Summary: “The only way to not be afraid of someone’s suffering is if you’re not afraid of your own,” explains Marcela Ot’alora, psychotherapist and MAPS-sponsored researcher, in a live podcast interview with author Tim Ferriss at the Psychedelic Science Summit event that took place in Austin, Texas, from November 1-3, 2019.
Originally appearing here.
“The only way to not be afraid of someone’s suffering is if you’re not afraid of your own.”
— Marcela Ot’alora G.
Marcela Ot’alora G is a psychotherapist and an installation artist. Her interest and focus on trauma has led her to understand the healing process as an intimate reconnection with one’s essence through love, integrity, acceptance, and honoring of the human spirit. In addition to working with trauma and PTSD, she has dedicated her professional life to teaching and research. She uses art as a vehicle for deepening the relationship to self, others, and the natural world.
Marcela worked as a co-therapist in MAPS’ very first government regulated MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study in Madrid, Spain. She served as the principal investigator for MAPS’ phase two MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study, and is currently in the MDMA healthy volunteer study and phase three in Boulder, Colorado.
She is also a trainer and supervisor for therapists working on MAPS studies for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.