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BTA Team 

The BTA director and advisory team is comprised of a diverse group of professional individuals, including: 

 addiction specialists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, mental health nurses, drug policy experts, human rights activists, philosophers, artists, musicians and historians.

BTA Director Team:

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Diane Elliott

BTA Founding Director


Diane has completed an MA degree in the Philosophy of Consciousness  from the University of Buckingham. She is currently studying Psychedelics, Altered States and Transpersonal Psychology with the Alef Trust.  Diane's background is in alternative education and she has founded schools in Los Angeles and Scotland for  children and young adults who were not thriving in the mainstream educational system. Prior to that, she trained with Richard Bandler and became an NLP therapist which provided profound exploration into re-framing conscious states. Diane then went on to develop training programmes for Premier football clubs, cancer support centers and the US and UK armed forces. 

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Dr Jaazzmina Hussain

BTA Director 

Jaazzmina is a consultant psychiatrist, specialising in the care of older adults. She began learning about psychedelics as a therapeutic option for people’s mental and emotional suffering after reading Michael Pollan’s book, How to Change Your Mind,  purchased on a whim whilst attending a neuroscience conference.

The amazing results of the John Hopkins medical trials, administering psychedelics to people who are close to death to mitigate fear, has captivated her interest ever since. 

She is now learning about psychedelics and their place in history, culture, society and medicine - which she finds to be a very humbling experience, and one she is very grateful for.

Jaazzmina brings to the team, an open and enquiring mind, a joyful heart and the knowledge and skills developed over the last decade of medical training and practice.


Angelika Klosinska

BTA Director 

Angelika is an integrative counsellor (Prof. Dip Psy C) who believes that no single approach is the right way for every individual. She is currently working primarily with victims of domestic abuse, exploring and integrating different ways and modalities to help the clients.

Having had personal experience with psychedelics Angelika discovered that deep work comes from within and would love to find the way to combine her interest in holistic psychology with plant medicine and is particularly interested in creating systems that ensure that people from all walks of life can access psychedelics as a therapy option.

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Jo Mallett

BTA Director

Jo is a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She completed a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing (Mental Health) at South Bank University in 1998 and a MA in Psychodynamic Communication with Adolescents  at the Tavistock Clinic in 2006.  She has since studied many approaches including Mindfulness, Group Analysis/Therapy and Polyvagal Theory.  She is currently part of the first cohort of The Synthesis Institute’s Psychedelic Practitioner Training.

Jo’s background is primarily in Child & Adolescent Mental Health and has practiced in various in-patient and community settings.  She has worked across several organisations and was part of a successful government pathfinder Children’s Trust that delivered multi-agency, early intervention services to children and families.  It was here that Jo really began to appreciate that prevention is better than cure. Jo currently specialises in young adults with High Functioning Autism, who have co-morbid mental health issues. Before the pandemic Jo also ran a youth group for these individuals. 

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Phil Searing

BTA Director

Phil is mental health nurse, and a musician with King's Gambit.  In his career as a carer spanning 20 years he has worked with all ages from 1 to 101 and is looking forward to the next chapter of his life where he hopes to use psychedelics as a tool for healing with a burning passion to bring this to the NHS as soon as possible in a safe and therapeutic way. He believes strongly that everyone should have access to these life changing medicines if they so wish and that legislation should be changed to sensibly reflect the mounting evidence within the research base globally, supporting the efficacy and tolerance of psychedelics.

Phil leads an amazing group of nurses, counsellors and therapists, the group is called the 'Psychedelic Practitioners' and you can join them on Facebook here. 

BTA Advisory Team:

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Robert W. E. Laurie

Strategic Advisor

Robert is an international lawyer, qualified in England at the University of Oxford and is currently president of Ad Lucem Law Corporation in Vancouver. His legal practice focuses regulatory issues surrounding cannabis and psychedelic plant medicines. 

Robert serves as a Board Advisor to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada and Steve DeAngelo’s Last Prisoner Project.

He is a legal advisor to the Heroic Hearts Project, a founder in the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy, and a director with the Ecuador Amazon Restoration Project.


Maya Albert 

Strategic Advisor 

Maya is an operations specialist and writer, bringing a thoughtful presence to all of her work and business practices. She has authored a compressive analytical report on the business of psychedelics, and is now co-authoring the book, Our Trip Together. Maya is grateful to dedicate all of her professional energy to the psychedelic ecosystem, and aims to help propagate a collaborative and cohesive state of being for this global community.

She has consulted for, and worked with, a number of other organizations in the space, including the Heroic Hearts Project, Synthesis Institute, and Tabula Rasa Ventures. Having co-founded the annual psychedelic conference, Psyched, Maya continues her pursuit to strengthen the community through the open-source sharing of knowledge and interdisciplinary networking. 

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Fiona Gilbertson

Fiona is a human rights activist with over 25 years of advocacy experience  in policy development, lobbying and community development. 

She is the founder of Recovering Justice, a drug policy reform organisation for people with lived and living experience of problematic substance use. They seek peaceful solutions to the war on drugs through policy change.   

She has an MA in anthropology, foundation in person centred therapy and is a clinical hypnotherapist.  

She is working to challenge and change current drug policy, the main structural barrier to psychedelic research and move forward to create an ethical and equitable movement.

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Dr Jake Hawthorn

Jake is a psychiatrist currently working as a specialty doctor in addictions and general adult psychiatry.  He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 before completing his medical foundation training in Greater Manchester. He then worked in psychiatry in New Zealand for a year before applying to start core psychiatry training in South East Scotland in 2017. He passed the Royal College of Psychiatrists membership exams in 2019 and completed core training in 2020.
Jake has been interested in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics since early on in his medical career, and in particular the use of psychedelic-assisted therapy for addiction. Jake is hoping to start a clinical research project in this area in Scotland, and contribute to bringing the safe and therapeutic use of psychedelics back into practice.

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Xanthe E. Horner

Xanthe is a multidisciplinary artist, witch and intuitive tarot reader based in East London, UK. Her creative practice perches playfully on the intersection between art-making, visionary experience and mythopoesis. She draws on the archetypes of contemporary culture and historical narratives alike to spin new spells towards collective healing, reversing the hex of disenchantment by reimagining and reinventing the myths we live by. She believes psychedelics are a powerful tool for forging deeper connectivity between people, plants and the planet.

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Adam Knowles 

Adam is an existential psychotherapist working in London, while researching the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca. His Master's research analysed what UK participants in ayahuasca ceremonies make of their experiences. Breaking Convention, Europe’s biggest psychedelics conference, awarded this research a prize in Social Sciences in 2019, and Adam is now continuing this qualitative research for his PhD.

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Dr Anna Ross

Anna is a specialist in drug policy shareholder engagement, with her PhD focusing on the participation of stakeholders in the development of drug policy in Scotland. She is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Health at the University of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Research Assistant for Drug Science.  Anna completed her graduate studies in Law at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a Masters in Alcohol and Drugs Studies, and a PhD in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

Anna has worked for the Scottish Government on developing safeguarding protocol for charities, and also the UK Government as the Special Advisor to the Scottish Affairs Committees Inquiry into Problem Drug Use in Scotland. In addition, she has been on a range of advisory committees in Scotland, set up the Scottish Drug Policy Conversations: a multi-stakeholder deliberative group exploring drug policy issues in Scotland, and is co-founder of the Scottish Psychedelic Research Group. 

Anna has over twenty years experience of practitioner work with substance use, and identifies as a lived and living experienced researcher. She is passionate about human rights based approaches to drug regulation, and developing research around cannabis and psychedelic use for health and wellbeing. 

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Dr Dayna West

Dayna earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant University and it was whilst working as a staff psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, that she fully realized how small our tool kit is for helping people heal from traumatic events and illness. In 2019 she earned a Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Research from CIIS (the California Institute of Integral Studies). She has also spent time at Synthesis in the Netherlands where she participated in a retreat and was also a retreat assistant.

Dayna has also worked as an educator, school counselor and administrator serving students & their families from pre-school through high school in the United States, Europe and South America.

Dayna is currently executive-producing a documentary about the US FDA clinical trials for MDMA-assisted therapy for treating PTSD. She is committed to being the best ambassador possible for the psychedelic renaissance.

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Dr Jon Waterlow

Jon holds a DPhil (PhD) in History from the University of Oxford.

He is a writer and podcaster based in Edinburgh. His work on psychedelics, consciousness and psychology has appeared in The Spectator, HighExistence, Aeon, MisFit Press, and elsewhere.

Jon co-authored The Psychedelic Journal, which offers people space to explore, document and integrate their experiences.

He is fascinated by the interconnections of psychology and spirituality and has worked personally with various plant medicines.

Jon has begun training in counselling and, having spent a month studying in a Buddhist monastery, is interested in developing Buddhist perspectives as part of psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy.

He is the co-owner of The Island, a tattoo and wellbeing studio founded on 'biophilic' principles which seeks to reconnect us with the natural world in an urban setting.


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British Transpersonal Association 

The BTA is bringing together people who are passionate about expansive conscious states so

that we can  develop a new model for mental wellbeing, creativity and human potential.

Join us on this exciting journey: 

- Subscribe to our newsletter

- Become a General Member

- Train as a Transpersonal Psychology Practitioner

 ( including psychedelic facilitation)

- Attend a psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands

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British Transpersonal Association 

The BTA is a non-profit organisation which brings together people who are passionate about expansive conscious states so that we can  develop a new model  

for mental wellbeing, creativity and human potential.

Join us on this exciting journey: 

- Subscribe to our newsletter

- Become a General Member

- Train as a Transpersonal Psychology Practitioner

 ( including psychedelic facilitation)

- Attend a psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands

The BTA is a non-profit organisation which brings together people who are passionate about expansive conscious states so that we can  develop a new model for for mental wellbeing, creativity and human potential.

Join us on this exciting journey: 

- Subscribe to our newsletter

- Become a General Member

- Train as a Transpersonal Psychology Practitioner

 ( including psychedelic facilitation)

- Attend a psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands









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British Transpersonal Association

Stefan Batorijs

Stefan is an Ecotherapist, a wanderer and explorer of remote terrains and feelings. He is also a Forest Bathing Teacher, and for 25 years has been an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University teaching the benefits of wild Nature for recovery on the Clin. Psych. Doctorate. Stefan is passionate about the rights of Nature, reciprocity, and transpersonal experiences in Nature. Recently he has been the Director of Ecotherapy for a Therapeutic Psychedelics Organisation weaving Nature into preparation and integration processes within retreats.

Ways of Knowing (BSAR)







Transpersonal Psychology 

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Transpersonal Skills






Ego State

Verbal Centre

Physical Care

Crisis Management


Interpersonal Skills








Alternating Ego States

Dual Brain Science

Brain Waves

Hemispheric Connectedness


Active Imagination Process

Dream Work

Shadow Work




Non-Ego State

Numinous & Transpersonal Experiences

Religious/Spiritual Encounters

Nature and the Cosmos  

 Birth and Death

Near-Death/Shared Death

Mystical Experiences

(spontaneous or purposeful)

Inducing Modalities



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Expanded States of Consciousness


Transpersonal Practitioner

This certificate is for therapists who would like to explore spirituality in order to help their clients, as a general stand-alone course for anybody who is interested in spirituality and for those who are already facilitating psychedelic experiences and who would like to add Spiritual Intelligence as a core competency to their skill-set. It is also the introductory course for those who would like to continue onto The Transpersonal & Psychedelic Practitioner Certificate.


Cognitive intelligence and science play heavily in Western psychology. Measuring intelligence quotient (IQ) became the way to assign rational thinking intelligence. Just before the turn of the 21st century,  feeling or emotional intelligence was introduced by Daniel Goleman, which measured compassion and empathy. As the 21st century moves on, the age-old spiritual intelligence (SI) is now receiving attention due to the scientific proof of its effectiveness for mental health.


Specifically with regard to psychedelic experience, SI has been identified by many leaders in the psychedelic world as the competency which is most abstractbut it is also a competency which is vital in holding the psychedelic space. Reports show that a large percentage of people, maybe even up to 80%, have a spiritual or mystical experience during a psychedelic journey. This experience can cause a person to re-examine their core belief system, which impacts how they see themselves in the world, and how they want to move forward with their life. These profound experiences illustrates the need for a training programme which focuses on SI for psychedelic facilitators. 

The course will be a practical and theoretical exploration of SI, which is not based on religion or the supernatural, but is rooted in connection. In Latin ‘spirit’ means ‘breath’, and our spiritual self begins with our connection to the world through the breath, and then extends to a unifying deeper connection - to other people, to our environment and to an awareness of belonging to something larger than ourselves, to something above and beyond us. 

Course Details: 

When - The course begins on April 1st, 2023 and ends on September 30th, 2023.

Where - Online, you will receive weekly videos to watch at your own convenience and will engage with other participants in an online community. There will also be a live meeting on the last Saturday of every month at 9:30-11:30am (UK time) which will be recorded.

Cost - £1,200 (BTA members receive a 25% discount. Payment can be made in full or split into two payments, the first payment due upon registration and the second due by June 30th).

Module 1, 2 and 3 

The first three modules will be a practical exploration of Spirituality:

  • What is Spirituality?

  • The Neuroscience of Spirituality. 

  • Reviewing your own beliefs and attitudes towards Spirituality. 

  • The importance of talking about Spirituality with clients.

  • Assessing clients for Spiritual beliefs.

  • Developing language to discuss Spirituality.

Modules 4, 5 and 6

The next three modules are more theoretical in nature and will primarily draw upon the work of Dr. William Richards from his book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experience and will include: 

  • Intuitive Knowledge

  • Approaches to Unitive Consciousness 

  • New Perspectives on Time and Space

  • Reflections on Death

  • Fears of Awakening

  • Entering Into a New Paradigm


Diane Elliott


Diane has a Master of Arts degree from Buckingham University, London, in the Philosophy of Consciousness and Dual Brain Science. 

She holds Professional Certification with distinction from Alef Trust in Transpersonal Psychology and Psychedelics. 

She is also a licensed Neurolinguistic Programming Therapist (trained by NLP founder Richard Bandler). 

Diane is a director for the British Transpersonal Association and trains psychotherapists from the UK and Europe in the principles of Spiritual Intelligence, Dual Brain Science, Transpersonal Psychology and Psychedelic Facilitation. 

Diane is a researcher for The Shared Crossings Research Initiative, a U.S. based organisation which is collecting data from around the globe to classify shared death experiences (SDEs). She is also a trained End-of-Life Doula. 

She is currently studying The Science of Spirituality with the Spirituality, Mind Body Institute, Columbia University, New York.


Curriculum Advisor & Guest Lecturer: 

Dr William Richards


Dr Richards is now Director of Therapy at Sunstone Therapies. He has been a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, since 1999 when he and Roland Griffiths launched the rebirth of psilocybin research after a 22 year period of dormancy in the United States.  

He also is a consultant/trainer at sites of psychedelic research internationally and teaches in the Program of Psychedelic Therapy and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

With formal degrees both in psychology and theology, Dr Richards is interested in the intersection between the two; the psychology of religion.

Early in his career, Dr Richards studied with Dr Abraham Maslow in the US, and Dr Hanscarl Leuner in Germany.

His publications began in 1966 with “Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism,” coauthored with Walter Pahnke. His book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, was released in 2015 and has since been translated into multiple additional languages. 

“Transpersonal Psychology works really well (for psychedelic experiences), it works holistically with the whole person”.

- Natasja Pelgrom


The Transpersonal & Psychedelic Practitioner Certificate

Psychedelic Theory - Level I

This programme is for those wishing to train in psychedelic facilitation. You will explore Transpersonal Psychology, the history and legalities of psychedelics and the remaining 5 competencies for psychedelic facilitation: 


Empathetic Abiding Presence (and Holding Space)

Trust Enhancement 

Knowledge of the Physical and Psychological Effects of Psychedelics 

Therapist Self-Awareness and Ethical Integrity 

Proficiency in Complementary Techniques (During Psychedelic Experience and in Pre and Post Integration) 

When: October 1st 2023-March 31st 2024

Where: Online, you will receive weekly videos to watch at your own convenience and will engage with other participants in an online community.

There will also be a live meeting on the last Saturday of every month at 9:30-11:30am (UK time) which will be recorded.

Cost - £1,200 (BTA members receive a 25% discount. Payment can be made in full or split into two payments, the first payment due upon registration and the second due by December 31st 2023).

Psychedelic Practical - Level II

Level II level includes 3 retreats to the Netherlands. The first retreat will be in a participation role (undergoing a  psychedelic experience), the second retreat will be in an assisting role, and the third retreat will be in a facilitation role (under supervision - graduation dependent upon experience and performance).  

Netherlands Retreat #1 - Psychedelic Ceremony as a Participant, with pre/post integration.

Dates: Various in 2023 & 2024
Cost: £1,900

Netherlands Retreat #2 (Assistant Role)

Dates: Various (after March 2024 graduation and completion of Retreat #1).

Cost: £350 (for accommodation/food - plus travel costs).

Netherlands Retreat #3 (Facilitator, under supervision, Role)

Dates: Various - (after March 2024 graduation and completion of Retreat #1 and Retreat #2).
£350 (for 
accommodation/food - plus travel costs).

Eligibility Criteria: 

BTA welcomes applications from professionals working in various areas. For enquires, or to to book a 30 minute call to discuss, please email:

Numinous Experiences 



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Self Connection 

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