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dc.contributor.authorHildebrandt, Scott
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-07T01:15:08Z
dc.date.available2021-12-07T01:15:08Z
dc.date.issued2021-11-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11803/1591
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I explore the use of psilocybin-assisted therapy while working with cancer patients and individuals struggling with treatment-resistant anxiety, depression, and substance use. Current methods of treatment for these populations have had limited success and new research in this area is limited. Psilocybin-assisted therapy is a novel and unique form of treatment that approaches these issues from a new perspective with research-supported efficacy. Individuals who have experienced psilocybin-focused treatment report experiences that are life-changing and persist over long-term follow-ups in the research. Experiences that are reported as mystical-like or spiritual in nature are correlated with more significant improvement in the studies. Psilocybin can act as a brain 'reset' for individuals with rigid thinking, rumination, and those who feel pessimistic that positive change is possible. Psilocybin-assisted therapy could also be used as an alternative to pharmacological treatments based on the evidence of minimal side effects and continued impact months after a single high dose therapeutic session. There is also a movement towards the use of psilocybin in a positive psychology approach to work with individuals in a preventative manner. My research in this area will draw attention to an evidence-supported treatment alternative that needs to be part of the therapeutic conversation. As the knowledge of psilocybin-assisted therapy evolves and moves away from previous stigmatized understandings, therapists and policymakers can now shift towards how it is helpful and an innovative way to work with treatment-resistant individuals that have suffered in silence for too long.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.rightsopenAccess
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
dc.subjectHallucinogensen_US
dc.subjectPsychedelicsen_US
dc.subjectPsilocybinen_US
dc.subjectPsilocybin-assisted therapyen_US
dc.subjectTreatment-resistant disordersen_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectCanceren_US
dc.subjectAnxietyen_US
dc.subjectSubstance useen_US
dc.titleThe Forgotten Past Inspiring the Future: Revisiting the Potential of Psilocybin Therapyen_US
dc.typeCapstoneen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCounselingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorCity University of Seattleen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts Counselingen_US
cityu.schoolSchool of Health and Social Sciencesen_US
cityu.siteVancouver, BCen_US
cityu.site.countryCanadaen_US


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