Psychedelic Mushroom Psychotherapy W/ Irene Dubin || S.A.M. Talks

Mental health is slowly but surely getting the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, many of our solutions rely on pharmaceuticals that often have many side effects and little success in helping patients to feel better. So, what is the alternative? Well, a more holistic alternative approach is psychedelic mushroom psychotherapy. 

In this episode of StoneAgeMan Talks, Rob Nelson chats with Irene Dubin – a former pharmacist turned psychedelic psychotherapist – about how psychedelics are used in therapy: 

In short, Irene discusses her journey into the world of psychedelics and their therapeutic potential. She covers various aspects related to the use of psychedelics – focusing on psilocybin mushrooms – in mental health treatment.

Irene Dubin grew up in a family that appreciated integrative medicine – meaning treatment of ailments through both modern biomedicine and natural remedies. She studied to become a pharmacist and gained extensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals. However, through various events she was drawn to finding a more holistic approach to mental health. 

After reading up on the therapeutic potential of psychedelic substances, studying with a shaman, and eventually taking her own small-dose psilocybin journey, she knew that she could really help people through psychedelic mushroom psychotherapy.

Psychedelic Therapy

Irene emphasizes the importance of combining psychedelics with psychotherapy, and doing so with a therapist that you feel a real connection with. This approach involves an evaluation of the client’s mental health, intentions, and history, with a focus on treatment-resistant conditions such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She reminds the audience that these treatments take time, but psychedelics paired with professional therapy is an incredible tool for recovery. She also advocates for group psilocybin retreats, where you can share the healing journey in community. 

For those who are currently taking antidepressants or other medications, Irene recommends working with a healthcare professional to gradually taper off these drugs before undergoing psychedelic therapy. In some cases, it’s possible to use psilocybin alongside certain antidepressants, but not always recommended. This is another reason for why it is important to work with a professional. 

Irene also highlights the potential benefits of microdosing with psilocybin. Microdosing is an option to help others gain a better understanding of how the substance affects them, especially if they are nervous to try a macrodose of magic mushrooms. 

Overall, Irene clarifies that psychedelic therapy has helped many people on their mental health journey and encourages those considering psychedelic therapy to consult with a professional. She really emphasizes the importance of proper and professional therapy before and after trying magic mushrooms. All in all, with the right guidance, psychedelics are an amazing tool that can really help people to get better!

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Kirstynn Joseph

Kirstynn Joseph

Kirstynn is an Ecologist and Science Communicator with a passion for nature, writing, science, and conservation. She was born in Yukon Territory, and is currently living in Ecuador, where she is working on various projects and exploring as much as she can before she figures out the next big adventure. For now, her main goal is to share the wonders of our big mysterious world with as many people as she can.