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MAPS Bulletin Winter 2013: 2013 Annual Report
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MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD: Canada

Principal Investigators: Ingrid Pacey, MD, and Andrew Feldmár
Location: Vancouver, BC (Canada)

This study has full approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB), Health Canada, and the U.S. FDA. Data will also be submitted to the FDA under IND #63,384.

An amended protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board on July 12, 2013, and by Health Canada on September 6, 2013. This study is now screening subjects.

Psychiatrist Ingrid Pacey, M.D., a distinguished Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, and psychologist Andrew Feldmár are the co-therapists leading the study.

$601,000 estimated study cost • $16,000 raised • $585,000 still needed

Please consider donating today to help this study.

Learn more about psychedelic research in Canada at mapscanada.org.

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Andrew Feldmár, M.A., Co-therapist

Andrew Feldmár was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1940, and arrived in Canada in 1957. He received is Honours B.A. In Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry from the Universiy of Toronto in 1962, and his M.A. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 1969. He has been in full-time private practice in psychotherapy since 1975, after a year's apprenticeship with R. D. Laing in London, England. He has been studying entheogens [psychedelics] since 1967. He supervises, teaches, lectures, and publishes both in North America and in Europe.

Video: Andrew Feldmár on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

Dr. Ingrid Pacey, MBBS, FRCP(C), Co-therapist

Dr. Ingrid Pacey comes from a Lithuanian family which migrated to Australia in 1949. She came to Canada in 1967 after completing medical school at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She received her psychiatric training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, graduating in 1972. While in medical school, she witnessed LSD psychotherapy in a psychiatric setting as part of her training. Her private practice in Vancouver became focused on psychotherapy for trauma survivors, particularly women who had been sexually abused as children. From 1987 - 1990, she trained with Dr. Stanislav and Christina Grof in Holotropic Breathwork. Over the next 14 years, she went on to pioneer the use of Holotropic Breathwork with trauma survivors, observing the special needs of people with PTSD when working in Holotropic Breathwork groups. Through this work she came to see the value of working with non-ordinary states of consciousness for people suffering from PTSD. Dr. Pacey continues to practice psychiatry in Vancouver, and she has lectured in Canada and the US.

Video: Ingrid Pacey on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

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