My philosophy is holistic, taking into account the biological, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of healing. Ibogaine can affect every realm of our experience in powerful ways, shifting how we relate to our bodies, our environment, and our personal stories. As a result, I am generally diagnosis-resistant, focusing on what is new emerging and encouraging my clients to anchor that in new personal rituals, nourishing practices, and support networks.
My coaching is informed by the perspectives of harm reduction, neurodiversity, and spiritual emergence as they relate to substance use and other challenges that many of us face in our lives. These are perspectives earned through my own work with ibogaine, and through hundreds of treatments over the past 10 years in ibogaine therapy and research.
I am a counselor and consultant that has been working with iboga and ibogaine in both clinical and ceremonial contexts in Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica since 2009. I have been part of hundreds of detox treatments with people going through various treatment protocols, and have also coached people through long-term micro-dosing protocols for everything from depression and anxiety to neurodegenerative disorders.
I used to serve as the Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA), during which time I led the development of the Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification, a risk management guide that remains a standard in the field. I organized three international conferences on ibogaine therapy in Vancouver, Canada (2012); Durban, South Africa (2014); and Tepoztlán, Mexico (2016). I have collaborated with researchers in the fields of psychology and biochemistry, published peer reviewed work and other articles about ibogaine therapy, and have presented at numerous conferences internationally.
In 2014, I was initiated into a Dissoumba/Fang tradition of Bwiti in Gabon, which has had a major influence on my life. My experience there later inspired research during my psychology studies at Sofia University into the varieties of experiences that people have taking ibogaine in various contexts and how this is integrated physically and emotionally. Throughout all of this I’ve been inspired by ibogaine’s potential to shift worldviews and the stories that we tell about ourselves in powerful ways. Ibogaine is by no means always an easy journey, and I’ve been honored to be able to support people on this path.
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Ceiba is the name of a genus of flowering trees native to the subtropical regions of the Americas and West Africa where it is often considered sacred. For the Maya in Southern Mexico and Central America, the ceiba symbolizes the axis mundi, the doorway between the underworld, the earth, and the sky. In branches of the Bwiti tradition in Gabon, the ceiba plays a special role as the place where banzis announce their intentions to the forest and their ancestors at the beginning the initiation process.