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Research Title:

An exploration of UK psychedelic psychotherapeutic practitioners’ perspectives and experience of psychedelic-assisted therapies (PAT)

psychedelic research

Principal investigator:
Yingchen Liu

About the researcher:

Having graduated MSc Psychological study in University of Glasgow, I am currently in my first year of doctoral training in counselling psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. This qualitative research is part of my doctorate curriculum.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Research objective:

This research is focused on understanding UK-based psychedelic psychotherapeutic practitioners’ attitudes and experiences with psychedelic-assisted therapies (PAT).

Research proposal abstract

There is increasing interest in the use of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes among policymakers, practitioners, and the general public. Research has highlighted the importance of ‘set and setting’ in these therapies, particularly the role of the therapist or guide and the patient-therapist relationship. However, there’s a gap in research focusing on the perspectives and experiences of psychotherapeutic practitioners in PAT. This qualitative study will use thematic analysis as it offers flexible and in-depth exploration of the data when looking for subjective experiences, perspectives, and opinions (Braun & Clarke, 2021). The research seeks to contribute the development of professional education and training in the field of PAT. Additionally, it aims to offer valuable perspectives and insights from practitioners based in the UK, especially in the context of the current professional environment.


I am currently conducting online interviews.

If you are a psychotherapeutic professional (i.e., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, therapists, nurses and those who has had further training in psychotherapy) who have experience in PAT work, and is based in the UK, please consider participation in this research. 

The participants will be prompted to share a comprehensive account of their perspectives and reality but only to share as much or as little detail as they feel comfortable sharing. The data will be screened and further anonymised prior to analysis to remove any identifiable details about the respondents’ role and/or institution.

Your participation is voluntary and would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you again for your support.

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