Transformational Psychotherapy…… is an integral approach of understanding the nature of human existence from its molecular basis up to the level of phenomenal consciousness. As a transdisciplinary endeavor it bridges the gap between different epistemological perspectives such as molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, brain imaging, systems and information theory, psychology, philosophy of mind, epistemology and phenomenology of altered states of consciousness, mindfulness and deep ecology.
Transformational psychotherapy proposes a novel paradigm in consciousness research that bridges the gap between ancestral wisdom as expressed in indigenous traditions with contemporary neuroscientific and clinical evidence. Its therapeutic model is based on the existential need of human beings to express their individual potentials in the broader relational community of life. Ecological closure of interpersonal expression and reception is marked by increased psychological well-being through connectedness to self, others and nature.
Transformational Psychotherapy advocates a paradigm shift from substitution to transformation-based psychiatry: Mental disorders are not treated as purely isolated deficits in the biomechanics of the brain that have to be substituted by means of psychopharmacology on a daily basis but as complex homeostatic processes that deserve a therapeutic notion of transformation that facilitates neurobehavioral change.
BackgroundAfter many years of neuroscientific, psychological and philosophical studies into the nature of human consciousness, I discovered the ritual therapeutic use of psychedelic medicines such as ayahuasca, peyote, bufo alvarius, salvia divinorum and psilocybin on ethnobotanical expeditions to Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Psychoactive plants have been used in ritualistic contexts throughout human history for shamanic, therapeutic and psychospiritual purposes and offer exciting tools for the exploration of the molecular epistemology and phenomenology of consciousness.
Altered states of consciousness represent a novel epistemological category of knowledge: An intuitive, pre-logical and pre-verbal understanding through direct experience of pure consciousness and the interrelatedness of subjective experience and the surrounding world. Journeying through various levels of expanded awareness revealed experiential proof of epistemological concepts previously elaborated in my philosophical MA thesis (Scheidegger 2013): consciousness is a phenomenon deeply rooted in the ecology of nature as proposed by integrative thinkers such as Gregory Bateson. Such non-reductionist, panexperiential and integrative theories of consciousness have the capacity to resolve the conceptually misleading distinctions between mind and matter that pervade the history of rationalistic thought.
In a supportive setting, psychedelic medicines as non-specific amplifiers of subjective experience can provide astonishing insights into the nature of the human mind and facilitate transformational experiences with lasting therapeutic potential. Through enhancing adaptive neuroplasticity, cognitive flexibility, emotional learning, mindfulness-related capabilities and psychological well-being, psychedelic medicines may be a missing pharmacological key element towards integrative transformational healthcare.
MissionThe mission of Transformational Psychotherapy is to rediscover and further investigate the therapeutic potential of altered states of consciousness that form an integral part of human cultural evolution and to incorporate these transformational experiences into contemporary psychiatry and scientific world-views.
The journey into remote territories of the human psyche advocates an attitude of epistemological humility: Reality turns out to be an ever-changing dance of possibilities and calls for responsible and conscious co-creation from the subjective perspectives of our incorporated selves.
In the end, life differentiates along the intrinsic sensitivity for the conditions of its formative origin: The primordial sources of growth, affective resonance, and the sense of belonging from which dualistic manifestations express the non-dual tendency to communicate and interconnect with themselves.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to encourage the use of ethnobotanicals or psychoactive substances. Transformational 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.