In Conversation with Dr Gabor Maté

  • Tue 1st Jun 2021, 7pm – 8:15pm UK time (UTC +01:00)
  • Online
mental health psychotherapy psychedelic therapy addiction trauma release psychedelic science psychedelic science & mental health
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“From the Latin word vulnerare, “to wound,” vulnerability is our susceptibility to be wounded. This fragility is part of our nature and cannot be escaped. The best the brain can do is to shut down conscious awareness of it when pain becomes so vast or unbearable that it threatens to overwhelm our capacity to function. The automatic repression of painful emotion is a helpless child’s prime defense mechanism and can enable the child to endure trauma that would otherwise be catastrophic.”

― Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

The Psychedelic Society is honoured to welcome Dr Gabor Maté for this very special event. Our conversation will focus on Dr Maté's work with childhood trauma and how this can lead to addiction in its many different forms. We will look at addiction as a symptom or a response to something that has happened in our lives, as Dr Maté advocates the need to address the root cause of a problem for deep healing.

Having been asked many times to share his view on psychedelics and their potential for helping to heal trauma when used as transformational tools for personal growth, Dr Maté decided to embark on his own journey with psychedelic medicine over a decade years ago. He has since experienced personally and led others through incredibly powerful experiences with ayahuasca therapy, and speaks openly about how plant medicine has helped him forgive and reconnect with himself in order to become a whole person again. 

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The format for this event will be a 45-minute interview followed by 30 minutes for live audience Q&A, facilitated through the Zoom webinar. We will send out a recording of this talk discussion to all ticket holders within two weeks of the event taking place.

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SPEAKER:  GABOR MATE

 

Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.


 

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