Sara Lewis, PhD, LSW
As a contemplative psychotherapist I see the inherent goodness and wakefulness in every aspect of being alive. I help my clients explore how they can honor and even find wisdom in those parts of themselves they might rather not see. With curiosity, gentleness, and a fierce desire for understanding, psychotherapy can help us learn how to become more fully awake, compassionate, and in line with our life's purpose.
Licensing and Credentials
PhD, Columbia University
MSW, University of Chicago
Licensed Social Worker in Colorado, 0009922569
Somatic Experiencing, Beginning Practitioner
MAPS sub-investigator/co-therapist, under supervision
Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI)
I have had a long time interest in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy beginning with research I conducted on ayahuasca and spiritual crises. I am currently a sub-investigator on a MAPS clinical trial for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD in Boulder, CO. I am also Faculty Co-Director for Psychedelic Studies at Naropa University.
I offer preparation and integration sessions and will soon offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, a legal psychedelic medicine. Please note I do not engage in underground psychedelic work with clients using scheduled substances.
See here for my research on ayahuasca and psychotherapy.
In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, I have a PhD in Medical Anthropology from Columbia University and have been conducting ethnographic research in the Tibetan diaspora on Buddhist psychology and resilience since 2007. My book, "Spacious Minds: Trauma and Resilience in Tibetan Buddhism" with Cornell University Press may be ordered here.
Research articles may be viewed here.