Michael Kuntz had been in talk therapy for a couple years, and felt stuck, like he wasn’t making progress on his anxiety or depression. “I found myself at a place where I couldn’t understand where this was all coming from, what was buried beneath the surface,” the 41-year-old said.
Then, he started to read about the use of psychedelics for mental health issues in clinical trials around the world. Michael Pollan’s 2018 book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, came out. Kuntz excitedly turned to his therapist for advice: What did she think about him trying psychedelics?