The Challenge of Psychedelic Therapy


The Challenge of Psychedelic Therapy

How It Could Change Your Practice

September/October 2018


When Time magazine named Michael Pollan one of the most influential people of 2010, the author who profiled him describes being “Pollanized” by reading one of his books about the food industry. ­She’s referring to Pollan’s distinctive influence and authority as a voice in the culture, a widely respected writer whose thoroughness and integrity often profoundly challenges the worldview of his readers. The bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma, often cited as a pivotal work in changing our modern culture’s relationship with food, Pollan has now turned his attention to the mental health field with his most recent big-splash publication, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

That the book has had an impact and a reach beyond what anyone might have expected is both an indication of an evolving cultural receptivity to psychedelic experience and to Pollan’s ability to offer a compellingly comprehensive portrait of a growing movement that many believe could reshape the mental health field. In the Q&A below, he talks about the surprising impact his book has had, as well as the many challenges therapists face in integrating the lessons of psychedelic therapy into their work.

Psychotherapy Networker: How do you explain the level of attention your latest book has…

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