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Laura Northrup (Inside Eyes): Psychedelics and Sexual Violence, Part 1

December 8, 2020

Psychedelic medicine is a powerful tool that can support the healing of survivors of sexual violence, however, the conditions of psychedelic therapy both above and below ground can also create trauma for those looking to heal.

Laura Northrup, a somatic psychotherapist, author, and podcaster is our guest for a two-part series on healing sexual violence with psychedelics and how to protect those seeking healing.

In Part 1, our conversation begins with addressing the issue of sexual violence in the psychedelic community. Laura shares resources on becoming truly trauma-informed and how practitioners can create a safe space during a psychedelic experience, including creating appropriate boundaries. We go over how to support someone if you are not professionally trauma-informed, and how to find a practitioner who is. We end with a discussion about supporting bystanders of sexual violence.

Laura is an author, educator, somatic psychotherapist, and podcaster. She is the host and creator of the podcast Inside Eyes, an audio series about people using entheogens & psychedelics to heal from sexual trauma. Her work focuses on defining sexual violence through a spiritual and politicized lens, mentoring healing practitioners in creating a meaningful path, and supporting the spiritual integrity of our collective humanity.

Disclaimer: This show discusses sexual violence so please go slow and take care of yourself.

Show notes



  • :10 - Addressing the issue of sexual violence in the psychedelic community
  • :16 - How to become truly trauma-informed.
  • :30 - How a practitioner can create a safe container during a psychedelic experience
  • :38 - How to support someone if you are not professionally trauma-informed?
  • :41 - Finding other practitioners and trainings
  • :48 -  Working with bystanders of sexual violence

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