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Episode 83: Women and Psychedelic Medicine with Dr. Gita Vaid and Dr. Kelley O'Donell

Episode 83: Women and Psychedelic Medicine with Dr. Gita Vaid and Dr. Kelley O'Donell

In the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing the different live talks from the Sensing Woman: A multisensory event that took place at C24 Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, five days of Art by 50 contemporary visual artists, along with conversation, storytelling and music – altogether around the future of being female. 

The first in this series is about Women and Psychedelics, this panel is led by the Rose Woman Christine Mason with Gita Vaid, M.D., and Dr. Kelly O'Donell. Our guest speakers have been not just researching psychedelic-assisted therapy but have found it to be a successful tool for treating depression in some patients. 

Listen in and learn how psychedelics have the potential to shift how we view and manage our mental health. 

In this episode, we cover:

  • What is MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and its mission?
  • To whom are these useful?
  • Session experience stories 
  • Healing from trauma and suffering
  • Nature of consciousness and relationship to medicines
  • Different effects of psilocybin and ketamine in patients’ use   


Helpful links: 

  • Gita Vaid, MD - Gita Vaid, MD is a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing ketamine assisted psychotherapy in New York City. She is a co-founder of the Center for Natural Intelligence, a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to psychedelic psychotherapy innovation and clinical practice. Dr Vaid completed her psychiatry residency training at NYU Medical Center, psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. She trained as a fellow in clinical psychopharmacology and neurophysiology at New York Medical College and completed a research fellowship at NYU Medical Center. Dr Vaid serves as the Director of Psychedelic Awareness at The Chopra Foundation and is on Faculty at The Ketamine Training Center. Follow her on Instagram @gitavaid
  • Dr. Kelly O’Donell - Board-certified psychiatrist, psychedelic researcher, and Director of Clinical Education at the NYU Langone Center for Psychedelic Medicine. he is the a lead therapist and clinical supervisor on a number of trials of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (including psilocybin and MDMA) for a variety of therapeutic applications. She is also on the faculty of the Polaris Insight Center ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) training program, where she teaches in a module on Advanced Topics in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. Follow her on Instagram @mandorlawellness
  • Rick Doblin, Ph.D.- Founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
  • Tommy Rosen - Founder and CEO of Recovery 2.0
  • Bob Thurman - A talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings and the first Westerner Tibetan Buddhist monk ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Check out these past episodes:

  • Episode 5: Dr. Cat Meyer talks Trauma, Attachment, Pleasure and Relating
  • Bonus Episode: Healing the Maternal Line Practice
  • Episode #23: Would You Hire a Sexual Healer? with Guest Adam Hunter Bauer
  • Episode #31: Healing Collective Trauma - (Part 1 of 3)
  • Episode #32: Collective Healing in Women (Part 2 of 3)
  • Episode #33: Collective Healing of Nature and Spirit (Part 3 of 3)
  • Episode #55: Extraordinary Awakenings with Steve Taylor
  • Episode #73: Bearing Witness Series: Religion and the Feminine
  • Episode #70: Finding Freedom: Tantra Massage, Ice Plunges and Psychedelics with Sukkhadas
  • Episode #74: Bearing Witness Series - Clergy Sexual Abuse with Sandy Phillips Kirkham
  • Episode #75:  Bearing Witness Series -   Our Bodies, Their Battlefield with Christina Lamb


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