… is a novel process-oriented approach with a focus on holistic mental health: it intends to provide alternatives to widely used symptom- and substitution-oriented treatments in psychiatry, which have shown only limited efficacy.
… advocates a paradigm shift from substitution to transformation-based psychiatry: it is less focused on specific symptoms and their substitution by means of psychotropic drugs, but rather aims at directly resolving underlying maladaptive processes.
… is based on the therapeutic notion that transformative experiences are adaptogenic by enhancing brain plasticity, psychological flexibility, mindfulness and psychotherapeutic learning capabilities. Sustainable therapeutic outcomes may be reached by empowering the innate dynamic capacity of the patient to access more adaptive states of consciousness.
… addresses the basic existential need of human beings for reconnection with the broader relational community of life. Deep ecological closure through relational embeddedness is marked by psychological growth and well-being through connectedness to self, others and nature.
Psychointegrative plants such as ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms or peyote cactus have been used in ancestral medicinal traditions throughout human history to facilitate personally meaningful transformative experiences.
Clinical evidence shows that psychedelic medicines have the potential to accelerate psychotherapeutic change processes in supportive settings and resolve mental health problems related to anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress and addictive behaviors.
From a philosophical perspective, psychedelic medicines as non-specific amplifiers of subjective experience provide astonishing insights into the nature of the human mind and offer exciting tools for the exploration of the molecular epistemology and phenomenology of consciousness.
The mission of transformative psychotherapy is to rediscover and further investigate the therapeutic potential of altered states of consciousness that form an integral part of human cultural evolution.
The vision of transformative psychotherapy is to translate results from pharmacology, neuroscience, psychotherapy and consciousness research into innovative evidence-based clinical practice with promising societal impact.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to encourage the use of ethnobotanicals or psychoactive substances. Transformative Psychotherapy specifically cautions against the use of psychedelics in violation of the law, without appropriate professional guidance and monitoring, or without careful personal evaluation of potential risks and hazards.