Evaluation of healing potential of ayahuasca on psychopathology and general well being
Even though the “official” treatment modalities such as medicine and psychotherapy are not considering ayahuasca to be of healing value, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that ayahuasca may be useful to treat substance use disorders, anxiety and depression, PTSD and other issues. A following study will therefore focus mainly on the influence of ayahuasca on psychopathology and general well being. In the study we are focusing on the similarities between ayahuasca experience and psychotherapeutic process. Two groups of participants are included in the study: a group of people, undergoing ayahuasca experience for the first time and a group of people, who allready had at least on ayahuasca experience. We have started the research in september 2015 and will finish it in december 2016. There will be minimum 40 participants included in the study. We will use semi structured interviews and CORE outcome questionnaires, with the follow up of 1, 3, 6 and 12 months.
I graduated from Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, Slovenija in 1999. In 2000 I started working at Association DrogArt (NGO for harm reduction of drugs and alcohol in nightime settings). I worked there for 10 years as an outreach work coordinator and counsellor. In april 2015, I became IIPA certified psychotherapist. I’m also a certified Brainspotting psychotherapist. Currently I work as a psychotherapist with drug users and in trauma patients. I was a researcher in three national studies on the use of party drugs in nightime settings and in a national study on the use of NPS in Slovenija.