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
Master's of Social Work (MSW), University of Chicago
Licensed Social Worker in Colorado, 0009922569
I have had a long time interest in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy beginning with research I conducted on ayahuasca and spiritual crises. Using psychedelics in therapy is currently being studied in phase 3 clinical trials and will then be under consideration for approval by the FDA. I am a MAPS therapist-in-training, and have spearheaded efforts at Naropa University to establish a training program for psychedelic-assisted therapy.
For those currently using psychedelics on their own or in groups, I offer integration therapy to help metabolize all that you have learned in your work. For clients outside of Boulder, remote sessions are available.
**Please note that I do not use scheduled substances with clients**
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.