Instructors

Lead Trainer

Elizabeth Nielson, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Nielson is a co-founder of Fluence and a psychologist with a focus on developing psychedelic medicines as empirically supported treatments for PTSD, substance use problems, and mood disorders. Dr. Nielson is a therapist on FDA approved clinical trials of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder, MDMA-assisted treatment PTSD, and psilocybin-assisted treatment of treatment resistant depression. Through Fluence, she provides continuing education and training programs for therapists who wish to engage in integration of psychedelic experiences in clinical settings. Her program of research includes qualitative and mixed-methods projects designed to further understand the phenomenology and mechanisms of change in psychedelic-assisted therapy, including the experiences of trial participants and of the therapists themselves. Having completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at NYU, she has published and presented on topics of psychedelic therapist training, therapists’ personal experience with psychedelics, and including psychedelic integration in group and individual psychotherapy.

Assistant Trainer

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW-R

Jayne is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of clinical experience and training. Non ordinary states of consciousness often offer clients extraordinary learning opportunities for deep and sustainable change, and Jayne offers support and integration guidance for those who are attracted to healing modalities such as plant medicine, ketamine, body centered therapies and breathwork. She is a MBSR teacher, experienced meditator, and co-founder of Access Mindfulness, a non-profit dedicated to bringing mindfulness to schools. She offers clinical services remotely and in person Midtown East, NYC and Woodstock, New York.

Assistant Trainer

Leah Gooch, 500RYT

Leah Gooch teaches yoga, meditation, writing, and art in order to help individuals approach a deeper awareness of their existence. After teaching art in New York City for eight years she facilitated the creation of a mural inside of Crossroads Detention Center in Brooklyn, completed by fifteen justice-involved youth. Leah is currently a teacher and Recreation Program Leader at a correctional facility. She facilitates public and private workshops and yoga lessons and is a reiki master practitioner. Her website is fourminutesaday.org - a reference to her initial commitment to meditate for (at least!) four minutes a day.

Lead Trainer

Ingmar Gorman, PhD

Dr. Ingmar Gorman is a psychologist who specializes in helping people who use psychedelics and other psychoactive compounds. He received his clinical training at the New School for Social Research, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, Columbia University, and Bellevue Hospital. He completed his NIH postdoctoral fellowship at New York University in 2017. Dr. Gorman was formerly the Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living and is now the co-founder of Fluence, a psychedelic education company training mental health providers in psychedelic treatments. Along with Dr. Paleos, he is currently site co-principal investigator and therapist on a Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Assistant Trainer

Joe Flanders, PhD

Dr. Joe Flanders is a Psychologist and the founder and managing partner of Mindspace Wellbeing in Montreal, where he works as a therapist, certified mindfulness teacher and trainer, and consultant to organizations. He is also an Assistant Professor (Professional) in the Psychology Department at McGill University. Joe is the co-director of the Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration (PHRI) Program at Mindspace.