I recently had the honor of being a guest on a podcast where I delved into the world of psychedelic-assisted therapy and its intersection with anti-oppressive practices. While this wasn’t my first time discussing these topics on air, it marked the first occasion where the conversation took an intriguing turn—connecting feminism with psychedelic-assisted therapy, specifically exploring the common ground of liberation.
As a black woman in the field, I can’t help but acknowledge the historical disparities within the feminist movement. However, present day, when I think of feminism, the essence revolves around autonomy—having agency over one’s body and choices. It’s about fighting to dismantle barriers, systemic structures, laws, and governments that perpetuate inequality. The feminist movement, in its truest form, advocates for a world where everyone, irrespective of gender or background, can thrive.
The podcast discussion prompted me to articulate the connection between feminism and psychedelic-assisted therapy. For me, both concepts intertwine through the thread of liberation. Psychedelic therapy, as a tool for liberation, has the potential to break down mental and emotional barriers, allowing individuals to explore and reclaim their autonomy.
Drawing inspiration from the late Bell Hooks, who ardently believed and wrote a book entitled “Feminism is for Everybody,” I resonate deeply with this sentiment. Feminism, like psychedelic therapy, is a force for universal liberation, transcending boundaries and creating space for diverse voices and experiences.
Being challenged with the question on the podcast allowed me to reflect on the profound connections between feminism and psychedelic-assisted therapy. It reminded me of the power inherent in these practices to challenge the status quo and pave the way for personal and collective freedom.
Participating in the podcast was not just an honor but a platform to share insights into the incredible potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. I hope that these conversations contribute to a broader understanding and, ultimately, wider access to this transformative medicine. It’s about spreading the word, breaking down barriers, and ensuring that the benefits of psychedelic therapy are accessible to everyone, not just a select few.
I am forever grateful for opportunities like these that allow me to contribute to the discourse around psychedelic-assisted therapy, fostering a world where liberation is within reach for all.