1. Why did you take part in psycholysis? Did you have personal problems, were you in therapy or were you just curious?
I attended my first session after an encounter with Dr. Samuel Widmer almost twenty years ago. I come from a dysfunctional family and my life was reduced to the level of the purely mechanical.
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.
I had been seeing a counsellor for a few years before I attended my first session but it was only during that session that I was able to ‘let everything in’ and begin the grieving and healing process.
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 had a problem with boundaries – either they were too rigid or I did not respect other’s boundaries. What I have learned through psycholysis is to respect boundaries and to see where they are required. I have not experienced any abuse of power or transgression of boundaries in any of the sessions that I have attended.
4. Psycholysis, or rather the majority of the required substances are banned. What is your opinion of this ban?
Despite the ban on substances, substance abuse is a huge problem in society. From my experience with 12 Step Groups, the abuse of alcohol and legal and illegal drugs is a huge problem that has devastating consequences for families and children. To ban substances used in psycholysis that could help alleviate these problems is utter foolishness.
5. Do you have any further comments that you feel are important and not yet included in your answers to other questions?
I feel that anyone who chooses psycholysis must be willing to accept total responsibility for the consequences. These consequences arise as a result of finally being able to see ourselves, the state of our relationships and the chaos and suffering we continue to create in the world.
Dwight Aranha (47), Bookkeeper