Ben Sessa

Ben Sessa

Whistlers Green

The Psychedelic Renaissance: MDMA Therapy for Trauma and Addictions

The talk will describe the current state of affairs regarding international psychedelic research, including the global plans for Phase 3 MDMA-PTSD studies and the treatments underway in London using psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for depression. Then I will describe in greater detail our current MDMA Therapy study underway in Bristol, as a treatment for alcoholism. I will discuss the role of child abuse and trauma in long-term mental health problems, the lack of effects from current psychiatric prescribing (particularly SSRIs) and the lack of adherence to psychological therapies (such as CBT), as a justification of why MDMA represents the best, most innovative new approach to tackling chronic mental; disorders.

Ben Sessa, MD, is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in adult addiction services and with PTSD in veterans. Dr. Sessa is a senior research fellow at Bristol and Imperial College London universities, where he has worked on research with LSD and psilocybin and is now conducting the UK’s first clinical studies with MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of alcohol use disorder. He is author ofThe Psychedelic Renaissance.