Anja Loizaga-Velder

Anja Katharina Loizaga-Velder is a German-Mexican clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, who has been investigating the therapeutic potential of the ritual use of psychedelic plants for over 25 years, in collaboration with indigenous healers.


She earned a PhD degree in Medical Psychology from Heidelberg University in Germany with a doctoral dissertation on: The therapeutic uses of ayahuasca in addiction treatment. She is a founding member and director of research and psychotherapy of the Nierika Institute for Intercultural Medicine in Mexico and is an adjunct professor and researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she researches the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in intercultural therapeutic settings. Additionally, she works as a psychotherapist with humanistic and transpersonal orientation in private practice.

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