Andrea Zeuch

Andrea Zeuch

Andrea Zeuch

Dr. Zeuch is a medical doctor with a specialization in Emergency Medicine living and working in Berlin. Her fields of experience also include Surgical trauma care, Anesthesia and Intensive Care. Her interests in non-ordinary states of consciousness range from states induced by Somatic illnesses and Psychiatric disorders to Yoga, Trance induction, Holotropic Breathwork and Psychedelics. She is a member of FINDER, a non-profit organization dedicated to new models of prevention including an integrative approach to Psychedelic experience, and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Additionally, she is training towards a certification in Holotropic Breathwork and is a recent member of the Suisse Association for Psycholytic Therapy (Säpt).


TITLE: A mile in your shoes – how doctors from Somatic medical fields can benefit from Psychedelic self-experience as well as Mental health professionals

The potential use of Psychedelics as tools of self-experience for Mental health professionals, especially Psychiatrists, has been a core idea of Psychedelic Science right from the beginning. Named „Delysid“, LSD was marketed for the induction of so-called „Model-Psychosis“ in 1949 already. Based on the assumption that living through Psychosis-like states of Consciousness would better the therapist’s understanding of their patients’ inner worlds and thereby enhance their therapeutic abilities.

In hospital settings, non-ordinary states of consciousness are not exclusive to Psychiatric wards, but are also common in Somatic fields of medicine. Dementia as a comorbidity in elderly patients, acute Delirium in ICU patients as a consequence of physical trauma or substance abuse are just a few examples of these processes. In this presentation, the potential benefit of Psychdelic self-experience for doctors from the Somatic disciplines will be explored and a connection to more recent concepts such as Spiritual Emergencies will be highlighted.