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When Psychedelics Hurt: Psychedelic Unpleasant Experiences as a Pathway to Healing

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Gabor Maté, MD
1 Hour
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Jul 27, 2022
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Not all experiences with psychedelics feel good. It’s in fact common for people to experience some level of distress, and without proper guidance, these unpleasant journeys can leave people feeling more dis-integrated than they were before.

In this dynamic recording, Gabor Maté, MD, will present from research and his own extensive experience, ways to reduce the likelihood of harm from psychedelic use, and how negative or unpleasant experiences can be transformed into deeply meaningful and healing experiences. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners. For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.



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Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned speaker and bestselling author. Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

His Compassionate Inquiry approach draws from his professional work as a physician as well as his personal experience, having suffered trauma as an infant in Nazi-occupied Hungary, and his adult struggles with behavioral addictions, depression, and an ADHD diagnosis.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books published in more than 20 languages on five continents, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: Exploring The Stress/Disease Connection; and his newest book, The Myth of Normal.

Among other honors, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University, and the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction.

"Trauma is not what happens to us. It’s what happens inside of us as a result of what happens to us.”


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Gabor Maté receives compensation as a presenter. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Gabor Maté has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze key features behind common unpleasant psychedelic experiences.
  2. Evaluate ways that unpleasant psychedelic experiences have been traditionally worked with in historical contexts.
  3. Theorize four ways to discuss unpleasant experiences in ways that promote meaning making.


  • The most common unpleasant experiences from psychedelics and why they can happen 
  • The challenges of unpleasant psychedelic experiences 
  • The hidden ways unpleasant experiences can hold meaning and purpose 
  • Transforming unpleasant experiences into meaningful narratives 

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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