Elizabeth M. Nielson

Elizabeth M. Nielson, PhD, CASAC, is a psychologist at the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at The Center for Optimal Living where she specializes in individual and group psychedelic harm reduction and integration psychotherapy. Dr. Nielson received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden University and completed an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship at NYU. Dr. Nielson is presently a therapist on the phase 2 trials of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol dependence and of MDMA-assisted treatment of PTSD at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Nielson’s own program of research includes qualitative studies of patient experiences in psilocybin research trials, psychedelic therapists’ experiences and methods, and the historical use of LSD as a training experience for therapists.


Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy & Psychedelic Integration
With Drs. Andrew Tatarsky, Ingmar Gorman, & Elizabeth Nielson
(a 2-Day Pre-Conference Workshop of Beyond Psychedelics 2018)
June 18 & 19, Prague

Drs. Andrew Tatarsky, Elizabeth Nielson, and Ingmar Gorman present a 2-day workshop on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and psychedelic integration in clinical practice. IHRP brings together relational, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness strategies in a harm reduction frame of “starting where people are” and working in a collaborative alliance to create therapeutic plans tailored to unique people in unique relational, social, and political environments. After reviewing the 7 therapeutic tasks of IHRP we will discuss their application to both harm reduction and integration work with people who use psychedelics. Drawing on clinical research, we discuss the interaction of psychedelics and psychotherapy in creating a unique place for change to occur. Participants will have the opportunity to practice IHRP consistent integration skills and learn how to begin practicing psychedelic harm reduction and integration.

Workshop is organized in collaboration with Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program and The Center For Optimal Living.