Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy in Melbourne
Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, or PAT, is a relatively new form of therapy that has gained popularity in recent years. PAT involves the use of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, and MDMA to facilitate therapeutic experiences for individuals suffering from mental health issues such as depression and PTSD. A number of clinical trials have been conducted in recent years that suggest that PAT may be an effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions.
While Mindview Psychology does have a psychologist who has training in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, we are not currently able to offer this type of treatment due to the restricted availability of these substances and the need for regulations and treatment options to be fully developed. Still, some may find it helpful to seek the support of a therapist with knowledge of PAT for their ability to assist with the integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Please note: we do not encourage the use of prohibited substances for therapeutic purposes or otherwise unless they are administered legally under the supervision of trained medical professionals. Please be aware of the risks of taking psychedelics and see this page for more information and support around this topic.
From 1 July 2023, authorised psychiatrists are able to prescribe medicines containing psilocybin and MDMA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (MDMA) and treatment-resistant depression (psilocybin). This change means that Psilocybin and MDMA will be categorized as Schedule 8 (Controlled Drugs) medicines in the Poisons Standard for their specific uses. However, for all other uses, they will continue to be listed in Schedule 9 (Prohibited Substances), which limits their supply.
Currently in Australia, Registered Psychiatrists have the authority to prescribe MDMA and Psilocybin to treat individuals with depression and PTSD that have not responded to other treatment methods, however, these treatments are not currently available outside of clinical trials. As clinical trials progress, these medicines will likely become more available and the potential for a range of treatment options can be explored and developed.
Use of PAT in psychology
As the potential benefits of psychedelic substances in therapy become clearer, the role of psychologists in this field will become increasingly important. As these therapies become available in Australia, it’s likely that only highly trained and experienced mental health professionals will be allowed to administer them. Given psychologist’s expertise in delivering therapeutic care to individuals suffering the impacts of mental distress and disorder, it is assumed they will have a pivotal role to play in developing this new area of therapy.
The APS’s current position
- welcomes the emergence of safe, evidence-based treatment options to address the shortcomings of currently available medication options for individuals with mental health disorders
- is encouraged by the emerging evidence that has led to the FDA ‘breakthrough designation’ for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD, and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to manage treatment-resistant depression
- recognises that the psychological processes of change underlying the observed benefits is limited
- believes there is currently insufficient evidence for the APS to endorse the widespread adoption of psychedelic-assisted therapy, or other therapeutic options involving psychedelic substances
- requires positive evidence from Phase 3 clinical randomised control trials for this position to change
- requires data regarding the efficacy, safety, potential for abuse and tolerability of these substances in vulnerable patient populations.
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