Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
“Psychedelics, Psychotherapy, and Change”
Is psychedelic therapy a useful tool for lasting change in adults? Specifically, can psychedelic therapy:
Repair malfunctions in natural development?
Speed up the natural developmental process?
Trigger immediate transformative change into novel areas?
What do we mean by change? Maturation? Development through a series of stages? What about transformation? Is change even the right goal for psychedelic therapy? Might release be a more appropriate objective?
To understand the process of personality development and how psychedelic therapy facilitates maturation, we return psychology to its origins in the study of the psyche, or soul, and outline a psychotherapy based on “psycheology” – a clinical philosophy based on development, not pathology, and focused on love, unity, and the perfect nature of the soul.
We will close with a discussion of the long-term implications for a society that embraces the psycheology worldview and integrates the mature use of psychedelics to facilitate psychospiritual development on the individual and societal levels.
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a psychologist specializing in psychospiritual development. He is a therapist, author, and public speaker with particular expertise in psychedelic psychotherapy. (A six-minute clip of Dr. Goldsmith’s “Fusion of Spirit and Science” can be found at: vimeo.com/751700).
Dr. Goldsmith has curated dozens of successful conferences and cross-disciplinary “meetings of minds” for corporations as well as the psychedelic community, including Horizons and this year’s MAPS Psychedelic Science conference. He is a founder of several discussion salons on integral philosophy, media, healing, and the future of society. He was a long-time affiliate with the Center for Policy Research at Columbia University and a co-founder of the Claremont Center for Applied Social Research.
Dr. Goldsmith has a (non-psychedelic) psychotherapy practice in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, NY and can be reached via his Web site, nealgoldsmith.com.
His book, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development, will be out in January (store.innertraditions.com/Product.jmdx?action=displayDetail&id=3632&searchString=978-1-59477-250-4).