  • Basic nutritional recommendations for optimal mental health

Professional Development

  • Psychedelics inside an integrative model of mental health
  • Essentials of harm reduction
  • Ethics in psychedelic assisted therapy
  • Providing culturally competent care 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in psychedelic medicine
  • Addressing access to care issues
  • Professional Liability
  • Policy, Advocacy, and Collaboration
  • Learn about clinic models and individual psychotherapy
    practice settings

Intrapersonal Development

  • Therapist Self-Regulation
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Protecting boundaries in psychedelic sessions
  • Practicing therapist self-care
  • Exploring breathwork
  • Embracing ongoing personal growth work
  • Understanding the importance of mystical & spiritual
    experiences
  • Using meditation & mindfulness for self exploration
  • Developing therapist self-growth practices
Schedule a call to apply!

Limited spots available

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At IPI we take the position that different perspectives and backgrounds are necessary for a vibrant community to thrive. In the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy, there are not enough providers who identify as members of groups who have been oppressed or marginalized. Particularly poignant is the reality that therapists who do not identify as members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities struggle with providing care that is both culturally competent and sensitive to the unique challenges of oppression and marginalization. We are committed to a diverse faculty, equity among the learners and education that creates cultural competency.

Scholarships

BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ Scholarships

Our Diversity Outreach Program is on a mission to increase diversity among the psychedelic therapy community, and to support inclusion to those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+). In support of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we will be awarding scholarships at a 50% discount to qualified applicants. Candidates who demonstrate financial need will be prioritized. Please sign up for a call and you will receive instructions afterward. Scholarship application deadline is February 29th, 2024.

Veteran Discounts

We are committed to support military veterans to gain access to training in psychedelic-assisted therapy. If this is you, please ask about our 30% discount for veterans on your discovery call.

Need-Based Scholarships

In an effort to include students experiencing financial barriers, we will be awarding scholarships at a 50% discount to qualified applicants. Please sign up for a call and you will receive instructions to apply for the scholarship. Scholarship application deadline is February 29th, 2024.

In-person Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Practicum Retreat in Boulder, Colorado

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Dates: TBD

A unique feature of this program is the opportunity to gather in person with a group of fellow learners for a 3-day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Practicum Retreat in Boulder, CO. Experiential learning is considered by many psychedelic therapy pioneers to be essential to gaining proficiency in psychedelic therapy. Retreat with colleagues to learn about psychedelic therapy is also a great opportunity to build community.

During this Practicum Retreat, you will provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and will also be given the option to participate as a client. Participating as a client is not required to attend the retreat.

Rated a 4.8 Out of 5 by Over 1,000 Participants

In-person Psilocybin Practicum Retreat in Eugene, Oregon

Tuesday-Friday
Dates: TBD

We are excited to offer this incredible, hands-on psilocybin facilitation training experience, designed to deepen your understanding of classical psychedelics and explore emergent group dosing formats. In group administration format, you’ll have the opportunity to observe and facilitate psilocybin services. Attending as a student practicing is necessary to meet the “Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Provider” certification criteria; however, undertaking a psilocybin therapy session is completely optional and is facilitated by our founders’ other companies, Evolve Therapeutics and Conscious Encounters. Please note, Oregon psilocybin services are not medical or mental health treatments, therefore different qualification processes apply. Most people do qualify for psilocybin services based on Oregon rules as psilocybin generally speaking is very safe.

Advanced Certificate in Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Track
Students Applying For Oregon Psilocybin Services Facilitator Licenses

We have developed a specialized track within our Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training for Oregon Psilocybin Services that has been approved by the Oregon Health Authority. 

This advanced track includes our base program of 256 hours, the Oregon Psilocybin Practicum, plus the completion of two additional practicum days in Oregon.

Qualified Oregon residents who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy track will have met training requirements to become eligible to apply for a facilitator license in Oregon.

How Can I Use This Psychedelic Training?

A Message From the Co-founder:

The IPI certification is designed for qualified professionals who already have a significant foundation of relevant training and experience providing mental healthcare. Certification and certificates of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the program and demonstrating core competencies.

The only psychedelic medicine currently available to provide in a medical setting in the United States is ketamine. In this program you will learn about how to get involved, ethically and safely, with ketamine-assisted therapy. MDMA- and psilocybin-assisted therapy are currently in phase 3 FDA trials, and [for now] remain on US DEA schedule 1, making them illegal to use outside an approved research setting. However, we could see FDA approval as early as 2024. As a training institute, we support following the outcomes of validated research, and, upholding the laws of the country in which you reside.

Tuition Details

Tuition w/o Practicum Retreats:

$10,000

 

Early Registration PIF Discount w/o Practicum Retreats Available Until February 29th, 2024:

$7,000

 

Add-On: Optional In-Person Psilocybin Practicum Retreat and Certification Fees (does not include travel expenses):

$3,000

 

Add-On: Optional In-Person Ketamine Practicum Retreat Fees (does not include travel expenses): 

$1,500

Schedule a call to apply!

Limited spots available

Long-term payment plan options
may be available on your discovery call

Our Guarantee

Our commitment to furthering your education

The knowledge, experience, and confidence you will gain from attending the IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training is unparalleled.

No other program provides a learning experience like this, from the quality of training to the world-class faculty ready for your every question.

The IPI Psychedelic Therapy Training is a year-long online course that will not only help you feel confident providing ketamine, but will also bring your knowledge base up to date on the latest evidence.

Make an investment in yourself and your education. Take your practice to a new level of patient care.

And if you’re not happy with the program, you can get a full refund within the first 30 days after the date that you pay and register. Simply reach out to our team, let us know what we could have done better, and your refund will be on its way.

Have more questions? [email protected]

What Others Are Saying About The Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the online lectures?

Our online lectures will be scheduled in a regular time-slot during business hours so you can plan your schedule accordingly. However, if you cannot attend any of these lectures you will always have access to recordings of them in your online library.

What type of mentorship will I receive?

There will be time during the large group seminars for feedback from teaching assistants, as well as during the live experience if you attend. In addition there is time for Q+A during every live lecture, as well as a community forum. You will also be assigned to a small group mentorship video call that meets for an hour twice a month with rotating faculty, where you can review case studies and ask further questions. The mentorship calls will also be added to your online library.

How long can I access my course materials?

Your course materials will be available for a full year following the completion of the program.

Will I be automatically certified at the completion of the program?

Currently, no national board certification exists for psychedelic-assisted therapy. If you choose to partake in the optional live retreat, you will become eligible for certification and will be awarded it upon successful completion of the program and demonstrating core competencies. If you choose not to participate, you will still receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the program and demonstrating core competencies.

Do I have to attend the two live intensives?

You are expected to attend both online conferences. We will be doing important group exercises, in addition to other community building activities. Please contact us with any extenuating circumstances.

When will I get access to the prerequisite materials?

Immediately! As soon as you register, you will have received an account on the IPI website. The prerequisite material will be uploaded over the course of March.

What format are the recordings in?

Recordings are video, audio and transcripts. Generally, a slide deck is also used by the presenter.

Disclosure:

 

It is important to note that, at the time of this disclosure, psilocybin has not yet obtained FDA approval for any specific medical application. The draft guidance from the FDA reflects the evolving landscape of research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelic substances, but definitive approval is pending. Individuals should stay informed about the latest developments, regulatory changes, and research findings regarding the use of psilocybin for medical purposes.

This disclosure is intended to provide transparency about the current status of psilocybin, recognizing both the existing knowledge as of January 2024 and the ongoing developments in regulatory considerations for psychedelic therapies as of January 2024.

Sara Reed, MS, LMFT

Sara Reed is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and CEO of Mind’s iHealth Solutions, a digital health company that provides evidence based and culturally responsible mental health services for underserved groups. As a mental health futurist and clinical researcher, Sara examines the ways culture informs the way we diagnose and treat mental illness. Sara’s prior research work includes participation as a study therapist in psychedelic therapy research at Yale University and the University of Connecticut’s Health Center. Sara was the first Black therapist to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in a clinical trial and continues to engage in ongoing advocacy work around health equity in psychedelic medicine.

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Nicole Lewis, ND

Dr. Nicole Lewis is a licensed and registered naturopathic doctor dedicated to the pursuit of natural solutions aimed at treating the underlying causes of disease. She helps patients achieve a healthy mind and body by supporting natural healing systems. Using tools from both alternative and conventional medicine, she works with each patient to develop individualized care. She specializes in both women's medicine and mental health.

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Blakely Saucier

Blakely Saucier received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis, and spent the first ten years of her career working as a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Program Manager, and Artistic Director for both professional and youth theatre companies. Equipped with a passion for plant medicine, community engagement, and creative collaboration, she is excited to redefine her focus toward supporting global holistic wellness.

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Annelie Smith, RD (SA)

Obtained BSc Dietetics in 1990 and. BSc Med Hons Clin (UCT) in 1992. Annelie has been in Private practice as a dietician since 1994. She has worked in many different areas including Nutrition for Intensive Care Units, Endocrinology, Oncology and Renal care. She has spent many hours working with athletes, in addiction treatment units and as a consultant in Corporate health. She is currently completing her training with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) (USA) and is incorporating this type of treatment in conjunction with Nutrigenomics which she has used as a tool in Clinical Practice for many years. Having completed the Manuka Training course in Translational Genomics and interpreting hundreds of nutrigenomic reports she is now head of Clinical Nutrition and Mentorship in Nutrigenomics at 3X4 Genetics.

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Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the Executive Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as pioneering the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders. She has authored over 300 scientific papers and chapters, including five published books on the treatment of PTSD. She has edited three other books on anxiety.

Dr. Rothbaum received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a former President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and received the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from ISTSS. Currently, Dr. Rothbaum is on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), and McLean Hospital, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Warrior Care Network. She is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology). In 2010, Dr. Rothbaum, along with her collaborating team, was honored by Division 56 with the “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology.” She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD.

Dr. Rothbaum’s outreach efforts include training community clinicians in evidence-based treatment for PTSD. The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program is a member of the Warrior Care Network, funded by the Wounded Warrior Project, and is able to provide world class treatment to post 9/11 Veterans from around the country at no cost to the Veteran.

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Kamini Desai PhD

Kamini Desai PhD is the Director of I AM Education, former Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute, author and curriculum developer of the I AM Yoga 200hr, 300hr, 500hr teacher certification programs as well as 800hr Yoga Therapy certification. For the last 30 years Kamini has taught worldwide and is known for her unique contribution combining eastern wisdom with western science. She is the daughter of one of the first yoga masters to pioneer the physical practice of yoga in the west. Kamini’s corporate clients have included Bahamas Princess Resorts, Kellogg’s, KEDS, Sony, Mars Confectionary and more.

Nicholas Spiers

Nicholas Spiers is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. He co-founded Agua de Rayo, a non-profit civil organization based in Mexico’s Sierra Mazateca, which is invested in visual ethnography and community projects and which also has an interest in Mazatec psychoactive plant use. He has a Master’s degree in visual anthropology from the University of Barcelona and is interested in the sensory experience of audiovisual mediums. He has recently created an award-winning series about the psychoactive plant Salvia divinorum. He is Chacruna’s web video producer, whereby he creates content collating different perspectives and discussions from Chacruna conferences through compact and compelling video formats. He is also co-director with Bia Labate of the documentary web series The Peyote Files.

Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT

Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #34901) who has been thinking, writing, and teaching about ethics for almost three decades. She developed InnerEthics®, a self-reflective, selfcompassionate, approach to relational ethics which she is now teaching in psychedelic psychotherapy trainings. Kylea started studying with Stanislav Grof, M.D. and Christina Grof in 1984 and was certified by them as a Holotropic Breathwork® practitioner in 1990. She worked with Stanislav Grof as a Senior Trainer in the Grof Transpersonal Training throughout the 1990s and worked for nine years in a residential substance abuse recovery program where she managed a women’s program and facilitated Holotropic Breathwork®. She is the author of The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients, The Breathwork Experience, Considering Holotropic Breathwork®, and is the editor of Exploring Holotropic Breathwork®. InnerEthics.com

Selene Kumin Vega, PhD

Selene Kumin Vega, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #32604), workshop leader, and dancer as well as core faculty in Saybrook University‘s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Selene’s work with movement and other experiential modalities has evolved over many years of teaching and developing approaches to facilitating self-exploration, connection, and transformation in workshops and courses. At Saybrook University, Selene teaches courses, mentors students, and works with dissertation students in the Mind-Body Medicine graduate program. She has been working for over 20 years with Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., assisting him in teaching Creative Mind Coaching. With Anodea Judith, she cowrote The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body and Spirit Through the Chakras. Selene has completed the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training. https://spiritmoving.com/

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW (he, they) is a Culture & Identity consultant and trauma therapist with a practice rooted in liberation psychology. Jaime received an MSW from Fordham University and subsequently worked in professional-level foster care, intimate partner violence, youth gender and sexuality education, elementary education curriculum development and student accessibility initiatives. Jaime is a trained MDMA-assisted therapist, National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) facilitator, and certified Waldorf educator. Their private practice, Sodade Revival, is based in Chicago, IL.

Shelby Shaw

Shelby has worked as a researcher, educator, and leader in the fields of higher education, community education, and K-12 education for the past fifteen years. Shelby has a diverse background in the field of education: specializing in transformative pedagogy with underserved populations and having taught in a variety of arenas, including public schools, community organizations, community colleges, universities, and prisons.

Shelby has earned a PhD in Education from University of Rhode Island, MBA from University of Massachusetts, and BA from Providence College. Shelby recently made a career change and earned an RN. She is currently completing a Nurse Practitioner credential from the UMass Medical School as well.

Shelby lives outside Boston with her husband, Wega; four-year-old daughter, Stevie; new baby on the way; two rescue pups; cat; and a flock of chickens and waterfowl. When she’s not working, Shelby enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW

Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW (She/They) is trained in KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy) through PRATI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute) and MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. In addition to supporting IPI with building DEI initiatives, Wilhelmina works as PRATI's KAP Training Scholarship Program Coordinator and Co-Faculty for the KAP Training program.

She is deeply committed to diversifying the psychedelic space and uplifting the voices, talents and work of the BIPOC community. Wilhelmina has conducted research and published in the areas of global human trafficking and trauma informed case management and teaches Masters level courses in Psychology, Human Behavior and Social Innovation. Wilhelmina provides a safe space for people to explore the root of their pain, the situations that perpetuate their challenges and solutions that will help them achieve their ultimate goals. 

Wilhelmina is currently practicing KAP with individuals and groups and offering low-cost/ donation based KAP for historically marginalized peoples. She specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma and life transitions. She has significant experience in working with womxn, the LGBTQI+  community and poly/non-monogamous people.

Kelly Thooft

Kelly Thooft serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) and the Integrative Psychiatry Centers (IPC). She brings a broad expertise in supporting businesses from startups to large global enterprises undergoing accelerated growth, transformation, and change. Prior to joining IPI and IPC, Kelly partnered with business leaders across various industries, helping companies to streamline operations, optimize financials, and ultimately position companies to scale.

Kelly holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland, Collage Park, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from George Mason University. She also completed the Venture Capital Executive Education Program at University of California, Berkeley.

Through her own personal journey, Kelly has experienced first hand the power of integrative approaches to medicine, mental health, and overall wellness. She is also passionate about leadership – she believes where you work can provide a transformational container for personal growth, purpose and meaning. She is a strong advocate for remote-first culture, and changing the “norms” of the business world to allow employees to love their job and love their life. She resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Tonya Dove

Tonya brings 20 years of experience in human resources, talent acquisition, social services, marketing, and community development. She specializes in building teams and processes for start-ups and companies in hyper-growth around the country. She leads through her passion for technology, employee experience, and mental health.

Mackenzie Ray

Mackenzie Ray is the Operations Manager for Integrative Psychiatry Institute. She is driven by her passion for people, community and team. With over fifteen years' experience in operations, people and talent, she’s dedicated to being a vital part of growing a company from the start to large scale productions. She is most comfortable wearing many hats and dedicated to finding innovative solutions. Mackenzie was first drawn to IPI by their commitment to revolutionizing mental healthcare.

Denise Rivers-Nickelberry

Denise Rivers-Nickelberry serves as the Director of Marketing for IPI. She holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and is currently finishing up her Master's in Management & Leadership. As both a creative and analytical thinker, she enjoys creating and implementing marketing strategies that build brand awareness. She has a true passion for the work that she does in marketing and an even bigger passion for helping to revolutionize mental health care. When she's not working, Denise enjoys vlogging, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughters.

Jay Thooft

Jay serves at the Director of Admissions with IPI overseeing the enrollment for the Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training Program. Jay works with individual students as well as large group practices, hospital systems, and behavioral health clinics to get their clinicians up to speed on Psychedelic Assisted Therapy.

Jay holds a Masters of Arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. He was in practice for 7 years working with athletes from the Olympic level to Youth Sport fostering mental health in the stressful and dynamic environments that sport creates.

Jay is excited about the promise of psychedelics in mental health and enjoys learning about each and every student to make sure that our program will help them accomplish their goals.

Jay resides in Huntsville, AL with his wife and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Jordan Dobrowski, LCSW

Jordan Dobrowski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider with experience providing psychotherapy to youth and adults in both English and Spanish. She received her Master’s in Social Work with certificates in Trauma-Informed Care and Culturally Responsive Mental Healthcare for Immigrant Families from the University of Chicago in 2018. She currently teaches with Naropa University and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in their psychedelic clinical training programs. She is the founder of Willow & Leaf Counseling, and the executive director for Kaleidoscope Psychedelics — an organization working to improve psychedelic therapy access for BIPOC, queer, and neurodivergent folks in land of the Peoria, Potawatomi, Myaamia, Kaskaskia, and Kickapoo -- known commonly today as Chicago, IL.

Anya Ravitz, LCPC, NCC

Anya (she/they/he) is a queer therapist living in Chicago. She has been providing ketamine-assisted therapy as lead therapist at Field Trip Health’s Chicago clinic since February, 2021. Anya has worked with IPI since July, 2021, helping to support students as they learn about psychedelic assisted therapy. He believes clients hold wisdom about their own experiences, which drives their current needs and goals. As a therapist, Anya acts as a facilitator to help clients uncover and enhance their existing strengths. His clinical interests are in psychedelics, trauma, neurodivergence, and queer issues. In their non-work life, they are a long-distance runner (marathons and above) and enjoy spending down-time with their cats Tabitha and Bob.

Susan Frederick, MD

Susan is Board Certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst. She works with individuals, families and couples. She also works with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, bipolar mood disorder, anxiety, life transition issues, divorce, grief, ADD/ADHD, and behavior issues.

Zane Guilfoyle, LPC, LAC, ACS, MAC

Raised in the Colorado mountains, Zane wears shorts and Chacos even in the midst of the winter. He enjoys skiing powder, “wander” hiking, “creative” camping and is always up for an adventure. With a master’s in counseling from Naropa University, Zane has a passion for LGBTQ communities and sexual health. He believes that psychedelic assisted therapy is a perfect avenue to help create change in the world.

Katie Markley, MA, LPC, LAC

Katie Markley is a transpersonal therapist with over 11 years of experience working with adults in private practice. She is trained in somatic trauma work as well as art therapy from Naropa University. Passionate about altered states medicine work, Katie has witnessed their capacity to facilitate deep healing. She draws experience from her work as a Ketamine Assisted Therapist and member of the Native American Church. She is trained by MAPS in the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, she has worked with Medicinal Mindfulness as both a participant and assistant in their Psychedelic Sitters School, giving her much practice blending psychotherapy with altered states.

As a trauma specialist Katie utilizes tools like EMDR, neuroscience and somatic psychotherapy as practical techniques for supporting wholeness in others through nervous system integration and trauma healing.

Naropa University, Transpersonal Psychology
Certified in MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy
Psychedelic Sitters School, Medicinal Mindfulness
EMDR Trained

Shannon Korn

Shannon brings a wealth of experience to her role as Office Manager at IPC. With almost twenty years of experience in personal development, social work, youth care, foster care, healing arts, and office administration, she is passionate about quality mental health services and the journey toward wellness. As a previously-licensed massage therapist and massage school instructor, Shannon deeply understands the need for trauma-informed care. Shannon holds each person’s story with profound empathy and personally understands the diverse needs of someone on a healing path.

Drew Puxty

Drew is a licensed Psychologist who has experience working with individuals from the international community for a wide range of clinical disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction). In addition, his passion for the use of psychedelics for personal growth and transformation have led to contributions within the field of psychedelic research, as well being a graduate ‘psychedelic-assisted therapy provider ’(Integrative Psychiatry Institute). Drew stays disciplined through the practice of boxing, which has taught him a great deal on cultivating his connection with mind and body.

Kosu Boudreau

Kosu Boudreau is a graduate from IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Cohort #1 and currently works as a ketamine assisted therapist in Toronto, Canada. She also completed the MAPS MDMA therapy training.

Kosu worked in healthcare as a psycho-spiritual therapist and clinical educator for over 15 years before entering private practice. She integrates somatic, experiential, psychodynamic and parts work in her therapy style. Her down-to-earth approach is engaging, authentic and trauma-informed.

A self-professed learning nerd, Kosu is currently studying somatic attachment therapy and psychedelic somatic integration.

Amy Margulies, MS, LPC

Amy is an IPI Certified Psychedelic Assisted Provider, engaged in research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a psychedelic assisted therapist. She has recently retired from her career as a mental health counselor, specializing in substance use concerns. Prior to becoming a therapist, Amy was a Chinese language teacher (briefly) in college and high school. She loves to travel, camp, listen to music, hang out with friends and family and explore realms of consciousness.

Mona Irrmischer

Mona Irrmischer is a Neuropsychologist and received a PhD researching the effects of meditation on the brain at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. She is an integrative body-oriented therapist, psychedelic assisted therapist, breathwork and mindfulness trainer.

Emily Hackenburg

Emily Hackenburg graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 2006 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her personal experiences with the healing potential of psychedelics have been transformational in her own life and has inspired her to pursue a path into psychedelic medicine. She's a graduate of the Certificate of Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research at CIIS. In 2021, she completed the Ketamine Medical Provider Training with The Integrative Psychiatry Institute.
Emily is passionate about the power of group work and is committed to creating models of care that increase access, equity, inclusion and cultivate community and connection. She is currently the lead medical provider at Field Trip Health & Wellness, utilizing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy within a trauma-informed, psychedelic model.

Carsten Fisher

Carsten Fisher is a behavioral psychologist by training, experienced in working with populations diagnosed with an array of mental health challenges, and is a passionate harm reductionist and educator. Carsten has been a student of psychedelic-assisted healing modalities and integration practices, and his passion is grounded in service of Black & non-Black persons of color, and LGBTQIA+ communities - prioritizing accessibility & equity, community-centered harm reduction, and critical analyses of oppressive systemic frameworks. He aims to weave together common themes across disciplines of harm reduction, mindfulness, and applied behavioral analysis. In his personal life, Carsten likes to rock climb, play tennis, write poetry, and spend time with friends and family.

Liz Flores Farrell

Liz Flores Farrell (she/her) received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NJ. She trained in Trauma Studies from the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis (MIP), Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Polaris Insight, Psychedelic Therapy with CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapy and Research program, and MDMA Therapy with MAPS. Liz has a relational and Somatic approach to trauma resolution and Psychospiritual integration. Liz is passionate about activating healing in First-Gen Latinx folks and is excited about mentoring others in Psychedelic Therapies. Liz is also a certified yoga instructor and tarot reader. Devotional and ritual practices are the heart of Liz's work.

Comer Gaither

Comer Gaither has a doctorate in clinical psychology and works with children (in a school-based setting) in the mornings and with adults in the afternoon. He is trained in Hakomi, a mindful, somatic, psychotherapy, and is a part of the Hakomi South East trading staff. He supervises clinical psychology doctoral students at the University of Virginia, supports clients receiving ketamine, and facilities psychedelic integration. His previous work in the field of literature investigated identity formation at the intersection of narrative, myth, and landscape. Comer is a graduate of IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program (3rd cohort).

Kris Isaacs

Kris Isaacs is a registered licensed therapist and certified addictions specialist in the state of Colorado. He received Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado and is a graduate of IPI’s Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training, Cohort 2. Kris is in private practice with a focus on supporting his clients in addressing anxiety, depression, life transitions, integration work and substance use/abuse/addiction. He holds an emphasis on the client-therapist relationship and in one's own innate desire to heal. He utilizes modalities such as Internal Family Systems, somatic therapies and mindfulness techniques while welcoming all that arises in the therapy setting.

Kris is a spiritual seeker who thrives in the outdoors. He loves to be on trails, rivers banks with a fly rod and sleeping under the stars. He is a partner to his amazing wife and the father of two incredible humans...and a dog dad!

Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook, MA, LMFT is a passionate couples and family therapist in Denver. With over 12 years of experience, she continuously strives to support her clients in reaching their potential as they enhance their relationships and connections to the world around them.

Jessica earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed her Master’s in Clinical Counseling- Couples and Family Therapy, from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose experience includes extensive work with children, individuals, and couples and families. She is a trained Gottman Level One therapist as well as an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT). She is also Trained in and utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for a deeper dive into trauma and healing. She is certified in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy through Integrative Psychiatry Institute.

Jessica specializes in working with anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, PTSD and trauma, psychedelic integration, parenting both in intact and divorced/separated families, couples and family counseling, and working with First Responders.

Thad Frye

Thad Frye is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Boulder, CO. He specializes in a somatic modality called Brainspotting. Thad is a certified Brainspotting Consultant who supervises therapists wanting to become certified in the modality. In his private practice he specializes in grief, sports performance and psychedelic integration. Thad is also the Director of Communications and Outreach for the non-profit organization the Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute. Thad recently finished his coursework with IPI to become a Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider and is utilizing what he learned from this experience and combined it with Brainspotting to give talks on "Exploration, Intention and Integration: Psychedelics and Brainspotting."

Shosh Dresdner

Shosh Dresdner, LCSW (she/her) is a bilingual (English & Spanish) Denver based, telehealth therapist. Her practice incorporates a holistic approach hinging on modalities aimed at supporting processes of mind, body, and spirit. She is trained in EMDR, Somatic Therapies, Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, Past Life Regression, and places special emphasis on gut health and its implications as it pertains to overall mental health, as well as the field of psychedelics.

Sonya Som

Sonya Som, MA, LMFT, LPCC, provides psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, the therapeutic integration of psychedelics, EMDR, and Brainspotting to individuals and couples. She feels passionately about the healing effects of psychedelics and the greater collective's need for deep healing and growth.

Meghan Van Vleet, ND
Megan is a naturopathic doctor who has been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 15 years. She works with people of all ages, genders and identities. She has an open, general naturopathic practice and works with women, men and children. Dr. Van Vleet practices with an understanding that the way we live has the greatest potential to prevent disease and afford health.

She has experience treating a variety of health conditions including: anxiety, depression, digestive issues including SIBO, constipation, food sensitivities, reflux, fatigue, insomnia, post-concussive syndrome, allergies, mold toxicity, complex neurological disorders, blood sugar balances, hormonal imbalances including endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, skin conditions, autoimmune disease, women’s wellness and fertility, peri-natal and postpartum wellness. She has advanced training in mental health, cognitive decline, perinatal and postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as ADD, ADHD, spectrum disorders and children’s health.
Dr. Van Vleet received a doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2007 from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has advanced training in peri-natal mood disorders and has worked with the Postpartum Wellness Center since 2017. She has studied with the Walsh Research Institute, CCMI (Complete Concussion Management), the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, Dr. Dale Bredesen, Dr. James Greenblatt on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is currently completing a functional psychiatry fellowship and an ADHD intensive.

David A. Ryan, LCSW

David Ryan is a Jungian-informed, integrative Gestalt therapist with nearly 20 years of experience in individual and group psychotherapy and over 30 years in the helping profession.  

He is passionate about the integration process of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and what this medicine can do for healing individual and collective trauma with an emphasis on the potential for spiritual evolution.  David is co-founder and co-CEO of Connections First and Connections Informed Care, a psychotherapy group and training institute, respectively, in Portland, OR.  

His love for learning and teaching in dynamic settings is coupled with a mission to positively contribute to the development of healthy communities.

Amy Koehlinger, MA, PhD

Amy Koehlinger is an educator with over 25 years of experience in post-secondary and graduate settings.  She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Oregon.  Amy researches, writes, and teaches about historical intersections of religious experience and structures of power in the United States. She became interested in the therapeutic use of psilocybin through teaching about the neurological and pharmacological elements of religion in her classes. Amy was a member of the first graduating class of trained psilocybin facilitators under Oregon Measure 109, through Inner Trek. In the 1990s, before entering academia, Amy worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and retains a commitment to compassionate and empowered approaches to end-of-life, including the therapeutic use of psilocybin as part of hospice care.

Arah Gould, MA, LPC 

Arah is a mental health therapist, with close to 20 years of experience, working with adults in private practice and drawing from mindfulness, psychodynamic, and somatic approaches. In addition to her private practice, she also has nearly a decade of experience supporting adoptive and foster parents with trauma-informed parenting strategies and resources on child development and therapeutic parenting approaches for an Oregon non-profit. Arah is a long-time student of secular Buddhism and co-teaches continuing education mindfulness and ethics courses to therapists. Arah was honored to be part of the inaugural graduating class of InnerTrek, the very first psilocybin facilitation training program in the country. She is a soon-to-be licensed psilocybin facilitator, with a passion for supporting people in doing deep healing work and recovering more joy and wonder in their lives.

Drew Snyder, MS, LPC

Drew is a professional counselor in private practice in Oregon, specializing in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. He received comprehensive training in this field through IPI in conjunction with MAPS, as well as Bodhi Academy. Drew's enthusiasm lies in exploring the efficacy of non-ordinary states of consciousness to facilitate healing from trauma, addiction, depression, and mental distress. In his private counseling practice, he draws primarily from existential meaning-centered therapy to support holistic healing, focusing especially on helping individuals from any background heal from trauma as well as anxiety and depression. Drew is also passionate about couples therapy, believing that relationship is paramount.

Drew holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University. With a background as a U.S. Army veteran, he has been recognized for his leadership and other roles during deployments in Afghanistan and Central Africa. Additionally, Drew has immersed himself in ethnic cultural documentation and preservation projects, spending several years living in southern China with his wife.

Drew currently spends much of his time with his wife and four children supporting them in their various sports and school functions, but enjoys being able to explore the beautiful Oregon wilderness with them whenever possible.

Rebecca Ahnsdotter, CSWA

Rebecca Ahnsdotter is a trauma-informed clinical social worker with a private practice in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Rebecca specializes in anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and life transitions, and works primarily with women, the LGBTQI+ community, and individuals deconstructing religious trauma. She brings a compassionate, person-centered approach to her work, incorporating EMDR, IFS, ACT, and Ketamine-assisted therapy to support her clients' healing and growth. Rebecca received psychedelic-assisted therapy training through Integrative Psychiatry Institute and is one of Oregon’s first licensed psilocybin facilitators. 

Prior to working as a clinical therapist, Rebecca founded and operated Evergreen, a national non-profit organization that offers counseling to financially distressed populations. In this position, she developed counseling and educational curriculum, and trained and mentored a team of counselors who provided services to over 100,000 students in ten years. When not working with clients, Rebecca can be found exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her partner and their six children.

Molly Gage, LCSW

Molly Gage is an LCSW, specializing in hospice and palliative care.   She received PAT-C training in IPI's third cohort.   She holds an MSW from Portland State University, BA from St. John's College, Santa Fe and graduated from South Eugene High School.   She lives in rural Oregon with her family.

Noora Via LMT, CHP

Noora is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner (a mindfulness center somatic  psychotherapy) and has been a Massage Therapist for 18 years specializing in  Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. She has completed extensive  training through the Hakomi Institute, Maui School of Therapeutic Massage,  Pacific Center of Awareness and Bodywork and has studied Visionary  Craniosacral work at the Milne Institute.  

She runs a private practice in Eugene, Oregon where she offers Bodywork  and Somatic Mindfulness Sessions. She creates safe and healing spaces for  people to rest and unwind and explore their inner world. With her loving,  gentle presence and refined therapeutic technique she facilitates her clients to  listen deeply to their bodies inner wisdom, letting that be a guide to restoring  balance and healing. For the last 20 years she has been exploring different  modalities of healing and ways to support health in the whole person, body,  mind, heart and spirit. This journey has taken her all over the world learning  about different healing modalities. Plant medicines have been an integral part  of her healing path personally and has informed her work professionally.

Jessica L. Corp, LPC 

Jessica L. Corp is a relational therapist who, for the last 12 years, has been collaborating with people who experience both symptoms of mental health disorders and symptoms of drug and alcohol use disorders. 

She has provided individual and group therapy in Residential Treatment Centers and Outpatient treatment. She also works with pregnant and post-partum people who identify with either current or historic problematic substance use. 

She values freedom, kindness with a backbone, and play. Her practice is deeply rooted in harm reduction and the belief that people are the expert in their own life. She is drawn to modalities that allow people to tap into their deepest selves which is what led her to psychedelic work. She is trained in Brainspotting and EMDR and utilizes parts work and somatic strategies to assist people in finding safety in their own mind, body, and spirit. The goal being that through this connection they can utilize their wisdom and experience significant person-centered growth and change. 

Former clients have described her as direct and affirming with a wicked sense of humor. They have noted that the therapeutic work that they have done together has increased their self-awareness and self-compassion. 

She strives to be as affirming and culturally competent as she is able while also acknowledging that she is a work in progress. Because of this she invites feedback and discussion from others to help inform her practice and her own personal growth.

Josh Goldstein

Josh Goldstein is a member of the very first Oregon-licensed Psilocybin Service Facilitator graduating class ever. Growing up in Bend, Josh found a deep passion and curiosity for the natural world. With dreams of being a brain surgeon one day, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oregon. Fresh out of undergrad, Josh soon discovered his passion for teaching young people about the natural world and earned his Master’s in Teaching. After 15 years of teaching in middle and high schools, he was offered a position as a principal at a therapeutic boarding school for girls. Though the natural world still holds a place of wonder for him, he has discovered that the inner workings of the human mind and heart are the greatest mystery.

Josh has significant experience working with plant medicine over the last 30 years, from his initial experience as a young college student taking mushrooms in the woods to more recently, where he has found himself leading ceremonies for his spiritual community and individuals looking to do their own personal work. He has a great reverence for the power of this medicine to help people access their own innate healing wisdom. His long-time meditation and mindfulness practice greatly informs his work.

Josh approaches his work from a place of service. He loves inviting people into the mystery of this life and recognizes that plant medicine is one way to support this inquiry.

When not supporting his spiritual or work community, Josh can often be found out on a paddle board with his kids, in a tent by a lake, or playing chess at a coffee shop.

Molly Powers, MA, LMT

Molly is an explorer of mind, body, and soul. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree from The California Institute of Integral Studies from the department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. For two incredible years she traversed the realms of the mind and soul and is still integrating all of the profound teachings and experiences she collected during that time. In 2014 she began her massage therapy training at the Sedona School of Massage in Sedona, Arizona. During this time she initiated her education in learning to dwell within the body and found, and continues to find ways, to bring her wisdom teachings and soul lessons into the body for safekeeping. 

Molly has been a massage therapist for nearly 10 years and is finding the process of deepening into her bodywork practice to be profoundly wrapped up in her soul’s journey toward holding space for the healing process of others. She has learned that the most effective way to unwind tension and holding in the body is to sit and wait for release as opposed to constant action and doing. Through her lens, the most profound healing happens when we sit back and allow what wants to be released to release while trusting that the being’s intelligence is guiding the journey towards wholeness.

Clancy Cavnar, PsyD

Clancy Cavnar has a PsyD from John F. Kennedy University, a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State, and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. 

She works as a clinical psychologist in private practice and is Associate Director of Chacruna Institute for Plant Medicine (http://chacruna.net), a website dedicated to plant medicines and psychedelic culture and science, as well as being a research associate of NEIP, a Brazilian association of researchers in psychoactive substances. 

She is a graduate of the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is author and co-author several peer reviewed articles, and co-editor, with Beatriz C. Labate, of eight books: 

The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca (Springer, 2014); Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use (Springer, 2014); Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Peyote: History, Politics and Conservation (Praeger, 2016); The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Appropriation, Integration and Legislation (Routledge, 2018) (in which she published a chapter based on her dissertation, “Ayahuasca’s Influence on Gay Identity”); Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives (Springer 2018); and Ayahuasca, Healing and Science (Springer, 2021); also, with B. C. Labate and A. K. Gearin, The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies (Routledge, 2017); and with B. C. Labate and T. Rodrigues, Drug Policies and the Politics of Drugs in the Americas (Springer, 2016). 

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW

Cece Sykes is a consultant and senior trainer with the Internal Family Systems Institute where she specializes in trauma and addiction and educates therapists internationally on how to apply the IFS therapy model to addictive processes. Additionally, Sykes is exploring how psychotherapy affects the therapist’s personal narrative. She lectures, consults, and leads workshops on these and related topics and has a private practice in Chicago. Her recent book IFS Therapy for Addictions: Trauma-Informed, Compassion-Based Interventions for Substance Use, Eating, Gambling and More was released March, 2023.

Rosalind Watts, PhD

Dr Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist and the founder of ACER Integration. She has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Psychedelics as well as one of the top Top 16 Women Shaping the Future of Psychedelics.

As the former clinical lead on the Psilocybin for Depression trial at Imperial College London, Dr Watts developed the ACE model of psychedelic assisted therapy ‘Accept, Connect, Embody’ and led a clinical team guiding 60 people through that process. Her qualitative research with trial participants led to the development of the Watts Connectedness Scale, a psychometric tool for measuring outcomes of psychedelic therapy.

Through all her work, Rosalind's main learning has been that safe and effective use of psychedelics requires substantial integration support. She co-founded the UK's first psychedelic integration group, and has now launched a global online integration community, ‘Accept, Connect, Embody, Restore’ (ACER) where members follow a 12 month process together. Her websites are acerintegration.com and drrosalindwatts.com.

Joe Tafur, M.D.

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca curanderismo. In his book "The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine," through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. He is currently a fellow at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. To learn more about his work you can also visit drjoetafur.com.

With his multicultural community in Phoenix, Dr. Tafur co-founded the Church of the Eagle and the Condor (CEC) (learn more at churchofeagleandcondor.org). This spiritual community is dedicated to promoting the spiritual unity of all people through the practice of traditional Indigenous spirituality and sacred ceremonies. The CEC is currently pursuing legal protection for their practice of sacred Ayahuasca ceremony. Dr. Tafur is also a co-founder of Modern Spirit, a nonprofit dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. Among their projects is the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project, an epigenetic analysis of the impact of MAPS MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Their first results have now been submitted for publication. Learn more at modernspirit.org.

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D.

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Center for Psychedelic Medicine conducting FDA-approved clinical research with the psychedelic compound psilocybin since 2009. Dr. Bossis was director of palliative care research and co-principal investigator on the 2016 clinical trial demonstrating a significant reduction in emotional distress from a single psilocybin session in persons with cancer, specifically, a rapid decrease in depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and demoralization along with improvements in spiritual well-being and quality of life.

Dr. Bossis is study director and lead session guide on an FDA-approved clinical trial evaluating psilocybin-generated mystical experience with religious leaders. His primary psychedelic research interests include the treatment of end-of-life existential distress and the study of consciousness, meaning, and spirituality. He is a training supervisor of psychotherapy at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center and co-founder and former co-director of the Bellevue Hospital Palliative Care Service. He is on the faculty at the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research / California Institute of Integral Studies and the Art of Dying Institute in NYC.

Dr. Bossis is guest editor (with Charles Grob, M.D.) on the Special Series on Psychedelics for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and has authored numerous publications on psychedelics, mystical experience, and end-of-life existential distress. He has a long-standing interest in comparative religion and mysticism and on the interface of psychology and spirituality. He maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice in NYC.

Melissa Lavasani, MPP

Melissa Lavasani is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Washington, DC-based Psychedelic Medicine Coalition, a national association committed to advancing the science supporting psychedelic medicine, while creating and protecting access to these medicines through advocacy and education on a federal level. Melissa is also President of Psychedelic Medicine Advocacy and its Political Action Committee which is dedicated to ensuring all Americans are educated and empowered to elect lawmakers that support safe, equitable access to these life-changing treatments. Prior to that, Melissa proposed Initiative 81, the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, the largest ballot initiative win in Washington DC's history with 76% approval. Inspired by her own experience as a professional, working mother using psychedelic medicines to overcome severe postpartum depression when the healthcare system failed her, Melissa is one of the leading voices for policy, politics, and advocacy in the psychedelic space. She is also a Founding Board Member of the Psychedelics and Healing Initiative at the Global Wellness Institute, and on the Advisory Boards of Drugs over Dinner and Universal Ibogaine.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College, a Masters degree in Management from the University of Denver, and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. Born in Washington, DC to Iranian immigrants, Melissa currently lives in Northeast DC with her husband Daniel, daughter Lola (9), son Ramsey (6), and their rescue pitbull, Gus.

Mary Sanders, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose focus is on addressing trauma in communities of color and marginalized populations. She has worked with Black, Indigenous, (BIPOC), Veterans, immigrants and refugees from Iraq and Syria, foster youth, and LGBTQIA+ community members.

Mary currently provides community mental health services for formerly unhoused Veterans for Veteran Affairs in San Francisco, CA. In addition to her role working with Veterans, she has a private practice called EMPATH Center in Oakland, CA serving Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Her vision is to implement psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and incorporate community integration in her private practice.

Mary is a trained psychedelic-assisted therapist from CIIS and MAPS, certified in Trauma - Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is a somatic experiencing psychotherapist in-training. Mary is a founding board member at People of Color Psychedelic Collective.

Veronika Gold, MA, LMFT

Veronika Gold is a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center, and a psychotherapist licensed in California and Oregon. Veronika is a lead trainer at Polaris Insight Center Ketamine and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training program, and she is a sub-investigator, supervisor, and a trainer in training for MAPS MDMA-AT program. Veronika has been a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in trauma treatment, and in addition to psychedelic assisted therapy she has been a facilitator in EMDR and Organic Intelligence trainings.

Albert Garcia-Romeu, PhD

Albert Garcia-Romeu (Roh-May-Oh), Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research examines the effects of psychedelics in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, real-world drug use patterns, diversity in science, and the role of spirituality in mental health. He is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and the International Society for Research on Psychedelics.

David B. Yaden, PhD

David B. Yaden, PhD, completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and is now an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focus is on the psychology, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology of spiritual, self-transcendent, and other positively transformative experiences. Specifically, David is interested in understanding: how do brief experiences result in long-term changes to well-being? He is currently conducting studies to determine whether and how psychedelics increase well-being and treat mental disorders. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed academic articles and 14 academic book chapters. His first authored book came out on September 1st, 2022––The Varieties of Spiritual Experiences: 21st Century Research and Perspectives––with Oxford University Press. His scientific and scholarly work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, NPR, CNN, and BBC. Tomorrow, David will be installed as the Roland Griffiths Professor of Psychedelic Research at Johns Hopkins.

Alan K. Davis, PhD

Dr. Alan Davis is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education in the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. They are an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry at OSU and also on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. Alan has extensive clinical experience working with US Military Veterans and civilians suffering with addiction, PTSD, and depression. Their research explores alternative treatments for addiction and mental illness, including psychedelic-assisted therapies, and how to increase access to current treatment systems through reducing provider stigma about substance misuse and alternative treatment approaches. Alan has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters and presented research at dozens of national and international scientific conferences. They also published a landmark trial in 2021 on the use of psilocybin therapy for depression in JAMA psychiatry. In 2022, they launched a pilot study of the first psilocybin trial for Veterans with PTSD.

 

Kelley O’Donnell, MD, PhD

Dr. Kelley O’Donnell is a board-certified psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and the Director of Therapist Training at the NYU Langone Center for Psychedelic Medicine. After receiving her medical degree and a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA, she completed a psychiatry residency on the research track at NYU, where she continued as faculty after graduation. She is a study psychiatrist and psychedelic therapist working with psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine, and she is involved in various initiatives to advance psychedelic education among medical professionals and trainees. In addition to her work at NYU, she is on the faculty of the ketamine-assisted psychotherapy training program at the Polaris Insight Center, and she is an Assistant Trainer in the MDMA Therapist Training Program at MAPS-PBC. She also has a small private practice in New York City, specializing in integrative depth psychotherapy, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, and psychedelic integration.

 

Andrea Rosati, MD, PhD

Dr. Andrea Rosati is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 2018, she has been a Study Therapist and Study Physician in the Phase 2 and 3 MAPS PBC-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-AT for PTSD at UCSF. She is also an Associate Supervisor and Assistant Educator in the MAPS PBC’s Educational Programs.

 

Joanna Simundic, RCSW, RCC

Joanna Simundic is the sole founder, owner and psychotherapist at Embracing Change Therapy, a private psychotherapy practice she started in 2013. She supports individuals in processing traumatic material using a variety of techniques such as: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems and various somatic approaches. She is registered as a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia.

Joanna graduated from York University in Toronto, ON in 2006 with an Honours Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. She also completed her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid University in Kitchener, ON in 2012. She has been in the helping profession serving various populations for the last 14 years.

Joanna is also trained as a psychedelic psychotherapist. She graduated from her training with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in 2018. She was invited into the Vancouver MAPS PBC team in early 2016 as one of the MAPS PBC Therapists for the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Clinical Trial Research Study in Vancouver, BC, and has since contributed to Phase II and III in helping MDMA become a legal therapeutic medicine in Canada. She has also been supporting the MDMA Therapy Training Program as a Teaching Assistant since 2020 in helping teach new psychedelic psychotherapists in preparation for the legalization of MDMA for therapy purposes in Canada, coming in late 2023.

 

Chantelle Thomas, PhD

Dr. Chantelle Thomas is a clinical psychologist and Executive Clinical Director of Windrose Recovery-a multi-level residential addiction treatment program offering detoxification, intensive outpatient programming and integrated ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Thomas is also involved in clinical research trials at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health investigating psilocybin for addiction and depression and MDMA for PTSD. She currently serves as an associate supervisor and trainer on the MAPS PBC sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD for US and European clinical trials and the recently initiated Expanded Access Program. Dr. Thomas completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is a certified biofeedback practitioner.

 

Ido Siemion, PhD

Ido Siemion, PhD., is a MAPS PBC (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) trainer, a Hakomi trainer and co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel. He holds a PhD in East West Psychology and a M.A. in Somatic Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ido works as a psychotherapist with adults who seek to heal their psychological wounding as well as expand their consciousness, manifest their potential and live life fully. His work draws on Jungian, Somatic and Psychodynamic psychologies and integrates knowledge based in Eastern spiritual traditions as well as Shamanic traditions. Ido was a clinical investigator in the phase II MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD trials and is now also a clinical investigator in the phase III trials that examine the impact of MDMA assisted psychotherapy on severe trauma victims (PTSD).

 

Phil Lister, MD

Phil Lister identifies as a white cis-gender male in his seventh decade. He was raised in a financially secure upper-middle class family with an abundance of love and a moderate dose of neurotic dysfunction. He has had the good fortune of health and wonderful educational opportunities which led to a medical degree and specialty training in adult and child psychiatry, and adult and child psychoanalysis. In recent years, he has expanded his tool box via trainings in EMDR (used with children and adults), Somatic Experiencing, and AEDP for couples. He enjoys teaching and has taught in the Mount Sinai, Columbia, and Cornell medical centers in courses focused on the art of psychotherapy with children and adolescents, and in courses around death and dying.

He learned of MAPS PBC by serendipity in 2016, just in time to join the training for the Phase 3 study of MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD, first as a therapist, then as a supervisor and trainer. He also trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in 2018.

He loves birds, bicycling, and books, particularly fiction and poetry, and enjoys writing. A labor of love has resulted in the publication of a memoir called A Short Good Life (2021) chronicling his second child’s encounter with leukemia at age 4 leading to her death at age 6, very much a family love story, including reflections on the experience of providing and receiving care.

He lives in New York City with his wife (also a psychiatrist/writer) and has a private practice of psychotherapy. In addition to his roles of son, brother, partner, father, and uncle, he has recently added the noun grandpa.

Since the pandemic he has participated in and now co-leads a poetry writing workshop on Sunday mornings.

 

Marc B. Aixalà, MS

Marc B. Aixalà is a Telecommunication Engineer and Psychologist with Master studies in Integrative and Strategic Therapy. He has been trained in the therapeutic use of Non Ordinary States of Consciousness. Also trained in MDMA assisted-psychotherapy for PTSD by MAPS PBC and the use of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, Marc is now working as a therapist in a clinical trial with psilocybin in Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona where he also mentors other psychedelic therapists. He has experience as a Team Leader and Trainer in emergency psychological assistance for people going through difficult psychedelic experiences at Boom Festival (Kosmicare 2010-2016).

Marc is a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, and he works as a trainer for those who want to become certified, offering workshops and training modules.

Marc collaborates with ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service) by offering integration psychotherapy sessions for people in challenging situations after psychedelic experiences, developing theoretical models of intervention and training and supervising therapists. He is the author of “Psychedelic Integration: non-ordinary logics and the challenges of psychotherapy in expanded states of awareness”.

He works as a psychologist in his private practice in Barcelona and offers trainings, lectures and talks related to psychedelic psychotherapy and integration.

 

Mendel Kaelen, PhD

Mendel Kaelen is the founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a startup providing music both for and as psychedelic therapy. Prior to this, he worked as a PhD and postdoctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London since 2012, where his research was the first to demonstrate music’s central role in psychedelic therapies. He is a thought leader on the therapeutic use of music and publishes and speaks frequently on this topic. He has been featured in Nature News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vice Motherboard, Rolling Stone and TEDx. Mendel lives and works on planet Earth, and in his spare time likes to get into nature, and out of his mind with his musical instruments.

 

Andrew Bryant, MPH, LICSW

Andrew Bryant, MPH, LICSW is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and co-Director of North Seattle Therapy & Counseling, with a clinical focus on the impact of climate change and ecological crisis on mental health. He also provides Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT), in collaboration with Telos Transformational Therapies, and organizes a local psychedelic integration circle for therapists and healers. Andrew is the founder of Climate & Mind, a project dedicated to gathering and promoting resources related to climate psychology for clinicians, the media, and the public. As part of this project, he provides lectures, seminars and study groups on climate mental health, and has been interviewed and featured in a number of media stories on climate psychology, including The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, and other media outlets. He is a member of the Alliance of Climate Therapists-Northwest (ACT-NOW), and of the Climate Psychology Alliance-North America.

 

Tim Spalla, MA, LPCC

Tim Spalla is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate and owner of Agile Wellness Group, a private therapy practice in Denver, Colorado. Before entering the mental health field, he spent nearly 20 years living and working overseas, first as a US Army Ranger Intelligence Specialist with multiple combat deployments in Iraq, then transitioning to become a private military contractor supporting US Special Operations missions throughout the Middle East and Horn of Africa. In 2015, he partnered with the National Geographic Society as a Wildlife Crime investigator and spent several years training Conservation Rangers in Africa and working to dismantle International wildlife crime syndicates. In 2022, Tim graduated from Regis University with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree and co-founded The Wounded Healer Project, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization in Denver, dedicated to providing free and veteran-led mental health counseling support for justice-involved veterans struggling with PTSD, moral injury, and addiction. Tim specializes in addressing trauma and moral injury, enhancing the quality of life, and fostering resiliency within military veteran and First Responder communities. In addition to this, Tim also offers individual and group psychospiritual education, preparation, harm-reduction, and integration support services through his private practice.

 

Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW

Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University and her Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University. For her doctoral research she conducted a heuristic study on Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence. Her Master’s research focused on spiritual development within higher education.

Katrina worked as the director of harm reduction for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS PBC) at the Zendo Project and served for three years as the executive director of The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE). Katrina has served as graduate faculty at New York University’s Department of Applied
Psychology, Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Fordham University’s School of Social Services, and The Institute for the Development of Human Arts.

Katrina is a member of the Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium (EPRC) and currently working with an international team on research to elucidate adverse psychedelic experiences in order to contribute to evidence-based and trauma-informed integration practices. She is also a founding member of the advisory board for The Fireside Project, a psychedelic peer-support line.

Katrina is the founder and director of The Curious Spirit, a New York-based psychotherapy and coaching practice. She is also creator and producer of When Lightning Strikes, a documentary in progress intended to demystify the awakening process and help create a cultural context for understanding mystical phenomena while normalizing the often challenging elements of this
natural human experience.

 

Mary Cosimano, LMSW

Mary Cosimano, LMSW, has been with the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research since 2000 when they began research with psilocybin. She is currently a Psychedelic Session Facilitator and has served as Director of Clinical Services and as a research coordinator. She has been involved with all the psilocybin studies and has conducted over 500 study sessions including Club Drug studies with Salvia Divinorum and Dextromethorphan. Mary has trained postdoctoral fellows, faculty, clinicians, and research assistants as guides and taught individual and group meditation to breast cancer patients in a Johns Hopkins research study. She is a teacher and mentor at California Institute to Integral Studies for their Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) certificate program and conducts training for therapists in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She recently began presenting a Death Awareness Workshop relating to psychedelic-assisted therapy. In 2003 she started a meditation group for employees in her department. She also has 15 years of experience with direct patient care as a hospice volunteer.

 

Michael Donisi

Michael Donisi is currently pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regis University and has a profound interest in the re emerging field of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. With over two years of experience in this domain, Michael also has delved deep into integrative medicine, LGBTQIA+ issues, clinical operations, and the transformative potential of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. As he approaches his graduation in the Fall of 2024, Michael eagerly anticipates utilizing his knowledge and passion to revolutionize mental health care through the practice of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy.

 

Samantha Yanas

Samantha Yanas, Head of Product and Programs at Integrative Psychiatry Institute. She is passionate about technology, streamlined efficiencies, and proactive workflows. With over 7 year experience in customer service, people operations, and technology, Sam is passionate about making a difference.

 

Douglas Wingate, DTCM, FMHC, L.Ac

Douglas Wingate, DTCM, FMHC, L.Ac, is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified clinician in hyperbaric oxygen therapeutics specializing in neurological, emotional, and neuro-cognitive conditions as well as acute and chronic pain having worked in private practice and OHSU hospital's neurology department. He has written four books on the topics of brain health and consciousness. He received his Doctorate from Five Branches University and Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with post-graduate studies in clinical neuroscience from the Carrick Institute.

 

Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH

Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH (She, Her) is a Naturopathic Physician who is deeply involved in moving forward the integration of all types of medicine. She received her naturopathic medicine degree at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and her Master of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She is a certified psychedelic-assisted therapy provider with an advanced certification in psilocybin-assisted therapy through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Lynne has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Portland, Oregon for 19 years and is passionate about creating spaces for wellness.

 

Melissa Landis-Padron

Melissa Landis-Padron has a Masters's Degree in Education and has been a K-12 teacher for over 20 years. Specializing in behavioral supports, mindfulness, and Sensory Integration program development. She has also been a community events coordinator for the City of Eugene creating connections and networking with community partners to host community music, dance, and art events. She also co-developed Youth Mentorship programs for houseless youth in the Eugene area. New to IPI Melissa is excited to offer her experience and support to the IPI retreat center in Eugene Oregon.

 

Michele Soleimani, LCSW

Michele Soleimani is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice for 15 years, with a focus on treating complex PTSD. Prior to that she worked in community based mental health, HIV/AIDS education, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for close to 10 years. Originally from New York City, she took one look at a photograph of the Rocky Mountains and knew that she was destined to go west. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, then returned to New York and received her MSW from Fordham University. Michele graduated from the second IPI Fellowship cohort in 2022 and is thrilled to be onboard as a teaching assistant. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two children and several pets.

 

Christine Marie, Author, Energy Healer, Spiritual Teacher 

Christine Marie has had the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, helping them unearth their truth, heal deep wounds, and live more meaningful lives. She has a background in working as an RN and has transitioned into owning her own private practice as a Writer & Healing Arts Practitioner (Celtic Shamanism, Reiki, Energy Healing) and is passionate towards holding safe and sacred space for altered states medicine work. With her training and intuitive skill sets, she empowers individuals to access their Inner Wise One and Inner Creator, making her a trusted guide and ally on the path to self-discovery and transformation.

From her own personal experience and training, Christine Marie has witnessed the positive impact psychedelic medicines have on mind-body-spirit healing and connection. She heavily emphasizes the importance of being in right relationship with the plants we work with as well as encourages the acknowledgement and reverence towards the original cultures and traditions.

Christine Marie lives in Portland, OR with her partner, Josh; where she enjoys writing, traveling and connecting with Mother Earth.

 

Melinda Halpern

Melinda earned her Masters in Counseling from Oregon State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. Her early work as a therapist centered on young children and adolescents, emphasizing Autism Spectrum Disorders and trauma. She has added expanded her work with adults and is a Level 2 EMDR therapist and a Level 2 PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) Couples therapist.

Melinda relies heavily on intuition and connection with her clients and believes in the partnership that occurs between client and therapist. She is excited to expand her work with psychedelics as she sees the beautiful bridge between these two modalities.

 

Anny Ortiz

Anny Ortiz is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology and the Clinical Therapeutic Lead at Usona Institute. Originally from Sonora, México, over the past 20 years she worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including outdoor behavioral health, long-term residential treatment, and most recently, psychedelic-assisted therapy clinics in Mexico that were using ibogaine to aid in the treatment of severe substance use disorders.

At these clinics, she introduced the use of 5-MeO-DMT derived from the Sonoran Desert toad (Incilius alvarius) as a complement to ibogaine. Doing this work was deeply meaningful, but also personally troubling given that it contributed to the exploitation of toad populations in her native Sonora due to the widespread popularity and demand that ensued. Seeing first-hand the therapeutic effects of the 5-MeO-DMT experience motivated her to pursue graduate school to research this therapeutic potential in a more rigorous way, advocate for synthetic 5-MeO-DMT use, and to connect with an interdisciplinary team of experts to explore avenues for toad conservation and protection in its endemic habitat.

Over the past few years she has been conducting a toad population study in Sonora as the first step to a conservation program for the toad species in collaboration with the Indigenous Medicine Conservation Fund and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberic Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her current role at Usona, she is responsible for the development, implementation and management of facilitator activities needed to support psychedelic dosing sessions in Usona sponsored clinical trials.

 

Victoria Gutiérrez Arribère

Victoria brings a wealth of experience collaborating with healthcare professionals. Her involvement in the field of public health has provided her with valuable insights into mental healthcare and community well-being, strengthening her dedication to roles focused on making a meaningful impact on people's lives.

Drawing on her experience in customer service, sales, and teaching, she has cultivated a passion for creating supportive connections grounded in empathy and the art of building enduring relationships that continue to flourish over time.

As a trained sound therapist, she has worked extensively with plant medicine, gaining a genuine appreciation for responsibly incorporating ancestral healing tools and practices to meet the needs of our contemporary world.

 

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Dylan Rivard, MA, LPC

Dylan Rivard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in wilderness and experiential psychotherapies. A Certified Hakomi Therapist, Dylan brings an understanding of somatic awareness to his clients that he uses to help them process and integrate peak experiences. Dylan owns his own private practice outside of Golden, CO where he works with folks using nature interventions and ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

Margaret Brako, LCSW

Margaret provides psychotherapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy at Sage Integrative Health (Berkeley, CA). Earlier this year, she was part of the team that offered the clinic’s first Ketamine Assisted Therapy training. Her practice emphasizes trauma-informed, relational, and mindfulness-based approaches for healing.

For seven years, Margaret worked in community-based programs, helping unhoused and underserved populations manage depression, trauma, and psychosis.

Margaret is a first-generation American who grew up in Minnesota. She loves listening to audiobooks and dancing tango. She also recently discovered she loves running.

Orlando Zuniga, LMFT

Orlando Zuniga is a bilingual and bicultural licensed mental health clinician practicing since 2013. Prior to 2013, Orlando was a healthcare administrator. Orlando is a firm believer that one must integrate healing by looking at a person whole. To facilitate healing and change, Orlando observes the relationship between multiple variables that include body, mind, emotions, spirit, environment, and culture. Orlando supports patients and clients by utilizing a treatment orientation suitable for each unique person, group or circumstance. Orlando works with individuals, couples, families, children and people of all ages, cultures, and sexual orientations. Orlando operates as a neutral and objective witness to each individual experience.

Before beginning his clinical experience, Orlando spent a year traveling in Latin America to personally learn and work with psychedelics. Since his initial trip to Latin America, Orlando has made multiple visits to the Amazonian Rainforest and the Central American jungle to continue his personal understanding of plant medicines and the indigenous cultures that have been the guardians of these medicines. Through out his clinical journey, Orlando has been a part of various multi-disciplinary teams for HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and BIPOC communities providing culturally sensitive care in both English and Spanish. Orlando has helped co-create a triage program within Kaiser Permanente’s primary care unit in San Francisco, CA. While living in San Francisco, Orlando was also working with immigration law as a forensic mental health expert for foreign national clients seeking political asylum, and other forms of protection. Orlando also worked with Kaiser Permanente's large groups in Los Angeles, CA to support Anxiety, Depression and Anger Management. Most recently Orlando has been working with Field Trip Health, a Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy clinic in Los Angeles, CA. Finally, Orlando is the founder of Transforma Therapy where he provides counseling, coaching and consulting.

Mailae Halstead, M.S, NCC

Mailae Halstead is a Nationally Certified Counselor currently based out of Tolland, Connecticut. While much of her work is spent treating PTSD and OCD using empirically supported treatments, she is passionate about practicing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy that centers cultural humility and empowerment. Mailae is part of the Connecticut, Expanded Access site sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelics Public Benefit Cooperation(MAPS PBC) using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. She also regularly provides ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Mailae aspires to contribute to a future with equitable and de-stigmatized access to psychedelic healing.

Samantha Supit, MA, LMHC

Samantha Supit, MA, LMHC is a licensed mental health therapist whose passions and work revolve around plant medicines/psychedelics, the interplay of energy, and spiritual/metaphysical explorations. Her belief is that where science and spirituality meet is where we as humans can exponentially grow.

Samantha's areas of focus in private practice have included grief and loss, relationships, BIPOC support, and trauma. Completing a Somatic Soul-Based Trauma training from the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute strengthened her body-mind-spirit approach with clients. She enjoys blending creativity, compassion, and humor in order to explore and hold space for all parts of the human psyche.

Her past and current involvements include volunteering for the Zendo Project, supporting a local aya community for preparation and integration work, as well as supporting veterans in plant medicine preparation and integration work.

Aliss Wang, MA, AMFT

Aliss Wang, MA, AMFT, ELI-MA, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and head injury integrations coach in California, with a MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is in clinical practice at Bay Area Gestalt Institute and The Couples Center in San Francisco, and volunteers for Love Your Brain Foundation, UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital, and is on the board of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), East Bay Chapter.  

Born in Taiwan, Aliss immigrated to the US as a child, grew up in California, and lived in the US, Taiwan and UK during her former career in technology manufacturing and IP licensing. Prior to IPI, she served as the Adherence and Supervision Coordinator at MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies) Phase 3 study of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for treatment-resistant PTSD facilitating the Adherence Raters program. She has supported harm reduction communities since 2012, and lectured at the Association for Transpersonal Psychotherapy Conference on an integral approach for head injury recovery, including the potential usefulness of psychedelics.

Andrew Linares MA, LPCC

Andrew Linares MA, LPCC is a LPCC with a lifetime of service, and holds a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University. He was trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through MAPS, Hakomi (mindfulness-based somatic therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Men's work, and mythology and dreamwork. He have worked clinically with diverse populations including: adolescents and adults, men/women/LGBTQ+, immigrants and refugees, military veterans, voluntary and court-mandated clients. Prior to being a therapist, he devoted his life to music, art, and creating community. He values the practices of martial arts and yoga, as these endeavors challenge and strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection. In all that he does, he seeks to be in service to Life.

George M. Slavich, PhD

Dr. Slavich is a leading expert in the conceptualization, assessment, and management of life stress, and in psychological and biological mechanisms linking stress with poor mental and physical health. He developed the first online system for assessing lifetime stress exposure; formulated the first fully integrated, multi-level theory of depression; and is helping pioneer a new field of research called human social genomics, which is revealing how social experiences reach deep inside the body to affect the human genome. His most recent research focuses on Social Safety Theory, which describes how experiences of social safety and threat influence the brain and immune system to affect human health and behavior. This translational work on the psychoneuroimmunology of stress, health, and behavior has been published in several leading journals including Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, JAMA Psychiatry, PNAS, Psychological Bulletin, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.

In addition to these research efforts, Dr. Slavich is deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring and to helping develop the next generation of leaders in psychiatry and psychology. In addition to having mentored more than 175 pre- and post-doctoral trainees, early in his career Dr. Slavich founded the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Western Psychological Association Student Council, and Society of Clinical Psychology’s Section on Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists. More recently, he has developed a new approach to classroom instruction called transformational teaching and has written numerous articles on professional development issues in science. He has received 18 awards for these contributions since 2009, including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Herbert Weiner Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Graduate Students from the American Psychological Association.

Ben Lynch, ND

Dr. Ben Lynch is the best-selling author of Dirty Genes and President of Seeking Health, a company that helps educate both the public and health professionals on how to overcome genetic dysfunction. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and three sons.

Patrick Hanaway, MD

Patrick Hanaway, MD, is a board certified family physician trained at Washington University. Dr. Hanaway served on the executive committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. For the past 20 years, he has worked with his wife in clinical practice at Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care in Asheville, NC.

After 10 years as chief medical officer at Genova Diagnostics, Dr. Hanaway became the chief medical education officer at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), where he oversaw the development and implementation of IFM’s programs worldwide. He has taught with IFM since 2005, he leads the GI Advanced Practice Module, and he continues his support of IFM as co-chair of the Expert Advisory Board.

In 2014, Dr. Hanaway helped develop the collaboration between IFM and the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the founding medical director. He later became the research director and now serves as a research collaborator at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. His research interests focus on evaluating outcomes of Functional Medicine models of care.

The focus of Dr. Hanaway’s work is to leverage his skillset to transform medical practice through education, research, and clinical care. In addition, Dr. Hanaway has been initiated as a Mara’akame [indigenous healer] by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres in Mexico. He holds community fires, leads ceremonies, and offers traditional healing sessions.

David Perlmutter, MD

Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and five-time New York Times bestselling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Perlmutter received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and The Journal of Applied Nutrition. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, Columbia University, Scripps Institute, New York University, and Harvard University, and serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

His books have been published in 32 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. Other New York Times bestsellers include Brain Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, and Brain Wash, co-written with Austin Perlmutter, M.D. He is the editor of The Microbiome and the Brain authored by top experts in the field and published in December 2019 by CRC Press. His latest book, Drop Acid, focuses on the pivotal role of uric acid in metabolic diseases, and will be published in February 2022.

Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, The CBS Early Show, and CBS This Morning.

Dr. Perlmutter is also the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders; the National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition, and most recently the 2019 Global Leadership Award from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium.

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD, has devoted his life to helping others discover optimal health and address the root causes of chronic disease through the power of Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman is an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the fields of Functional Medicine and nutrition. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a fourteen-time New York Times best-selling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the host of one of the leading health podcasts, The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dr. Hyman is a regular medical contributor to several television shows and networks, including CBS This Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN. He is also an advisor and guest co-host on The Dr. Oz Show. Through his work to change policy for the betterment of public health, Dr. Hyman has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine. He has consulted with the surgeon general on diabetes prevention and participated in the 2009 White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa nominated Dr. Hyman for the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

Additionally, Dr. Hyman has presented at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters, Achieving Wellness in Every Generation conference and the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as with the World Economic Forum on global health issues, TEDMED and TEDx. He is the winner of the Linus Pauling Award and the Nantucket Project Award. Dr. Hyman received the Christian Book of the Year Award for his work on The Daniel Plan, a faith-based initiative that helped the Saddleback Church collectively lose 250,000 pounds that he created with Rick Warren, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Daniel Amen. He was inducted into the Books for Better Life Hall of Fame. With Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Michael Roizen, Dr. Hyman crafted and helped introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 to the United States Senate, which promotes reimbursement for lifestyle treatment of chronic disease. With Tim Ryan in 2015, he helped introduce the ENRICH Act into Congress to fund nutrition in medical education. Dr. Hyman plays a substantial role in the major 2014 film Fed Up, produced by Laurie David and Katie Couric, which addresses childhood obesity. Please join him in celebrating the power of food as medicine at www.drhyman.com, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and listen to his podcast The Doctor’s Farmacy for conversations that matter around health, wellness, food, and politics.

Crystalin Montgomery, ND, LAC

Dr. Montgomery is a MN Board Registered Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist, and currently sees patients virtually for naturopathic and functional medicine care. She also sees patients for acupuncture at the University of Minnesota Physicians Psychiatry Clinics (Behavioral Health Clinic for Families and St. Louis Park Psychiatry Clinic). In addition to patient care, her work with the UMP Integrative Psychiatry and Wellness Team also includes development of clinical services, resident education, and psychoeducation for Families with Psychosis and groups in the substance use residential program.

Daniel VanDorn, PharmD

Dr. VanDorn earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy while concurrently optimizing novel stem-cell disease models and genetic assay technology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, work that has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. He has served in a wide range of health care settings including the Armed Forces, Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, and medical missions in developing countries. These experiences cultivated a keen understanding of both the technological and clinical aspects of genetic testing. This serves him well as Senior Medical Science Liaison and Lead Scientist for Product Development at Genomind, where he facilitates research and development of the Genomind platform and provides counsel and education to clinicians and patients on the interpretation of genetic assay results.

Tara Scott, MD, FACOG, FAAFM, ABOIM, CNMP

Dr. Scott has been in front of an audience since she was the president of speech team in high school. This evolved in educating the community on hormone therapy, having taught doctors in five continents about an integrative approach. With over 20 years’ experience practicing OB/GYN, Dr. Scott shares a wealth of information by lecturing around the community to raise awareness about wellness and preventative health for patients.

In addition to being the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Summa Health in Akron, OH, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at NEOMED and lectures OB/GYN residents about all the hormonal topics. She is the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Revitalize Medical Group, a wellness practice. She is triple board certified in OB/GYN, Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She is a mother of 3 college age children, enjoys running a half marathon in every state, traveling and being active outside

She has been chosen to give her TEDx talk fall 2021. For her expertise, she has been featured on The List TV, Women’s Health, Shape, The List, Newsweek, Parents, Authority Magazine, and on numerous podcasts.

Myles Spar, MD

Myles Spar, MD is a leading authority in Integrative Men’s Health as an author, teacher, researcher, TED talk speaker, contributor to Men’s Journal and the L.A. Times, expert on Dr. Oz and The Doctors TV shows and a faculty member of University of Arizona.

Dr. Spar is board-certified in Internal Medicine, having graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed fellowships in Health Services Research at UCLA (where he earned a masters in public health) and in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Spar’s focus has always been about empowering men to achieve their goals through greater health. The men’s performance company where Dr. Spar oversees all clinical programs as Chief Medical Officer is called Vault Health. Vault brings men’s health to you, incorporating techniques to help men win at what matters to them.

Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD

Dr. Serruya is a PhD-trained neuroscientist and a board-certified neurologist. He earned his undergraduate, graduate neuroscience and medical degrees at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a Fulbright scholar. He completed his neurology residency training and cognitive neurology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Serruya is a neurotechnology entrepreneur: formerly a co-founder of Cyberkinetics, he is currently involved in Nuromo, and Neurodelphus. At Jefferson helped direct the Comprehensive Concussion Center and the Executive Brain Health Program. He currently directs the Neurorestoration Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Kara Fitzgerald, ND

Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine and is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. With the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Fitzgerald is actively engaged in clinical research on the DNA methylome using a diet and lifestyle intervention developed in her practice. The first publication from the study focuses on reversal of biological aging and was published 04-12-2021 in the journal Aging. A consumer book and application-based program with DNA methylation assessment are scheduled for release 01-2022.

Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and lectures globally on functional medicine. She runs a Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion program for professionals, and maintains a podcast series, New Frontiers in Functional Medicine and an active blog on her website, www.drkarafitzgerald.com. Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS

Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than five decades focused on the improvement of human health. He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine, the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world.

Dr. Bland began his career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound. He is a natural educator and became involved with numerous academic institutions during the years he spent teaching. This includes the significant contributions he made to the founding of Bastyr University, the first federally accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural medicine in the US. In the early 1980s, Dr. Bland was hand-selected by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling to serve as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine.

Dr. Bland is the author of best-selling books and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He speaks extensively, and his engaging style makes him popular with both professional and consumer audiences. Dr. Bland’s latest project is Big Bold Health, where he’s on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations—the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Dr. Bland is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level. It’s an ambitious and purpose-driven effort that encompasses his active stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health.

Casey Means, MD

Casey Means, MD is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of metabolic health company Levels, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tech-enabled tools that can inform smart, personalized, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. Dr. Means’s perspective has been recently featured in the New York Times, Men's Health, Forbes, Business Insider, Techcrunch, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Hill, Metabolism, Endocrine Today, and more. She has held past research positions at the NIH, Stanford School of Medicine, and NYU.

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH

Carrie Jones, ND, is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women's health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women's health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University's Maser of Public Health program. Recently, Dr. Jones became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology. She was adjunct faculty for many years, teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility. While in practice, Dr. Jones served as Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is currently the Medical Director for Precision Analytical Inc.

Austin Perlmutter, MD

Austin Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician, New York Times bestselling author, educator and consultant. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His focus is on helping identify and resolve the biological basis for "stuckness" in the body and brain, especially around decision-making. He hosts the Get The STUCK OUT podcast and is a co-producer of the Alzheimer's, the Science of Prevention Docu-series. His writing is featured online on MedPage Today, Doximity, KevinMD, Medium, Psychology Today, MindBodyGreen, and DrPerlmutter.com, and his work connecting COVID-19 with immune-related depression appears in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Sahar Swidan, PharmD, ABAAHP, FAARFM, FACA

Dr Swidan is President and CEO of Pharmacy Solutions in Ann Arbor, MI and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Wayne State University.

She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a 3-year research Fellowship in Bio-Pharmaceutics and Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. Following her fellowship, she was Director of Pharmacy at Chelsea Community Hospital and the clinical pharmacist for the inpatient head and chronic pain service.

Dr. Swidan is board certified and an advanced fellow in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She is an internationally renowned speaker in the areas of pain management, headaches, and HRT. She has authored several book chapters, articles, and patient education material in head and general pain management and personalized medicine.

Most recently, Dr. Swidan has contributed in authoring “Metabolic Therapies in Orthopedics, Second Edition”. This edition provides continued knowledge on how optimizing metabolic pathways can improve the success of regenerative therapies through emerging technologies, integrative approaches, clinical research, and compelling evidence from over 30 experts. Dr. Swidan provides key insight in the areas of drug-related muscular pain and sarcopenia and the effects of hormones on the musculoskeletal system.

Dr. Swidan Co-Edited and Authored a book with many thought leaders from around the globe titled Advanced Therapeutics in Pain Medicine which aids clinicians in advancing their current toolbox in the treatment of various pain syndromes.

Yael Joffe, RD, PhD, FACN

In the rapidly-evolving discipline of nutrigenomics, Yael is globally acknowledged as a leading expert in the field. She is a highly sought-after speaker, has co-authored two books, ‘It’s Not Just Your Genes’ and ‘Genes To Plate’, and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. Yael is at the forefront of nutrigenomic education and has helped develop and supervise nutrigenomics courses around the world, including her own Manuka courses, which have trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners globally. She is currently an Adjunct Professor, teaching Nutrigenomics at Rutgers University and MUIH. She is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of 3X4 Genetics.


Kelsey is a Master of Counseling candidate at CU Denver and started studying psychedelics in 2013 at Naropa University. She is a certified holistic health practitioner and yoga teacher. She has sat with people in non ordinary states during breathworks, cannabis journeys, and at music festivals. She spent three years working abroad with indigenous communities in Ecuador, the Marshall Islands, and Guatemala. As a Maternal and Child Health Volunteer in Peace Corps Guatemala, she worked with staff to update volunteer policies to include drug harm reduction education and expand mental health services for volunteers. Kelsey is actively involved in community awareness around psychedelics and co facilitates psychedelic women’s circles.


Monique Rees RN, MA, LPC has been in the healthcare field for over 20 years in a variety of rolls with a variety of experience, from nursing on medical surgical and psychiatric units, to working in hospice and as a psychotherapist in private practice. She as a passion for learning and helping people heal holistically. Monique is currently completing her second master’s degree to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, while concurrently working as a ketamine infusion nurse and learning integrative practices and ketamine treatment from IPI training programs. This training will provide her more tools and autonomy to treat her patients in more holistic and comprehensive ways. Monique is a mother of two wonderful children, who enjoys deep spiritual practice, and spending as much time connecting with nature as possible trail running, paddle boarding, camping, and simply being.


Shoshana Aal, PsyD is a licensed psychologist practicing individual therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy(KAP) in the Denver metro area and the greater Colorado. Shoshana’s work has focused on a variety of matters including, trauma, relationships, grief/loss, BIPOC experiences, complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, cultural diversity, LGBTQ experiences and women’s experiences. Shoshana currently provides KAP in conjunction with Progressive Psychiatry with experience in both psychedelic and psychoanalytic doses. The therapy is always client centered, providing a variety of modalities that shift based on what a client is needing or experiencing. Shoshana has a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Shoshana has been trained by Phil Wolfson and Julane Andries in KAP through their Ketamine Training Center in 2019. Memberships and volunteering experiences include several psychedelic organizations such as The Nowak Society, SPORE, SPORES equity team, and The Zendo. Additionally Shoshana currently runs the KAP Colorado Consultation group.

Shoshana identifies as non-binary with a request that you not make a big deal about pronouns and instead try to see the complexity of a person beyond gender and pronouns. Or more simply put, any pronoun is fine as long as long as they are used thoughtfully.


Shane earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, completed extensive coursework towards a Master of Arts Degree in Sport & Performance Psychology at the University of Denver, and earned his Master of Arts Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Argosy University. Shane is Nationally Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) and a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the State of Colorado. Having worked in community non-profit mental health since 2008, Shane has gained experience working with the entire spectrum of mental disorders and with all populations and age groups. Shane is attending a Ph.D. program in Social Work at Colorado State University where his interest in the potential that psychedelics hold for healing human consciousness can be explored and further developed. Shane is actively involved in the Colorado and National psychedelics communities where he strives to provide evidence-based education, harm-reduction strategies, therapeutic integration, and healthy non-violent ways of working with individuals and communities engaged in altered states work. He is a life-long athlete having competed at various levels in more than a dozen different sports and currently competes as a Professional Athlete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling and teaches these martial arts in his local community. Because of his passion for warrior cultures of past and present, Shane has been ardently developing his own “Warriorship,” training in various forms of Martial Arts for 30 years. Shane feels that the self-discipline, the philosophy of non-violence, the innumerable mental and physical benefits, and the enjoyment that he gains from the Martial Arts is what helped drive his passion in the field of Psychology. His personal interest in Eastern Philosophy stems from his adoption of a Buddhist lifestyle and blends well with his training in Western Psychological Science. Shane operates a podcast called “Conversations With The Mind” in which he explores all facets of the human experiences of consciousness.

Nicole Sylvestre, MA, LPC

Nicole is an LPC, shamanic bodyworker, and plant lover. She is a therapist for the Phase 3 MDMA for PTSD study in Boulder, and also has a private practice focusing on the intersection of psychedelics, shamanism, and somatics. She is excited for the opportunity to support you all throughout this training.

Nancy Goodman, MA, LCSW

Nancy Goodman, MA, LCSW has been in private practice since 2002. Historically, she has specialized in perinatal mood disorders and maternal mental health, working with new and growing families. In the last decade she has shifted her practice to supporting adults (and very aware adolescents!) as they recover from trauma of all sizes and origins. She believes in finding ways to allow our emotions, old beliefs and energies to move through our bodies in order to free our hearts and minds from reactive suffering. To that end, she uses EMDR, heavy on somatic processing, Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, and Internal Family Systems, also with a somatic focus. Nancy also uses the wisdom from the Enneagram system which she has been studying (and geeking out on) since 2003.

Justin Dentry, MS, LPC

Justin Dentry has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Denver Colorado since 2010. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s degree in Counseling from The University of Southern Maine. Justin’s career started out working with at-risk youth and their families in residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers and the juvenile justice system. Justin is Hakomi certified and has been doing trauma focused somatic work with adults since 2015. Justin weaves Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR in his work with clients with trauma and developmental trauma. Justin is a 2021 graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research program. In 2021 he completed the MAPS program for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. Justin has been providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in his private practice for the past 4 years and was also a teaching assistant in the first IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy cohort. Justin has a nuanced view of psychedelic healing work weaving relational and somatic interventions with a reverence for trusting the collaboration between the spiritual nature of the medicine and the inner healer that is present in all of us. 


Dan Ronken is a licensed professional counselor and licensed addiction counselor with over 10 years experience. As a person in long-term addiction recovery himself, Dan believes that people have the right to recover on their own terms and that there are many paths to addiction recovery. Dan’s mission is to inspire and offer hope for people suffering from addiction and for those who want to deepen their recovery. To educate and introduce individuals in the recovery community to the many paths of healing, Dan hosts a YouTube Channel on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Addiction Recovery related topics, https://www.youtube.com/danronken.

Frederick Barrett is a cognitive neuroscientist with training in behavioral pharmacology, and the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. Dr. Barrett has been conducting psychedelic research at Johns Hopkins University since 2013, and his research in healthy participants and in patients with mood and substance use disorders focuses on the psychological and neurological mechanisms underlying the enduring therapeutic and other effects of psychedelic drugs. In 2017, he received an NIH “R03” grant as Principal Investigator to investigate biological mechanisms of psilocybin effects, the first federally funded research since the 1970s administering a classic psychedelic to people with psychedelic effects as the primary focus. He has developed measures of subjective effects of psychedelic drugs, and has also published first-in-human studies characterizing the acute and enduring effects of psilocybin on the brain. He is currently leading clinical trials to investigate the use of psilocybin to treat patients with major depressive disorder and co-occurring alcohol use disorder, and he is leading a number of ongoing studies aimed at better understanding the psychological, biological, and neural mechanisms underlying therapeutic efficacy of psychedelic drugs.


Torsten Passie MD, MA is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at Hannover Medical School and visiting scientist at the Goethe University Franfurt/Main (Germany). He studied philosophy, sociology (M.A.) at Leibniz-University Hannover and medicine at Hannover Medical School. His medical dissertation was on existential psychiatry. He worked at the Psychiatric University Clinic in Zürich (Switzerland) and with Professor Hanscarl Leuner (Göttingen), the leading European authority on hallucinogens. At Hannover Mefdical School he directed the Laboratory for Neurocognition and Consciousness and did extensive research on altered states of consciousness and their healing potential, including research with hallucinogenic drugs (cannabis, ketamin, nitrous oxide, LSD, MDMA, psilocybin). He is a recognized expert on the pharmacology and therapeutic use of psychedelics. His publications appeared in Journal of Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychobiology, Addiction, CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics and others. Some of his books are The Pharmacology of LSD (2010), Healing with Entactogens (2012), The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics (2019) and The history of MDMA (2021).


Dr. Sara Lewis, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Chair of Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, where she also serves as Faculty Director for Psychedelic Studies. Her book Spacious Minds: Trauma and Resilience in Tibetan Buddhism (Cornell Univ. Press, 2019) investigates how Buddhist concepts of mind shape traumatic memory and pathways to resilience. Sara has also published research on ayahuasca and spiritual emergencies. She provides psychedelic preparation and integration work in her private psychotherapy practice in Boulder, CO.


Mariel Buqué, PhD is a Columbia University-trained licensed psychologist, holistic mental health expert, and sound bath meditation healer. Her work centers on helping people heal their whole selves through holistic mental wellness practices and on healing wounds of intergenerational trauma. She is also focused on delivering healing and anti-racism lessons and workshops, as she believes in the liberation of minds and of oppressive systems as necessary qualities of overall wellness.


Gregory Wells, PhD (he/him/queer) is a licensed psychologist based in San Francisco. He is a clinician and researcher in the field of psychedelic medicine and a supporter of cognitive liberty and decriminalization. He obtained his doctorate degree from UT-Austin and also holds a post-doctoral degree in clinical psychopharmacology. He currently works as a principal investigator and therapist on the MAPS-sponsored Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted therapy to treat PTSD. He was one of the founding members of Polaris Insight Center, a cutting-edge ketamine-assisted psychotherapy clinic in San Francisco where he served as CEO and CFO until his departure in 2021. Gregory has a long-standing interest in and deep respect for plant medicines, entheogens, and indigenous wisdom and healing practices. He is eternally grateful for the lineage of elders, ancestors, healers, and teachers who came before him, who taught him, and who make this work possible.


Gabby Agin-Liebes, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapy researcher. She has 10 years of experience working as a therapist and investigator on academic clinical trials with psychedelic therapy at New York University, Yale and UC San Francisco (UCSF). Her research has applied quantitative and qualitative methodologies to study the effects of mindfulness and psychedelics (e.g., psilocybin, mescaline) in the treatment of addiction, existential distress associated with serious illness, and PTSD. Her 2020 study, which found that psilocybin-assisted therapy was associated with improvements 4.5 years after treatment, garnered media attention in several global news outlets. She is currently a National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded research fellow at UCSF studying novel interventions for treating opioid addiction and chronic pain that target dysregulated emotion regulation and approach-avoidance processes. She is passionate about the equitable and ethical use of psychedelic medicines and in disseminating education about their benefits and risks. She is a founding member of the Equity in Psychedelic Therapy Initiative and holds a certificate in Intersectionality & Equity in Therapeutic Practices from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Gabby is also pursuing training to become a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.


Chris Stauffer, MD is dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Physician Scientist at the Portland VA Medical Center. They have been a Therapist and Study Physician for MAPS-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD and psilocybin-assisted group therapy for demoralization in long-term AIDS survivors. They are Co-PI of the Somatic Center Portland Expanded Access site for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Dr. Stauffer has a particular interest in exploring psychedelic medicines in combination with group therapy and in ensuring accessibility for marginalized communities.


Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist based in San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, religion and social justice. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines (http://chacruna.net, https://chacruna-la.org). She is Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is also co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-two books, two special-edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles.


Brooke Balliett, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, CA. Brooke has a passion for treating psychological, spiritual, emotional and relationship challenges through the development of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and recognition of the healing power we each inherently hold inside of us. From a framework integrating trauma work, developmental and transpersonal psychology, Brooke provides a range of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies including: MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD in clinical trials as a therapist supervisor and training assistant; Psilocybin Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression in clinical trials as a therapist; and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy as a therapist and clinical director. After over a decade of clinical service provision and program development in publicly funded community mental health centers across central Los Angeles, she co-founded the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy in 2019 as her offering to those seeking health within a limited system of accessible, effective care and as a commitment to furthering access to cutting-edge psychedelic treatments to heal individuals and the communities surrounding them.


Terence Ching, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale OCD Research Clinic. Terence received his PhD and Master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to moving to the United States, Terence received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology at the National University of Singapore. Terence has clinical and research interests at the intersections of OCD and clinical anxiety, trauma and PTSD, cultural diversity, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for difficult-to-treat mental disorders. Terence has also received training in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Sciences. Terence is invested in queering and diversifying psychedelic research and clinical programs. He is also dedicated to improving access to these spaces for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups, to empower them to collectively heal from cultural traumas and discrimination-related stress accrued from living in a racist and heteronormative world.

Robin Carhart-Harris moved to Imperial College London in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol, focused on the serotonin system, and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University, 2005. Robin has designed human brain imaging studies with LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and DMT, a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, a double-blind randomized controlled trial comparing psilocybin with the SSRI, escitalopram, for depression, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and a multimodal imaging study in first time users of psilocybin. Robin has published over 100 scientific papers. He founded the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London in April 2019, the first of its kind. In 2021, he was listed in TIME magazine’s ‘100 Next’, a list of 100 rising stars shaping the future. Also in 2021, he moved to University of California, San Francisco, becoming the Ralph Metzner Distinguished Professor in Neurology and Psychiatry. At UCSF, Robin will serve as Director of the new Psychedelics Division within the translational neuroscience Centre, Neuroscape.

For more than thirty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. Pollan is the author of eight books, six of which have been New York Times bestsellers; three of them (including his latest, How to Change Your Mind) were immediate #1 New York Times bestsellers. Previous books include Cooked (2013), Food Rules (2009), In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), which was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A revised, young readers’ edition of Omnivore’s Dilemma was published in 2015.  Pollan’s 2001 book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, also a New York Times bestseller was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com.  Pollan is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991).  An expanded edition of Food Rules, with original illustrations by Maira Kalman, was published in 2011. How to Change Your Mind was named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2018. In 2020 he published a new audio book titled Caffeine, available from Audible. In 2021, he will publish a book titled This is Your Mind on Plants.

A four-hour Netflix miniseries based on Cooked premiered in February 2016.  PBS presented a two-hour special documentary based on The Botany of Desire in fall 2009 and a two-hour documentary based on In Defense of Food was broadcast nationally in December 2015 and was nominated for an Emmy. Pollan also appeared in the Oscar-nominated 2008 documentary Food Inc., which was partly based on The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He is currently working on a four-part Netflix series based on How To Change Your Mind as well as a sequel to Food Inc.


Jaime received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Originally Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in a military family, Jaime has spent time in Europe, Central America, and many states in the US. He brings a unique blend of interpersonal, analytic and technical skills to his healing work and also provides services in Spanish.
Jaime heavily leverages his life experiences when providing services and employs an integrative approach heavily rooted in existential and transpersonal theories. This approach allows him to guide clients through the difficulties of life which often cause us to question the purpose or meaning of such experiences. Jaime has been described as someone with a warm and calm demeanor whose presence alone has been known to be a comfort to those who share his company.


A lifetime ago, Erin received a BA in psychology and a double minor in holistic health & wellness, and nutrition. She is a certified health coach, yoga, breath, and meditation instructor, and a self-proclaimed food nerd. A plant-fueled human, she’s a firm believer in seasonal, organic, real food. This naturally makes her an advocate against cruelty and abuse of any kind to animals, people, and nature. But please don’t worry, she’s not a preachy plant-eater. In fact, she’s very open to curiosity and conversation, and simply believes that we all could use a few more fruits and veggies in our lives, and a lot more kindness and compassion. Because she’s naturally curious about others, and enjoys conversations and helping people, she came to work for Integrative Psychiatry Institute early in 2020. Prior to that, she taught yoga, breathing, and mediation in both clinical and studio settings. Creating agile nervous systems is a passion, and an area outside family and friendships, where she finds purpose. Although after two decades of teaching, she [sort of] retired, now only teaching workshops privately for a select few clients. When not having conversations with people and teaching, you can find her snuggled up with her two amazing Rhodesian Ridgebacks, reading one of the 5 books she’s currently gotten herself into, cooking (sometimes not so successfully), or watching British mysteries. In the winter months, she’s an avid skier, and in the warmer ones, she’s riding her road bike, trying desperately to keep up with her husband who’s a semi-pro-cyclist, and her son, a burgeoning one, who will be entering and racing in U23.


Annie Mithoefer, BSN, is a Registered Nurse living in Asheville, NC. She was co-investigator on two of the MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials for individuals with PTSD and a pilot study treating couples combining MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. She is currently co-investigator in MT1, a protocol allowing MAPS-trained therapists to receive their own MDMA-assisted session, she conducts MAPS Therapist Trainings with her husband, Michael, and is a supervisor for Phase 3 therapists. She is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner and is trained in Hakomi Therapy.


Shannon Carlin, MA, LMFT, is the Directo