Dr Niall Campbell – Hypnosis and Psychedelics – Useful Adjunct or Pointless Accoutrement?
HYPNODELICS – Could hypnosis prove a useful non-pharmacological adjunct in the therapeutic use of psychedelics? The therapeutic use of hypnosis could be said to mirror that of psychedelics in that it has enjoyed periods of generalised acceptance—whilst also suffering periods of denunciation. It would also appear that there is some phenomenological overlap between the two treatment modalities, and this lecture seeks to explore both the validity of the term hypnosis and the possibility of a future investigation into their synergistic use. Could Hypnosis prove as a useful non-pharmacological adjunct to help prepare, guide and integrate the psychedelic experience, or is hypnosis a parlour trick best reserved for the stage?
In this lecture we will cover: Phenomenology and therapeutic potential of both psychedelics and hypnosis – a thorough critique of the legitimacy of hypnosis as a distinct ‘altered state of consciousness’. Anchoring – the potential to utilise hypnosis to help re-experience psychedelic induced altered states of consciousness.
Niall Campbell originally qualified as a Dental Surgeon, and during his time in private practice developed a special interest in the treatment of dentally anxious/phobic patients. The realisation that he was actually treating the manifestations of more expansive underlying psychopathologies – like anxiety and depression – saw him retrain in psychology, in order to better grasp the underlying aetiology of his client’s presenting complaints. Niall’s fundamental dissatisfaction with the palliative paradigm (that currently seems to dominate the culture of mental health provision) led him to investigate the role psychedelics might play in reducing the quotient of unnecessary psychological suffering in his clients. Niall currently works as a psychotherapist, in addition to hosting the Mind Manifest Podcast.
Filmed at Breaking Convention 2019