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The Intersection of Psychedelics and Mindfulness: A Pathway to Grounded Transformation

Broadcast on May 11, 2023
With Claudia Cuentas MA, LMFT, SEP
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

In this session, Claudia Cuentas will explore the role of mindfulness in creating a grounded approach to using psychedelics. She'll share her insights into how mindfulness practices in ketamine-assisted therapy can support a transformative but grounded experience. She will also discuss the transformative power of live music in plant medicine-assisted healing.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How grounding techniques can improve your overall psychedelic experience
  • The importance of post-psychedelic integration as part of the healing process
  • The beauty of live music and how it can enhance the healing potential of plant medicine-assisted journeys
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Claudia Cuentas MA, LMFT, SEP

Alma Institute Cultural Director, Artist, Educator & Somatic Therapist

Claudia Cuentas is a Peruvian artist, researcher, educator, and therapist who specializes in the treatment of healing trauma, cultural identity, and decolonization of healing. She is trained in somatic experiencing, drama therapy, and expressive arts therapy, and holds an MA in counseling psychology. She also has done extensive studies in Indigenous healing practices originating from her native Aymara and Quechua lineages of South America.

Claudia started her journey as an educator and advocate of art as a tool for healing and liberation. In becoming a therapist at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she focused on serving immigrant communities, families, and children. She has worked with undocumented families, refugees, homeless populations, and female survivors of violence, especially those dealing with PTSD. She has completed the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA therapy training program, and is also trained in using ketamine for trauma recovery. She continues to participate in ongoing training and education on the intersectionality of generational trauma, plant medicine science, eco-informed therapy, somatic/nervous system healing, and Indigenous knowledge.

Claudia currently has a private practice in Portland, Oregon, and is the cultural director of Alma Institute, focusing on providing psilocybin-assisted therapy training programs to underserved and underrepresented communities in the field. She has also been a guest faculty at Lewis & Clark College. Claudia is committed to providing ethical, educational, and integrated work to support indigenous, black, brown, and immigrant communities to heal and thrive. She is also a recording musician, a singer-songwriter, and the founder of the Canta Colibrí Project.

Claudia Cuentas MA, LMFT, SEP