My name is Oskar Bull-Hansen and I had my first psychedelic experience in 2013. After that I have been very fascinated by the potential that lies in these molecules. In recent years, I have read most of what I have found about psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted therapy and have combined this with courses and practical experience. Listen to the Hennings Verden podcast here (Norwegian only).
What makes me competent?
Psychedelic therapy is still so new that there is little relevant education. Psychology studies focus on approaches that do not work optimally in combination with psychedelic therapy and there are few who practice this openly today. To qualify, I have read these books, started a forum for psychedelic therapy, arranged weekly conversations with other psychedelic therapists in the world, took courses in psychological models used in the clinical trials and worked with own processes in addition to clients. I encourage everyone to ask me questions and verify the answer afterwards to assess my competence.
I grew up on Nøtterøy with a mother who is a teacher, a father who is a writer and an older brother who is a singer. I have a Swedish-Iranian wife who is a dentist, a son born in 2019 and a daughter on the way in 2021. The rest of my time is spent playing guitar or piano, cooking, exercising and often a kind of "hobby of the month" that I get into.
There are some basic elements in my approach that I think fit well with psychedelic therapy. Curiosity and openness, I think, are the cornerstones of any well-functioning interpersonal relationship and it has been proven that psychedelics builds up under this. In addition, I am a fan of a model called Internal Family Systems, which looks at a personality as a composition of different parts, and where one has a basic peaceful "Self" at the core. This is also in line with Gabor Maté's view of personality, where what we perceive as our personality is largely an adaptation to our surroundings through childhood.