Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Offers New Hope for Treatment Resistant Mental Health Concerns in South Africa: How to Know If It’s Right for You?​

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In the year 2000, scientists at Yale University began exploring a specific psychedelic substance’s potential for helping people with treatment resistant depression. They discovered that by administering sub-anesthetic doses thereof, depressive symptoms were rapidly and significantly reduced. These findings were described by Thomas Insel, former head of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as ‘the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in fifty years.’ (Read more here: The Science And Benefits Of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy)

The difference between traditional therapy & psychedelic-assisted therapy

To gain insight into the contrast between Traditional Therapy and Psychedelic-assisted Therapy (PAT), envision the mind being like a block of clay. Through conventional therapy, new patterns and dynamics are crafted by chiselling away at the hard clay, though this can be a difficult and timely process, particularly when experiencing psychologically debilitating symptoms.

PAT, however, takes advantage of the psychedelic effect to heat the clay, thus making it easier to mould, shape, and modify patterns and dynamics to promote healing at a faster rate. It is important to recognise that while psychedelic treatments can have incredible healing effects, they are not a ‘silver bullet’ (an instant or guaranteed solution). 

Rather, the true benefits come from when the infusions are used as an adjunct to changing thought patterns, relationship dynamics, lifestyle and limiting negative behaviours. Insights without meaningful action don’t always lead to sustainable changes.

Who could benefit from psychedelic-assisted therapy?

In developing and refining Equanimity’s psychedelic-assisted therapy programme, we drew upon international best-practice and research to help those struggling with, among others:

  • Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Relationship Conflict

It can also help individuals who want to develop:

  • Greater self-awareness,
  • Emotional intelligence, &
  • Gratitude
  • Resilience against stress and burnout
Who would not benefit from psychedelic-assisted therapy?

Mental Health Contraindications

PAT is not suitable for individuals with:

Psychoactive effects pose the risk of worsening these conditions.


Medical Contraindications

PAT is also not suitable for individuals with a history of:

  • strokes,
  • seizures,
  • unstable cardiovascular diseases,
  • hypertension,
  • preeclampsia or eclampsia, &
  • brain injuries resulting in raised intracranial pressure.

Each client is screened by qualified healthcare professionals prior to starting our program to safeguard their physical and psychological wellbeing.

How to access safe, legal psychedelic-assisted therapy in South Africa

Many medical facilities in South Africa are starting to leverage psychedelic substances in the treatment of mental health concerns. At present, few offer programs that pair treatment with thorough preparation and post-infusion integration therapy; which is where more sustainable change can be achieved, according to recent research

Equanimity’s compassionate, experienced healthcare team tailors our Psychedelic-assisted Therapy program to meet individual mental health needs, while promoting healing and wellbeing

We recognise that this type of treatment program may not be helpful or suited to all people, and advocate for the responsible and ethical use of any treatment methodology.

Clients can, thus, expect:

  • a physical health screening with a medical doctor;
  • a psychological health screening, preparation, & intention setting with a psychologist;
  • infusion packages, administered & monitored by our expert clinical team, to suit each individual’s personal health needs, desired outcomes, and budget; and
  • an integration therapy session with a psychologist after every infusion. 
Equanimity Wellness Centre - Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Program Highlights

Each aspect of our holistic programme is tailored to enhance safety and care for our clients and to help clients integrate newfound insights into long-lasting adaptive changes in cognitive, behavioural, and relational patterns.

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Phone: (+27) 10 594 5850 OR (+27) 82 723 5723

Visit: Upper Grayston Office Park, Block B, 150 Linden Street, Sandown

Romy is a Counselling Psychologist who holds a Masters Degree from the University of Johannesburg. She has been the recipient of academic awards such as the Dean’s Merit List Award and the Golden Key International Honour Society for academic excellence in her postgraduate studies. Her areas of interest and expertise include, but are not limited to: gender and sexuality; depression; anxiety; trauma and abuse; bereavement and loss; adjustment and life transition difficulties; attachment and identity. Romy adopts an integrative approach to therapy, taking to heart the lived experience of each individual. She believes her clients are the experts of their own lives, and her goal is to facilitate healing, growth, and resilience by drawing on their inner strengths and resources.

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Welcome to the Equanimity Wellness Centre

Equanimity is a next generation, evidence-based wellness centre – located in Sandton, South Africa – that offers a scientific approach to psychedelic assisted therapy.

Our holistic psychedelic-assisted therapy program is underpinned by international best-practice and safely administered and monitored by suitably qualified medical professionals.

The benefit of the psychedelic experience lies in the therapeutic system within which it is grounded. Only with thorough preparation, careful attention to set and setting, a trusting therapeutic relationship and ongoing integration can we begin to tap the truly wondrous potential of these compounds.

We’ve drawn on decades of clinical experience to craft the journey of a lifetime, tailor-made to your personal biography, intentions and long-term vision.

Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30
Saturday 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday Closed
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