NYU School of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
Elizabeth Nielson is a psychologist with a focus on developing psychedelic medicines as empirically supported treatments for PTSD, substance use problems, and mood disorders. Dr. Nielson is a therapist on FDA approved clinical trials of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder, MDMA-assisted treatment PTSD, and psilocybin-assisted treatment of treatment resistant depression. Dr. Nielson sees clients in private practice for psychedelic integration and provides continuing education and training programs for therapists who wish to engage in integration of psychedelic experiences in clinical settings. Her program of research includes qualitative and mixed-methods projects designed to further understand of the phenomenology and mechanisms of change in psychedelic medicine, including the experiences of trial participants and of the therapists themselves. She has published and presented on topics of psychedelic therapist training, therapists’ personal experience with psychedelics, and including psychedelic integration in group and individual psychotherapy. Dr. Nielson presently serves as the Director of Education and Training at the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care program at the Center for Optimal Living in NYC.
The use of classic psychedelics in the treatment of alcohol use disorder dates to Hoffer and Osmond’s work with LSD in Saskatchewan starting in 1953. Initially seen as a way to safely induce a delirium tremens-like experience, LSD was tested in clinical trials and used in treatment programs for thousands of patients through the early 1970s, resulting in substantial but inconclusive evidence for its effectiveness. With increasing restriction of access to psychedelics for reach purposes, LSD research ceased in the […]more details
Nielson EM, Guss J (2018).
The influence of therapists’ first-hand experience with psychedelics on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research and therapist training
Journal of Psychedelic Studies, 2 (2), 64-73. doi: 10.1556/2054.2018.009.
Nielson EM, May DG, Forcehimes AA, Bogenschutz MP (2018).
The psychedelic debriefing in alcohol dependence treatment: Illustrating key change phenomena through qualitative content analysis of clinical sessions
Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 132. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00132. PMCID: PMC5826346.
Nielson EM (2016).
Substance abuse counselors’ recovery status and self-schemas: Preliminary implications for empirically supported treatment implementation
Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research, 5, 235982. doi: 10.4303/jdar/235982. PMCID: PMC5473661.
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