Psychedelics and Psychotherapy
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Stillpoint Spaces Berlin
Hobrechtstrasse 66, Vorderhaus EG
Sociology has usually distinguished between three different uses of psychedelics, namely ritualistic or sacramental, therapeutic, and hedonistic. While allowing for a basic orientation and strategic political argumentation, these seemingly fundamental distinctions need to be questioned if therapy wants to maintain not only a connection to the spiritual experience, in a broad sense, but also if it wants to recover the political dimension of hedonism as a practice and worldview, by tapping into its therapeutic as well as entheogenic potential.
Starting with a brief history of the use of LSD in therapy, from the psychotomimetic speculations of its manufacturer to the debate over psycholytic vs. psychedelic doses to the moratorium on research, and the current reemergence of clinical trials, this historical overview will be followed by a diachronic survey of the clinical conditions that appear to respond favorably to psychedelics (depression, addiction, anxiety, eating disorders etc.).
In the end, we will ask: which legislative changes are we meant to support, in our pursuit of a vision for future use of psychedelics that take into account both their therapeutic potential and their impact on self-development beyond the clinical?
Prof. Dr. Kai Hammermeister is a psychoanalyst, philosopher and writer. He lived and taught in the U.S. for 25 years before opening his private practice in Berlin. One area of specialization for him is psychedelic integration counselling.
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