Ben Sessa

Ben Sessa MD, To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic (Psychedelic Press, 2016)

A new novel by Ben Sessa MD, on the journey of a conventional conservative NHS Psychiatrist as he stumbles upon the field on psychedelic therapy.

Ben Sessa is the author of The Psychedelic Renaissance and several other non-fiction works and novels. An international speaker, Dr. Sessa hosts the Annual "Breaking" conference for psychedelic research and treatment professionals. As a former research associate under Dr. David Nutt, Dr. Sessa was the first person to be legally administered a psychedelic in the UK in 33 years.

Bio: Ben Sessa, MD, BSc, MRC Psych, is an NHS Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in Taunton, Somerset (UK) working with children and young people with a wide range of severe mental disorders. Trained in medicine at University College London, he is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has chaired two symposia at the Royal College of psychiatry and consults to the British Government on MDMA.

Read: Soaring High: An interview with author Ben Sessa in Psychedelic Press.

In 2012, Dr. Sessa authored The Psychedelic Renaissance: Reassessing the Role of Psychedelic Drugs in 21st Century Psychiatry and Society (Muswell Hill Press, London).

In this book, Dr. Sessa make a a persuasive case for the re-evaluation of psychedelics - LSD, MDMA, DMT, psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine and other substances - as he explores their clinical potential for treating a range of conditions from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression to autism and cluster headaches. With a thorough review of evidence, Dr. Sessa correct common misconceptions about psychedelics and proposed responsible therapeutic use, with appropriate set and setting in psychotherapy. With clarity and wit, the author surveys the contributions of major figures in the psychedelic movement - from Huxley, Hofmann and Sandison to Leary, Grof and McKenna - as he considers the crucial role such drugs have had in human culture from prehistory to modern times.

Editorial Review in The Lancet:

"Although books on psychedelic abound, volumes like The Psychedelic Renaissance show how the field is now addressing the findings of research research rather than the legions of case reports and anecdotes. Sessa enthusiastically progresses the account of the potential of psychedelic drugs into spirituality and creativity, bringing his unique clinical background to consider concepts too often neglected in psychiatric illness."

Barnaby Smith speaks to Dr. Ben Sessa of Breaking Convention
Third Eye Sees All: Dr Ben Sessa On Psychedelic Drugs, The Quietus

See also Ben Sessa's Psychedelic Drug Treatments: Assisting the Therapeutic Process (MyModernHealth FAQs) Paperback, March 8, 2016 by Ben Sessa and Elleen Worthley
And see Breaking Convention: Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness by Cameron Adams, David Luke, Anna Waldstein, Ben Sessa (2014)

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