I will be giving an overview of Ibogaine as a treatment for addiction, particularly to opiates, and discussing the importance of viability and sustainability.  The value of assessment, both medical and psychological.

How Ibogaine therapy started in Dunedin, New Zealand, and my training with Tanea Paterson as well as her contributions to ibogaine therapy.

I will talk about the experience itself from my personal perspective and how it impacted my life, and the window of opportunity for change, post-treatment.  Finally, I will talk about the future of ibogaine therapy in Aotearoa and what is needed to make this a viable treatment option for addiction.


Kirsty MacLeod is a counsellor and addictions practitioner from Dunedin, New Zealand.

She began training as an ibogaine provider after her own transformative ibogaine experience in 2012, and has since provided treatments for addiction, alongside her mentor, Tanea Paterson.

Kirsty has a particular interest in transformative psychedelic experiences and states of consciousness. She is passionate about the relationship between these experiences and creating lasting change. Kirsty is a proponent of post-treatment therapy and proper integration of the experience.

Currently working in the family violence sector, Kirsty is studying psychodrama and runs men's and women's therapy groups, as well as providing individual and relationship counselling.

Kirsty is looking to the future of ibogaine therapy in NZ and the challenges of attempting this as a mainstream treatment for addiction.

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