Ayahuasca Podcast Therapy

PEX#3 – Rachel Harris, PhD – Ayahuasca and psychotherapy

Written by Tim Cools

In this episode, Tim Cools talks with Rachel Harris, PhD and author of the Book Listening To Ayahuasca.

  • Rachel’s background
  • The Esalen Institute in the late 60s
  • The importance of mentorship
  • Behavioral Medicine Research
  • Psychedelic integration
  • Family of origin
  • Insights vs behavioral change
  • Veterans and integration
  • Rachel’s work as a psychologist
  • Grandmother Ayahuasca tells to do the clinical research
  • Psychedelic Aboriginal Paintings
  • The Spirit Of Ayahuasca
  • The process of discernment
  • The study of shamanism is at least 7 years
  • Ask the same question 3 times
  • The role of a therapist in the integration process
  • Psychedelic Psychotherapy
  • Using therapy wrongly with psychedelics
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Test
  • The jaguar as a power animal
  • More crazy shamanic jaguar stories
  • Where to go for psychedelic therapy
  • The therapist’s work

About Rachel Harris, PhD

Rachel Harris, PhD is a Psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. She
was in the 1968 Residential Program at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA and remained on the
staff for a number of years.

During the decade she worked in academic research, Rachel received a New Investigator’s Award from the National Institutes of Health and published over forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She also worked as a psychological consultant to Fortune 500 companies including the UN. Rachel was in private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years specializing in people interested in psychospiritual development.

Rachel is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. Visit Rachel at her


About Tim Cools

Tim is a psychedelic integration specialist and legal psychedelic guide. He facilitates powerful, life-changing experiences for professionals, to help their professional lives come in alignment with personal ambition and values.

Tim is a Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher, a certified coach, and psychedelic advocate, educator and guide.

He is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Tools Of Awareness, a personal development center focussed on combining psychedelics and mindfulness to grow personal and interpersonal awareness though (online) courses and retreats.

Furthermore, he founded Psychedelic Experience, an online non-profit platform for information surrounding psychedelic substances. It’s a community based non-profit organization, created by and for psychedelic and plant medicine communities.

His personal interests are technology, meditation, metaphysical and eastern philosophies, shamanism and the healing power of nature and plants


About the author

Tim Cools