Villaescusa, Manuel. An exploration of psychotherapeutic aspects of Santo Daime ceremonies in the UK. MSc in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy, Middlesex University, 2002.

Abstract:

This research explores the experience of participants in rituals organized by the Santo Daime, a Brazilian religious organization. These rituals involve the use of Ayahuasca, an Amazonian psychoactive brew traditionally used as a healing medicine in South America. The study used semi-structured interviews to explore the thoughts and attitudes of six participants of Santo Daime rituals in the UK. The findings highlight a number of themes addressed in the discussion as follows:· increased awareness· beneficial and negative effects · modification of values and behaviour· Ayahuasca as a teacher and as a discipline. Recommendations and considerations about the psychotherapeutic potential of Ayahuasca rituals will be offered to support the integration of this traditional healing medicine in Western psychotherapy practice.

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To get in touch with Manuel: mvillaescusa@wanadoo.es

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