We are a group of credentialed and experienced psychotherapists and medical professionals who are dedicated to making psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy available to Canadians suffering from end-of-life distress. We have all completed formal clinical training in psychedelic psychotherapy in 2016.
Our Clinical Team
Bruce Tobin, Ph.D. Program Director
Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC); Registered Psychologist (NWT)
Dr. Tobin received his doctorate from University of Washington in 1983, specializing in philosophy of psychology. He has been in private practice psychotherapy for 35 years, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression and emotional trauma. He taught clinical skills for 25 years at University of Victoria, where he was Adjunct Assistant Professor and a member of the Graduate Faculty. He worked under contract with Health Canada for 20 years providing psychological services to First Nations communities in the Victoria area. He is interested in the interface between psychology and spirituality, and the role that altered states of consciousness play in enhancing clinical processes.
Dr. Hayden Rubensohn
Dr. Hayden Rubensohn received his MD in 2012 from the University of Calgary. He studied in psychiatry for another two years before completing a specialization in internal medicine, and he is currently completing a specialization in his area of primary interest: palliative care. Hayden’s clinical experience in palliative care extends back to 2012 and is augmented by experience in internal medicine, critical care medicine, geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and psychiatric oncology. He has received special training in issues relating to medical assistance in dying. Dr. Rubensohn completed training in psychedelic psychotherapy from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Science (MAPS) and participated for four years as a co-therapist in the Vancouver MAPS-funded Phase II clinical trials investigating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for PTSD. He will return as a co-therapist in the Phase III trials expected to begin in early 2019.
Krista Stogryn, MD Medical Intake Specialist
Dr. Stogryn completed her Medical Doctorate in 2005 and postgraduate training in Family Medicine with a specialized focus in Aboriginal Health in 2007, at the University of British Columbia. She has practiced as a family physician for the last 10 years, primarily in rural and remote First Nations communities on the west coast of BC. She currently practices in the Victoria area, and maintains a strong focus in the treatment of mental health issues, addictions, and chronic disease complicated by complex trauma. She holds a Clinical Instructor position at the University of British Columbia.
Marcia McMillan, Ph.D. Psychometrics Specialist
Registered Psychologist (BC # 01182)
Dr. Marcia McMillan graduated from McGill University in 1987 with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She pursued clinical work as her first love, but retained great respect for the research underlying her clinical interventions. She worked as a private practitioner for 19 years. Her practice covered a broad range of issues including anxiety and depression, grief, couples counselling, return to work support, as well as phase of life and existential concerns. Her work with active military members and veterans grew out of personal interest and further educational specialization in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. More recently she is excited about the burgeoning scientific support for the healing potential of psychedelic substances in otherwise difficult to treat populations.
Richard Miners, Ph.D. Psychological Intake Specialist
Registered Psychologist (BC # 01824)
Dr. Miners completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Concordia University in 2007. He was trained within the scientist-practitioner model, served in multiple roles (teaching assistant for research methods/statistics, lecturer for statistics), conducted his doctoral research on mindfulness, and co-authored a book chapter on social development. He has maintained a private practice in psychotherapy and assessment (attention, behaviour, learning, emotional problems, autism) since 2004, working with organizations, schools, children, families, and adults. He has trained in the treatment of complex trauma among First Nations, and will be a co-therapist in an upcoming Health Canada approved randomized, double-blind, controlled Phase 3 study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in subjects with treatment-resistant Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Vancouver, BC.
James Kerr, MA Psychotherapist
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Mr. Kerr received his M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and became a Registered Clinical Counsellor in 2012. With an early background in teaching, rehabilitation and employment counseling, Mr. Kerr has been in private practice in Victoria since 2012, specializing in treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, family dynamics and family-of-origin issues, addiction, and stage-of-life changes.
Gail Peekeekoot, RN Nurse
Ms. Peekeekoot completed her BSN and MN (Social Policy and Planning) at the University of Victoria, and has been an RN for 44 years. Gail also earned a doctorate in inter-faith ministry with a focus on reinvigorating the professions through holistic practice. The core of her nursing career has been with First Nations individuals and groups, including three years with Health Canada as a Nursing Practice Consultant in FNIB’s Pacific Region. She is currently employed as a Primary Health Care Nurse in advanced practice in Yukon. This work includes providing care to individuals and their families as they face end of life.
Our Support Team
Paul Lewin Legal Counsel
Paul Lewin is a cannabis lawyer in Toronto who has litigated a vast array of cannabis issues. Paul has litigated the constitutionality of the doctor-as-gatekeeper requirement, patient access to cannabis by mail-order, and the prohibition on the religious use of cannabis. Paul challenged and ended the police practise of accessing hydro consumption records without warrant in order to raid cannabis gardens. Paul has been practising in Toronto for almost 25 years. He is also a long time board member for NORML Canada.
Mercedes Grant Research and Communications Coordinator
Mercedes has over a decade of experience collaborating with social justice, non-profit, and advocacy groups. She is educated in documentary filmmaking, journalism, and writing, and has contributed communications, public relations and crowdfunding campaign expertise to social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations, including MAPS Canada and the 2018 Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum in Victoria, BC.