Ben Sessa



Psychedelics, Psychology
Dr. Ben Sessa is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working in adult addiction services. He is also a key player in the evolving world of psychedelic psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. In his keynote address, he discusses the role of childhood trauma in addictions. He also speaks to how MDMA selectively inhibits the fear response, why mystical experiences occasioned by psychedelics can help people break out of abusive patterns, the challenges inherent in working with at-risk populations, and why he recommends a multi-factorial approach to modern psychiatry. Dr. Ben Sessa is a psychiatrist from the United Kingdom, and currently a senior research fellow at Bristol, Cardiff and Imperial College London Universities, where he is conducting the UK's first clinical studies with MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence syndrome. Ben and I spoke at length about the current state of psychedelic psychotherapy, exploring topics such as success rates for clients, how to work with trauma in a psychedelic state, whether depression is in fact treatable by this method, ego loss, shedding negative personal narratives, and much more. He is a stupendous voice of reason and is very much poised on the cutting edge of clinical research in regards to the sanctioned use of psychedelics for healing.