Psilocybin, Depression, Synchronicity, Connectedness: Rosalind Watts, EP 241

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Psychedelics increase meaningful coincidences as psilocybin researcher Ros Watts tells us. Depressed clients treated with psilocybin experience increases in synchronicities but are sometimes bewildered and frightened by them. Psilocybin therapists also experience increases but are reluctant to talk about them.

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Our guest, as Clinical Lead of the Psilocybin for Depression Study at Imperial College London, and Clinical Director of Synthesis Institute, Dr. Rosalind Watts recognised the potential of psychedelic therapy, but also its risks and pitfalls, namely that the psychedelic substance can open the door, but real, long-lasting benefits depend on substantial integration support. She is now the founder and director of Twelve Trees Integration, a global community with online and in-person aspects to support people in the months and years after their psychedelic experiences.

Twelve Trees focuses on helping people build their connectedness to self, others and the natural world which is the mechanism that Dr Watts discovered to be underpinning the changes observed in her psilocybin for depression research, leading her to develop a psychometric tool for measuring connectedness (Watts Connectedness Scale (the WCS)’. Dr Watts co-founded the UK’s first psychedelic integration group, and is a consultant psychologist for Small Pharma, investigating DMT as a treatment for depression.

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Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at

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