None of the practitioners on this page provide Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (PAT). Under current Australian legislation this service is illegal outside of sanctioned medical trials.
However, with the attention these treatments are receiving, MMA is aware that people around Australia are choosing to pursue them outside of legal settings. The aim of this directory is to provide a resource to improve safety for those who are choosing to do so. Practitioners are able to provide professional advice within their scope of practice from a harm reduction perspective.
- Practitioners listed below have all undertaken our world class Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (CPAT).
- Practitioners work in a private capacity and are not employed by MMA.
- Practitioners may be trained as psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, counsellors, specialist physicians, social workers, occupational therapists, art/behavioural therapists, etc. and may be multidisciplined (including breathwork, CBT, EMDR, somatic therapies, tapping and more).
- Practitioners may charge different rates and your treatment may be eligible for a Medicare rebate or private health insurance rebates.
- Clients need to check this with the practitioner in advance.
- Clients need to determine whether a particular practitioner is suitable for their individual circumstances.
New South Wales
Byron Bay, 2481
Qualifications: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Neurolinguistic programming master practitioner, Psychosomatic Therapist, CPAT Graduate
Dr. Mario Alam is the founder of World Doctor and the creator of the RESET program and retreats. A qualified GP and holistic practitioner, Mario, sits on the advisory board of Mind Medicine Australia. Dr. Mario marries his training in Western Medicine with years of learning from greatest of spiritual teachers from around the world.
RESET is a unique transformative program that provides a simple yet powerful framework to safely let go of the densities of emotions held in our bodies that contribute to dis-ease and disempowerment. RESET encompasses various modalities from around the world including Soul Line TherapyTM, Psychosomatics, Neurolinguistics, Energetic Healing and Alignment.
p: 0419 622 426
Qualifications: MB BS, Psychiatry Registrar, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Addiction medicine, medical/radiation oncology, palliative care
p: 0439 945 042
Available for telehealth
Qualifications: M.Ed (Hons) in Pastoral Guidance, Diploma of Analytical Psychology (Zurich)
p: 1300 867 888
Qualifications: MB BS FRANZCP, CPAT Graduate
Dr Ted Cassidy is Co-founder, Executive Chair of the Board and Chief Medical Officer of Monarch Mental Health Group. He has been delivering innovative mental health treatment services for over 20 years, including TMS.
Dr Cassidy has worked extensively since 2014 in the field of developing next-step mental health treatments for patients with depression, anxiety and related mental health conditions. Dr Cassidy previously founded and owned The Hills Clinic group and hospital, the first purpose built private mental health hospital in Australia. From 2004 to 2017 he was the Medical Director, during this time more than 10,000 patients with Mental Illness were assisted in the Northwest of Sydney.
Monarch Mental Health Group has 25 clinics over Australia. Please visit their website to find a clinic closest to you.
p: 0428 830 985
Qualifications: Registered Nurse, remote area nurse, alcohol/other drugs counsellor, medicinal cannabis consultant, massage therapist, death/dying nurse, CPAT Graduate
Byron Bay, 2481
Qualifications: BA in Integrative Psychotherapy, Gottman Clinician Level 1, Adv Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Dip Relationship Counselling, somatic psychotherapy, gestalt, psychodynamic, emotion focused therapy, eco psychotherapy, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Entheogenic integration relationships, grief, anxiety, transpersonal, spiritual emergence, psycho-dynamic, client-centred psychotherapy
Samantha is a qualified Psychotherapist and the creator of The Byron Psychotherapist and co-creator of Akin Psychotherapy. For over a decade Samantha has been immersed in the practice and integration of understanding the connection between the psycho and the spiritual.
Samantha’s own journey has given her an understanding and a reverence for the intricacies of this human existence. She supports individuals and couples in navigating the complexities of life and uncovering old patterns and habitual ways of being.
p: 0405 488 850
Qualifications: Psychology Masters (Coaching Psychology) (Sydney University), CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Positive Psychology
Qualifications: CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Trauma, sexual assault, domestic/family violence, grief/end of life anxiety
Bondi Junction, 2022
Qualifications: Degree in Cultural Anthropology. Trained in Jungian Psychoanalysis and Transcultural Psychology & Psychotherapy. Research on Shamanism carried out in Nepal, Mexico and on the Gnawa’s trance rituals in Morocco (University of Urbino, Perugia and Rome, Italy). Integrated Breathwork facilitator. CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Jungian Psychoanalysis, Breathwork/Bioenergetics, Transcultural Psychology, Legal ethical and safe integration assistance following experiences of altered states of consciousness
Surfers Paradise, 4217
p: 0420 647 701
Qualifications: Bachelor in Psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and meditation, expressive therapies, trauma informed practice, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Somatic, mindfulness, humanistic, internal family systems, extensive experience with altered states of consciousness within legal contexts
Gus is a trained Psychologist, originally from Brazil, who has been calling Australia home since April 2012. With years of experience in psychological assessment and intervention, currently running a private practice on the Gold Coast, providing psychological service to adults and young people with a range of presentations: depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, among others.
Gus has a vast experience and special interest in treating trauma and its repercussions. In his spare time Gus enjoys sports, yoga, art and travelling. Gus is passionate about assisting people to go through change and transformation.
Astrid de Ruiter
p: 0401 624 757
Available for telehealth
Qualifications: MSc (Physics, minor in Environmental Sciences), Grad Dip Counselling (ACAP), Grad Dip Holistic Counselling, Post Grad Dip Psychology (QUT), MTIA/ UMASS Certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher, Level I training in IFS, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Somatic, mindfulness, humanistic, internal family systems
Astrid is a registered counsellor/psychotherapist (PACFA Clinical member) in private practice and an internationally certified Mindfulness teacher with over 15 years of experience. In their work, they draw on a combination of somatic, mindfulness, humanistic and IFS (Internal Family Systems) approaches.
p: 0883 572 348
Qualifications: Bachelor in Arts in Christian Counselling, Bachelor in Health Sciences, Honours in Psychology, Master in Psychology (Clinical) Adelaide University
Specialisations: Interpersonal Neurobiological approach, Trauma-informed practices, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
Paula began studies with a B.A. in Theology/Psychology/Counselling, gaining a counselling qualification that saw the beginning of her work as a psycho-therapist in 2000. Paula then graduated with a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide and later attained AHPRA endorsement to practice as a Clinical Psychologist.
Paula has over 20 years of experience in providing psycho-therapeutic services, including education, within a variety of settings including schools, community agencies, government health and Child Protection. Paula currently runs a private practice within Connect Health Care, an integrated health care clinic. Her practice is undergirded by the commitment to support individuals as they discover their own dignity and personal empowerment. Paula’s therapeutic model is informed by a wide range of therapeutic frameworks and an integration of these to create an individually tailored model of care for each client.
p: 0402 303 763
Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science – Adelaide University, Masters of Chiropractic – Macquarie University, CPAT Graduate
Qualifications: BAppSc (Psych Honours), M Couples and Relationship Counselling, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Narrative therapy, schema therapy, inner child work, mindfulness/thought stopping, relaxation techniques, relationship building
Ascot Vale, 3032
Mental Health Clinician
Qualifications: BBSc (Psychology), Post Grad (Family Therapy), MASW, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR modality, emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, family systems therapy, somatic psychotherapy, acceptance/commitment therapy + TFCBT
Virginia has over 20 years’ experience as psychotherapist and consultant working with Individuals, couples and adolescents. Virginia feels strongly that in order for clients to gain the most from counselling, they must experience a safe and compassionate space to express themselves and work though their personal challenges, while also finding ways to enjoy the experience of personal growth and change that occurs in therapy, which can be both painful at times and challenging.
Virginia creates a space that is warm, non-judgemental and welcoming. She is passionate and committed to supporting clients to develop helpful strategies, skills and tools which they can then take away from sessions and bring into their lives to create the positive changes they want, or help clients to better deal with relationship or life difficulties they are facing.
p: 0481 083 644
Qualifications: Registered psychologist for 20+ years, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Process-oriented psychology, acceptance + commitment therapy, mindfulness, emotion focused therapy, schema therapy, interpersonal therapy, art/play therapy, equine therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy
Sue has worked internationally and in schools as a drug/alcohol counsellor and gambling/addiction specialist. She also has experience with trauma, couples, anxiety and depression, grief, etc.
p: 0450 357 159
Qualifications: Science Double Major: Human Biology & Anatomy; Human Movement & Recreation Studies, Post Graduate Diploma Psychology, Masters & Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Member of International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA, 1991), CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Addiction medicine, medical/radiation oncology, palliative care, mood/anxiety disorders, integration of mystical states of consciousness
Mark has worked in the government mental health sector for last 17 years, and previously managed a residential therapeutic community for complex/co-morbid substance abuse. He is a registered Medicare provider with significant experience in altered state integration work, including psychedelics, meditation and holotropic breathwork. Mark has a focused interest in the integration of spiritual and mystical experiences.
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Qualifications: BPsych(Hons), Graduate Diploma (Arts Therapy), Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (M. T.A.P), registered ‘Yoga Australia’ teacher, CPAT Graduate
Specialisations: Integration therapy, mindfulness, ecopsychology
I take a therapeutic arts-based companioning approach, held by the values of curiosity, trust, and emergence (grace). As a companion, I walk alongside, supporting the development of the inquirer’s own inner-knower/ healer through an attuned, curious attentiveness into lived and living experience. With loving respect for you and your path, I hold faith in its ultimate direction being one inseparable from healing and wholeness.
My therapeutic approach is mindfulness-based (bringing awareness to the present moment), underpinned by existential psychology (asking broader questions, exploring purpose & meaning), and rooted firmly in ecopsychology (exploring ways to deepen our relationship with earth and spirit to improve physical and mental health). My way of being with clients (inquirers) is loving and very direct.
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Beyond Blue: 1800 512 348
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Kids Helpline: (5-25 years): 1800 55 1800
Headspace: 1800 650 890