Professor David Castle
MBChB, MSc, MD, DLSHTM, GCUT, FRCPsych, FRANZCP
David Castle is Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He has wide clinical and research interests, encompassing schizophrenia and related disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD spectrum disorders and disorders of body image.
He has a longstanding interest in the impact of licit and illicit substances on the brain and body and is actively engaged in programmes addressing the physical health of the mentally ill and the mental health of the physically ill. He has published widely in the scientific literature and is a frequent speaker at scientific meetings. His broader interests include music, literature, theatre and art.
Professor Greg Murray
Ph. D, FAPS, BA(Hons), BSc, MPsych
Professor Greg Murray, PhD is an Australian academic clinical psychologist. He is Director of Swinburne University’s Centre for Mental Health, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and patron of Bipolar Life. He has a national and international reputation for mental health research, being ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide in the fields of bipolar disorders, circadian rhythms, personality and affect. Greg has won multiple individual awards for research and teaching, and delivered professional development workshops for hundreds of psychologists and psychiatrists across Australia and overseas.
BA (Hons), AdvDip GradCert AdvCert (counselling), MA
Sean O’Carroll is a psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He has a background in philosophy, transpersonal psychology, and a number of psychotherapeutic modalities including relational gestalt therapy and creative arts therapy. He has been teaching and training psychotherapists since 2011, and is the director of Wild Mind. His MA research thesis (2014 – 2017) involved a phenomenological exploration into the experience of being alone with nature, and in 2018 he developed and delivered Australia’s first tertiary level course in eco-psychotherapy to training therapists.
Sean’s work under the banner of Wild Mind employs non-ordinary states of consciousness to support health and wholeness. This work is grounded in various state-change technologies including dance/movement, nature-based practices and a variety of other psychotherapeutic processes. Sean does not facilitate psychedelic journeys for legal reasons, but works closely with members of the Melbourne medicine community in a psychotherapeutic capacity, supporting the exploration and integration of psychedelic experiences.
Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)
Psychologist, Social Worker, Teacher Researcher
Dr Alana Roy is a psychologist, social worker and therapist with a background in mental health, suicide prevention, trauma and abuse. Alana works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students on placement. She is dedicated to psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines. She has engaged with, and provides integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia. Alana passionately advocates for public policy, community education and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a skilled sector.
M.A. in Clinical Psychology