Dott. Michele Metelli. Clinical Psychologist with specialization in Medical Anthropology. Born in 1983, after graduation, he is dedicated to psychological support to migrants, asylum seekers, victims of violence in the city of Milan and working as an ethno-psychologist in Africa, Middle East, South America and Southeast Asia. He works in private practice at his own studio, following an approach linked to the “depth psychology” (Analytical Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology). He founded the no-profit organization In Sé, based in Italy, that promotes psychosocial interventions of harm reduction e psychological treatment for addiction.
TITLE: Exploring previous psychedelic experiences in psychological treatment. An empirical study.
This work describes a clinical approach through some case studies in psychological treatment with patients that used psychedelics recreationally before treatment. Showing the therapeutic processes through phenomena as insights, emotions, themes, synchronicities, dreams, symbols; the intention is to analyze an integrated theoretical framework based on Analytical-Transpersonal-Ethno psychology, and several therapeutic tools used to maximize the benefit and to minimize the risks deriving from psychedelic experiences. In this context, the role of the psychologist is both to clarify the identity and cultural affiliations, and to amplify the inner experiences; with the intention of promoting the integral transformation of the person. The focus will be on Ego structure and on its dynamics, where Ego is understood as the integration of unconscious elements, both personal and collective, become possibile, through a therapeutic relationship. The purpose of the lecture is to introduce a discussion on clinical-theorethical inclusion of previous psychedelic experiences during psychological treatment, in order to improve therapeutic process, self-awareness and mental health in daily life.