#2 - Dr Alana Roy: Why Psychedelic Medicine Offers New Hope

Dr. Alana Roy is a psychologist, mental health social worker, counselor, advocate, researcher, mindfulness meditation teacher, and therapist and has spent the last 13 years working in a broad range of settings including suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse, and family violence, and also the disability sector. Alana has dedicated much of her time to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines, providing integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia, and is the National Practice Manager for Psychological Services for Mind Medicine Australia.
Dr. Alana Roy is a psychologist, mental health social worker, counselor, advocate, researcher, mindfulness meditation teacher, and therapist and has spent the last 13 years working in a broad range of settings including suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse, and family violence, and also the disability sector. 
Alana has dedicated much of her time to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines, providing integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia, and is the National Practice Manager for Psychological Services for Mind Medicine Australia.

She works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students and passionately advocates for public policy, community education, and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a strong, connected, and skilled sector. Alana utilizes and offers a wide range of therapies in her practice including emotion-focused therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness and meditation approaches.

More recently, Alana has dedicated much of her time to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines, providing integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia, and is the National Practice Manager for Psychological Services for Mind Medicine Australia. She works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students and passionately advocates for public policy, community education, and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a strong, connected, and skilled sector.

Alana utilizes and offers a wide range of therapies in her practice including emotion-focused therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness and meditation approaches. 

Topics covered:
  • Current and future therapies and treatment options for mental health
  • Potential complementary effects of mindfulness meditation and psilocybin
  • Traditional rituals and practices for altering consciousness
  • The categorization of drugs in modern society
  • The default mode network - a brain network relating to self-referential processing that seems to be an important hub in mental illness, and much more.


Tommy Moore