91. Mind-Blowing Therapy: Innovative Clinician Combines Travel with Psychedelics | featuring Michal Cohen

91. Mind-Blowing Therapy: Innovative Clinician Combines Travel with Psychedelics | featuring Michal Cohen

This week's episode features Michal Cohen, a psychedelic therapist who helps clients through therapeutic cannabis ceremonies and ketamine therapy. Michal explains how she got into this unique work through trainings in alternative modalities like ganja yoga. She sees immense value in psychedelics for mental health based on her own healing journey. 

As a traveling therapist, Mihael has figured out how to guide clients before and after ketamine experiences even when she's abroad long-term. She shares tips for therapist-travelers like vetting accommodations for strong WiFi, researching destinations thoroughly, and staying flexible when plans change. Mihael aims to model a sense of adventure in navigating the inevitability of travel mishaps. She provides an inspiring example of how therapists can blend travel and online work successfully.

Michal grew up in a family that loved to travel! These early travel experiences shaped her to decide to pursue college in CA, even though she grew up in NJ. During college, she traveled to Aix-en-Provence for a semester abroad. Her experience as a student in France was so rewarding, she moved to Italy after graduating and lived there for a year teaching English. She then joined the Peace Corps and went on to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in both Madagascar and St. Lucia. It was her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer that led her to pursue a Master's Degree in Social Work at Columbia University. 12 years ago, Michal decided to make her home in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she offers online therapy and in-person psychedelic cannabis journeys. 

Michal loves working as an online therapist because it has allowed her to resume travel as a way of life. This past year, she spent 5 weeks in Mexico and she is returning there for another month in October. 

Her favorite travel quote is from the movie The Sheltering Sky: "We're not tourists. We're travelers... Oh. What's the difference?... A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.

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Episode Key Points: 

  • Michal models flexibility when travel plans change, approaching mishaps with a sense of adventure rather than frustration.
  • Michal entered psychedelic therapy through trainings in alternative modalities seeing immense value from her own mental health journey.
  • As a traveling therapist, Michal meets ketamine clients remotely before and after clinic experiences or guides at-home oral ketamine journeys.

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