The Wounded Healer in Psychedelic Therapy

A Live-Online Weekend Intensive with Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer MD

November 12 & 13, 2022

Interest in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) is becoming more and more widespread. Alongside, there is on the one hand seemingly unbridled enthusiasm that this will be the ‘quick fix’ for many of the dramatically spreading emotional problems, but also anxieties about how to best deliver and benefit from these new approaches.

Providers may feel anxious or uncertain, both due to the clients’ unrealistic expectations and due to our own unconscious unresolved issues being forced into the open in PAT.

You may be frustrated, because you wish your work with clients would go deeper, or you may feel your client is going in circles and not getting to the underlying issues, even in PAT.

You may feel compassion fatigue, provider trauma or simply overwhelmed at the suffering in the world and hope that PAT will offer a way forward, but you don’t know how.

Your work/life balance may be precarious and you may feel unknown issues holding you back from being the best version of yourself.

All these considerations are amplified in PAT and we as providers need to examine ourselves first of all.


We Are All Wounded Healers

As C.G. Jung observed, only the wounded healer can heal. Karolyi Kerenyi, a colleague of Jung, elucidated the wounded healer archetype as the capacity “to be at home in the darkness of suffering and there to find germs of light and recovery…” 

We need to learn to be at home in the darkness and holding space for another’s journey through the darkness.

What happens if we ignore our own woundedness? We project it onto the client and we refuse to let go of our identification with the role of healer. We close off the door to our unconscious woundedness. This prevents the client from getting in touch with their own inner healer.

You’re Not Alone

The way forward is changing your perspective and making your own healing journey your first priority, especially in PAT — from this, true healing will ripple out to others effortlessly.

It’s no secret many practitioners burn out and are drowning under the pressure and responsibility of trying to help their clients. If you’re not putting your own wounded healer’s journey first, these feelings of frustration and overload will not go away, even when you engage in PAT.

Putting other people’s healing before your own will never help you create a successful, effective and sustainable healing practice, especially in PAT. Being THE HEALER YOU WANT TO BE requires that you look at things differently, make your continued healing journey a priority, and approach life from the wounded healer’s perspective.

Knowing that “The wounded healer IS the archetype of the Self and is at the bottom of all genuine healing procedures.” (as Marie Luise von Franz said) has helped us to:

  • Grow a successful, multi-modality practice that helps many people without leaving us exhausted.
  • Do work that fulfills our soul’s purpose.
  • Feel a sense of belonging to ourselves and to our lives.
  • Help others from a deep sense of our own inner healing journey rather than from book knowledge and other people’s techniques.
  • Feel secure in the unique and authentic modalities that we offer that come from our own healing and experiences.


How we do this:

We never forget C. G. Jung’s words:

The analyst must go on learning endlessly…it is his own hurt that gives the measure of his power to heal. This, and nothing else, is the meaning of the Greek myth of the wounded physician.”

Like Jung, we believe that it is our own healing soul journey that is the most important and it is through this journey that we are able to help others. A practitioner, therapist or doctor that has not brought to light their own wounds will project them onto the client who will thereby be stuck in the patient role forever.

We see our wound as an initiation that brings us a deeper sense of self, wisdom, compassion and understanding. There is a gift in the wound, which is the mythic sense of our life.


This is why we’re offering an intensive class to this important subject. A class where we will open doors for you to finally honor your own journey.


Join us in this Live-Online weekend intensive program, which comes with a kit of essential oils, where you will:

Learn what the wounded healer archetype really is and how to receive its gifts.

Learn about the client-healer dynamic, what is healthy and what isn’t.

Learn how to identify the shadow aspects and projections in this dynamic and their role in PAT.

All sessions will be recorded for unlimited access by participants.


Your Guides

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Cathy’s Journey

I, Cathy, am wounded. My wound is central to who I am. I have always taught and worked with clients through the filter of my own experience, which is my wound. My wound is what enables me to feel and understand the emotions underlying the problems in our clients’ lives. It brings me closer to the client. Through the resonance of the client’s woundedness with my own, I search for the way forward for the client. My wound is the wellspring from which my professional work takes its source. My intuitive wisdom and understanding of the client’s difficulties and needs comes from my own wound. Working with my own wound is at the core of my personality and my life. Without this, I could not be there for our clients and students.

My wound also shows me the themes that need excavating personally, with clients and collectively. My core wound and I have been intimate since I was a child. The theme is transgenerational and historical trauma. As I reach a place further along in my own healing journey, I realize that this theme resonates with the collective. My wound led me on the journey of my life. It led me to a place where I have reconnected with what was broken. I now taste the gift of my wound, which is the sense of belonging that I had been separated from. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” (T. S. Elliot)
This core wound stems from the trauma and thread of my maternal bloodline and is also part of a larger historical trauma. In the microcosm, it helps me work on this major theme with clients and students and in the macrocosm it resonates with the collective healing needed on the planet at the moment. My wound is the gift from which I find my place in my life through my personal myth, in my work as a healer and in the collective as a conscious being.

Florian’s Journey

I, Florian gained a much deeper understanding of being a Wounded Healer several years ago, when my soul demanded that I stop working as a psychiatrist. While I loved providing for my clients in my private practice and was devoted to them, no matter what, I was getting close to burn-out.

I had thought about the need and desire to stop being a psychiatrist for a while, but there were many egoic reasons why it was difficult. It was hard to ‘abandon’ my clients and say goodbye to them. My identity was excessively wrapped up in my professional persona.

Earlier that summer, while on vacation, I had a profound revelatory experience with the book “The Alchemy of Healing” by Edward Whitmont MD, a Jungian and homeopath. I had heard of the book and been intrigued by it for some time.

This last chapter is about the Healer.  In my memory I had distilled the experience down to a single paragraph, but in re-reading the chapter now it is full of potent statements, that spoke to my soul. My ego/intellect was a helpless bystander as I read the following:

“… in projecting upon the patient the unresolved problematic of his own helpless or sick child, the one who still needs to be cared for and loved or to rebel against authority, the healer may unconsciously try to treat unacceptable parts of himself in the patient. … Projectively seeing one’s own despair in the other aggravates that person’s existing pathology and often induces hopelessness in the

This passage terrified me more than the scariest movie I had ever seen. It felt like a cold surgical mirror from which there was no escape had been held up to me. My desire to always be there for my patients, no matter what, was due to my own wound from childhood neglect and I was keeping my clients trapped in the client role, unconscious of their own inner healer. In the instant I read that passage, I knew I had to close my practice and commit to working on myself first and continuously. This knowledge came from deep inside me. I finally heard my soul and through it a much deeper earth wisdom. I had to die to that role.

Whitmont goes on to say “Thus the healing force impersonated by and mediated by the healer and his initiator inflicts illness and death and, paradoxically, … itself suffers illness and death, in the service of consciousness and transformation.”

Having read this chapter, I knew I had to stop working as a psychiatrist. My sense of myself, my place in the world, even my sense of the whole world, was crumbling. It was a psychological death process, that I would now identify with the mortificatio stage of alchemy. Without this realization that happened not just intellectually but in my entire being, I would not have been able to grow into the work that Cathy and I are doing.

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Dates & Times

Saturday November 12 & Sunday November 13

10am-5pm US Mountain Time both days (with an hour for lunch)

That’s 9am-4pm Pacific, 11am-6pm Central, 12pm-7pm Eastern, 5pm-12am GMT, 6pm-1am CET. To find the class times in your time zone visit


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