- Howard Whitehouse, PhDSan Francisco, CAHoward Whitehouse, PhDBoard Member
I received a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2005. My dissertation research entitled, The Challenges of the Return from a Shamanic Odyssey: A Heuristic Exploration, involved a ten-year apprenticeship with Pablo Sanchez MSW, a Native American curandero, who’s approach derives from the lineage of Maria Sabina. I am Co-founder of the Human Science Research Institute at UWG. I’ve worked as a Research Associate at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF, MacArthur Foundation Research Program on Conscious & Unconscious Mental Processes; Staff Counselor, Rhythm Society, Council on Spiritual Practices; Extended Faculty at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Recipient of a Circle of Bridge-Makers Award in 2004; Member, Board of Directors, Entheogen Research Integration & Education (E.R.I.E.); Peer-Counselor, M.A.P.S. 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference Workshop, Integrating Psychedelic Experiences. Recent Presentations: Psychedelic Society, ERIE & Spiritual Emergence Group at CIIS. Current research interests include: shamanism, sacred initiation process for post-modern culture, Integral Psychology of Sri Aurobindo, Jung’s Teleological Finalism, & The Process Lucid Awakening.
- Julie Megler MSN, NP-BCSan Francisco & East Bay, CAJulie Megler MSN, NP-BCSecretary of the Board*Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner * Trained in Somatic Experiencing * Shipibo/Vegetalista Dieta Experience*
Julie Megler, N.P., is a board certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, Florida and post master’s certificate in psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. Julie maintains licenses in family medicine and psychiatry in an effort to close the gap between medical and psychiatric care, incorporating the mind/body connection for most effective treatment. She currently is in private practice in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Her practice focuses on integrative mental health services for emotional and physical well being, as well as integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In addition to her clinical work, Julie is on the board of directors of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education). She has presented on the topics of psychedelic risk reduction, integration, and therapeutic applications of ayahuasca at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013 & 2017, The Women’s Visionary Congress, Detroit’s First Entheogenic Conference, and the Visionary Convergence 2015. She has also co-authored chapters in the books Manifesting Minds and The Therapeutic Uses of Ayahuasca. As an experienced clinician, and activist for the psychedelic movement, Julie is dedicated to educating the community about safety and the therapeutic benefits of entheogens. Her particular emphasis on integration assists individuals to develop practices that bring insights from entheogenic work to daily life. You can learn more about Julie’s work at erievision.org & mindfulnp.
- Emily McKee, MASan Francisco, CAEmily McKee, MABoard Chair
Doula, Counselor, Lactation Educator, CPR Instructor, Guided Imagery Practitioner
Passionate about the phenomena of healing, sexuality and intimacy, and non-licensed and alternative modalities, Emily works independently as an integrative health practitioner and intimacy coach. She also works as Program Coordinator for the new PhD Program in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Certified in peace and conflict resolution, suicide intervention, wellness management, and trained as a sexual educator and birth doula, she is continuously inspired working with people at all stages in life. Emily is deeply honored to be a founding board member of ERIE. She is excited to work with others to collaboratively build stronger resources to support people with the integration process and help to gather research in this dynamic field.
- Larry Norris, PhD candidateBerkeley, CALarry Norris, PhD candidateExecutive Director & Co-Founder
Larry Norris, MA, PhD Candidate is the co-founder and executive director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) 501(c)(3), a group dedicated to the development of entheogenic research and integration models. Beginning his studies in cognitive science as an undergrad at the University of Michigan, he is now a PhD student in the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. His dissertation will review archived ayahuasca experiences to identify transformational archetypes that induce insights hidden within the experiences. As adjunct faculty at CIIS, Larry taught a graduate course called Entheogenic Education: Contemporary Perspectives on Ancient Plant Wisdom in order to discuss the concept of entheogens as educational teachers and cognitive tools. He is currently an adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University teaching a class titled Paradigms of Consciousness. A dedicated activist and proponent of cognitive liberty, Larry’s efforts are a contribution to not only change the Western legal status of these powerful plants, fungus, and compounds, but also to emphasize the potential sacred nature of entheogens given the right set and setting.
- Rebecca Shephard CD (DONA)Berkeley, CARebecca Shephard CD (DONA)Board Member
Rebecca has been a birth doula for nearly a decade. She served on the Board of Directors at PALS Doulas in Seattle, WA, the first doula certifying organization in the nation. She currently attends the Integral Counseling Psychology master’s program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she plans to earn additional certification in Psychedelic Therapies and Research.
- Kris Peterson, MASausalito, CAKris Peterson, MABoard Member
Kris Peterson holds a B.A. in Social Welfare with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. Kris works in community mental health as a clinical social worker serving individuals living with addiction and is also a staff member of Women’s Visionary Congress. A long time activist and proponent of the radical mental health movement, Kris is passionate about re-visioning the current paradigm for healing people who live with psychological dis-ease, and helping to make entheogenic medicines a legal option for treatment. She is an advocate for harm reduction initiatives, drug policy reform, and cognitive liberty.
- Dr. NatalieSF Bay AreaDr. NatalieConsultant
I seek to create partnerships with my patients that empower them to make healthy choices for themselves and their communities. I see my role as an advocate for your health and well~being, and draw upon my clinical expertise to offer the best care possible, utilizing natural remedies by choice and referring when appropriate.
I formulate individualized treatments with the Therapeutic Order as a framework, seeking to use the least force intervention possible to effect change. In the simplest form, I aim to give the body, mind and soul what they need, to clear out that which does not serve, and to inspire patients.
I seek to educate my patients about their bodies, to understand how their diet and lifestyle choices, as well as pharmaceutical medications and environmental pollutants can influence health. I believe that knowledge gives us access to power, and as an educator, I offer my patients information and resources to support their personal growth and optimal expression of health.
- Francoise Bourzat, MACaliforniaFrancoise Bourzat, MAConsultant
I was born in France. I was raised with both the farm life and the Parisian culture in my bloodlines. I resonate with the art and culture as deep as with the plants and the seasons.
I traveled early to discover magic and realness everywhere, in South America and Asia. I studied psychology in Paris while being a dancer in a modern dance company.
I moved to California in 1981, studied several forms of dance and body healing arts and became a bodyworker. After earning a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology unifying touch, movement, expressive arts and mindfulness (New College of California, 1990), I received my Certification as a Hakomi Mind/Body Therapist in 1991 from the Hakomi Institute of San Francisco.
I pursued personal healing and growth while being engaged in shamanic explorations from 1987 onward and apprenticed under the masterful guidance of medicine men and women. I continue to explore the path of sacred plants healing through my travels abroad as a guide as well as a student.
- Susana Bustos, PhDSF Bay AreaSusana Bustos, PhDIntegration Consultant
Susana Bustos, Ph.D., holds degrees in Clinical Psychology (1992) and in Music Therapy (2002) from Chilean universities, as well as a doctorate in East-West Psychology from CIIS (2007). She is certified in Holotropic Breathwork and the Expressive Arts.
Her work in Chile included the creation of psycho-educational programs, teaching, research, and psychotherapy. Susana’s long-term passion for indigenous cultures and their relationship to the natural world, along with her interest on the therapeutic potentials of non-ordinary states of consciousness, led her to the Peruvian Amazon in 1999. Since then, she has been studying Vegetalismo and other indigenous shamanic practices from the Americas. Her doctoral research focused on the healing function of the icaros during ayahuasca ceremonies, which is an ongoing area of study for her.
The process of integration of entheogenic experiences in ordinary life became one of her main interests while working as a therapist and clinical trainer at Takiwasi (a Peruvian center for the treatment of drug addiction which integrates indigenous and Western medicine), where she currently works as a clinical supervisor and researcher. Susana continues to focus on this theme in her private practice in Oakland, CA.
Susana offers workshops and lectures internationally, and co-leads groups into the Amazonian rainforest.
- Hank Obermayer, MASF Bay AreaHank Obermayer, MAConsultant
Based near the Oakland/Berkeley border, Hank Obermayer is a spiritual counselor and group process facilitator working on the relationship with self, with community, and with the planet. He helps individuals with the integration process for visionquests, shamanic ritual, meditation retreats, and similar work using an emphasis on mindfulness and the body. With groups Hank focuses on ecological despair and empowerment, mixing in his theater, group process and counseling background. Hank is trained in Hakomi, and is currently a Ph.D. student at CIIS in East-West Psychology. He also has over 25 years of leadership related to ecovillages, intentional communities and housing cooperatives, including founding Mariposa Grove, his home. Hank is also honored to be deeply involved in the German-Jewish History Award, given yearly in the Berlin Parliament. This award honors people who are regenerating historical intercultural connections while also building roads for other immigrant communities.
- Adrian Auler, PhD candidateSan Francisco, CAAdrian Auler, PhD candidateAssociate Director & Treasurer
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in transpersonal psychology. This is more than a profession to me; it is a spiritual path, a way of being in the world. The aspect of psychology in which I’m most interested is consciousness studies. Two subsets of that focus that are central to my dissertation are entheogens (psychedelics) and addiction. Integration is important too because it is necessary in order to benefit fully from transpersonal experiences. I strongly feel that integral philosophy is the core principle defining the new paradigm. I pay attention to the philosophical implications of my psychological stance so it reflects what I have learned about the cosmos and our position in it. My focus on addiction and its treatment with entheogens is a portal through which I support the revolution of paradigm that is already underway.
- Jessica Brown, MAOakland, CAJessica Brown, MAConsultant
Hi, I’m Jessie. I help individuals and couples better understand themselves and make the changes necessary to live a freer and more content life. Healing requires self knowledge and exploration, but also action, and I help my clients with both. It’s an amazing feeling when someone, through our work together, is able to find liberation from their struggle and have a new, powerful, life-changing experience of themselves. I approach my work with humility and gratitude. I absolutely love what I do and look forward to the opportunity to help you on your way.
My path to become a psychotherapist was laden with many obstacles, which I now understand were learning and growth opportunities, beginning with a challenging childhood. I began emulating the cycles of abuse and addiction that I was surrounded by at a young age and by 16 years old was court mandated to attend substance abuse counseling. Looking back, this was a fork in the road for me. I remember dragging my feet to therapy, but after some time passed and I built a relationship with my counselor, I looked forward to the imminent self-discovery and much needed love and attention that our sessions brought me.
Since those many years ago, in addition to psychotherapy, I have participated regularly in many different forms of self-discovery: art, yoga, meditation, travel, long distance bike rides, rock climbing, and ultimately my Masters in counseling psychology and my PhD in East-West Psychology. Not only do I believe in the services I provide in theory, my experience is that psychotherapy saved my life.
It is important to me to share a little about my journey, for two reasons. First, to dismantle to notion that the wounded cannot heal. Secondly, to reveal my humanity. I believe in the transformative power of real, authentic relationship and so I believe that the therapist should not hide. If you choose to work with me, I promise to never hide my humanity.