Imperial College London
Imperial College London
Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner is an assistant psychologist at the centre for Psychedelic Research at the Imperial College in London, who examines the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca for treating depression and anxiety and the mechanisms of action involved in ayahuasca’s therapeutic effects. Ashleigh has been conducting psychopharmacological research with ayahuasca as part of her MSc Psychology degree at the University of East London and is also a member of the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.
Her dissertation is focussed on investigating psychological mechanisms of change that may be implicated in ayahuasca’s psychotherapeutic effects for depression, anxiety and addictions. Her research has found that ayahuasca increases mindfulness and flexible thinking in both psychedelic naïve and experienced ayahuasca drinkers.
Ashleigh is also trained as a mindfulness meditation teacher and has assisted in ceremonies in Peru, leading mindfulness sessions developed to support preparation and integration. Alongside her studies she has also completed further training in embodied therapeutic practices and is interested in the interdisciplinary application of each of these varied approaches to the therapeutic use of psychedelics.
There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca for treating depression and anxiety. However, the mechanisms of action involved in ayahuasca’s therapeutic effects are unclear. Mindfulness and cognitive flexibility may be two possible psychological mechanisms. Like other classic psychedelics, ayahuasca also leads to an ‘afterglow’ effect of improved subjective wellbeing that persists after the acute effects have subsided. This period may also offer a window of increased therapeutic potential. This research explored the effect of […]more details
Centre for Psychedelic Research
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