1. Why did you take part in psycholysis? Did you have personal problems, were you in therapy or were you just curious?
Therapy was always something for people too weak to deal with the problems of life and so therapy was something that was not for me. How was my mental condition? I was in a very dangerous position, feeling emotionally empty with daily thoughts of ending my life, yet convinced I didn’t need help. On the outside I was functioning as normal, on the inside life had lost its meaning and it no longer mattered if I lived or if I died. From a position of hopelessness, the thing that kept me going was the search for something new. When a friend suggested that psycholysis might help me, it was the novelty that overcame my resistance to therapists and therapy.
2. If you were having problems, to what extent did psycholysis help you to overcome these problems? How was it different to other forms of therapy? If you were not having problems, how has the experience influenced your current life.
My first psycholytic experience changed something in me. I felt emotionally alive in a way that I had lost years before and though this first experience faded with time, it was a foundation on which I could build. Over time, psycholytic therapy brought me in contact with memories that I had suppressed since childhood, with emotions that as a child were too powerful for me to process, with the hate and subsequently love for my parents that I had resisted all these years. I subsequently tried therapy in other contexts and it was always helpful to an extent, but nothing has ever proved as powerful and life changing as psycholysis.
3. One reads time and again that psycholysis equates to abuse of power, transgression of boundaries and charlatanism. How do you see this based on your own personal experience?
I think that abuse of power, charlatanism, and to a lesser extent transgression of boundaries are always issues in therapy, because so much of therapy is done outside of a context of love and is instead based on academic ideas delivered in a routine way. My experience is that psycholytic therapy is genuine, effective and respects the client/patient in a way that is sometimes lost in the delivery of other forms of therapy. Many psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists are practicing without ever experiencing therapy themselves as a client/patient. I would like to see all professionals practicing therapy undergo a course of psycholytic therapy, so that they could understand what is this new and powerful form of therapy and also have the opportunity to work in depth on their own issues before they enter their practice as therapists. That would end much of issues, such as abuse of power, charlatanism and transgression of boundaries, wherever they occur in therapy in general.
4. Psycholysis, or rather the majority of the required substances are banned. What is your opinion of this ban?
The ban reflects the widespread anxiety in governments and among health professionals about the possible consequences of allowing citizens the freedom to take responsibility and live in a way that they feel is best. This fear is so deep that the evidence about the effectiveness of psycholytic therapy is often ignored, and the key issue of how best to improve the health of the citizens becomes lost in the politics of government, health systems and academic institutions.
5. Do you have any further comments that you feel are important and not yet included in your answers to other questions?
Psycholytic therapy saves lives! What is happening is a scandal! There are people unnecessarily living lives of misery as result of abuse or other forms of trauma (eg. War veterans) who could be helped today if health professionals and authorities worked together in a way that reflected the urgency of the problem. Psycholysis in a broader context can change lives for the better, it can allow us to see how we can begin to live in harmony with each other and with the ecology and planet that supports our daily lives. It might even be the trigger for a movement that could save mankind from its current path of self-destruction. What is happening is a scandal of fear and ignorance and needs to stop.
Trevor Goode (60), Houseman, Au-pair