Bridging Ayahuasca and Psychotherapy - A new model for psychotherapeutic integration in the 21st century

Monday, May 7, 18:15 - 19:45, University of Zurich, KOL-F-118

Richard Furr


Ayahuasca is quickly becoming a global phenomenon. This is due in large to widespread reports of positive impact on participant's lives. However, coincidingly, it is becoming increasingly common for some participants to report psychologically harmful effects. Evidence of novel forms of Ayahuasca associated neurosis and psychopathology is emerging at an increasing frequency. Intercultural tensions arising from ethnocentrism are occurring, and many competitive and contradictory belief systems are circulating. The limitations of these traditional belief systems are becoming more apparent, and there is an increasing demand for an effective therapeutic model that transcends, and includes, the positive aspects of the traditional models used by indigenous cultures. This talk will explore the limits of native ritual models when seen in a global context. Utilizing elements from various fields (transpersonal psychology, developmental psychology, perinatal psychology, integral theory, systems theory, traumatology, and neurobiology), a new framework is presented to help assist facilitators, clinicians, as well as participants, understand the mechanisms fundamental to effective use and healthy integration of the Ayahuasca experience in the 21st century.