Born in Germany in 1947, she lived in the United States from 1970 to 1974. In Germany, she trained as a nurse (1975–1978) and went to medical school (1979–1986). Dr Meckel is specialized in industrial medicine and psychotherapy. She worked in industry as a company doctor and she was an assistant medical director in a clinic for executive addicts.
Dr Meckel trained as a holotropic breathwork facilitator with Stan Grof, with certification given in 1991. She also trained in psycholytic therapy with Samuel Widmer (1992–1995). She has been a self‐employed psychotherapist since 1997 and runs holotropic breathwork and systemic family constellation workshops. For some years, she also gave psycholytic workshops.
For a period of about 10 years, Dr Meckel worked with approximately 100 underground persons who were using MDMA, LSD, 2C-B and psilocybin for psychointegrative healing work. She was then betrayed by a client, arrested, put under trial and ultimately sentenced of violating the Narcotics Act in 2010 – not her client, however, who, paradoxically, allowed Dr Meckel to openly speak about her experiences and findings.
Dr Meckel is married and has her residence in Zurich, Switzerland. She has three children from a previous marriage.
Topic: “Therapy with substance – psycholytic psychotherapy in the twenty-first century”
The practical use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of people who are resistant to normal psychotherapy.
Psychedelic drugs were routinely used in clinical research and psychotherapy until the 1960s. Since then, they have been illegal except for a short period in the 1990s in Switzerland. During this window of opportunity, Dr Fischer began using psychedelics to assist the progress of those of her patients who were “stuck.” This book is a description of her use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy: the group’s work, the technical approach, the substances themselves and how to work with them. There is a special focus on the preparation of the mindset, the setting and the integration as these are the most important determinants of good outcomes. This is a unique account and the definitive guide for the new generation of psychedelic psychotherapists.
some more about Friederike Meckel – here talk 2015 at breakingconvention