Reconnect self, community, and nature by means of transformational 
consciousness technologies.


Our vision

RECONNECT Foundation is a non-profit organisation, based in Switzerland, with the mission to establish a novel approach to transformational and sustainable healthcare with a focus on mental health and holistic well-being. 

We promote research and development of novel  therapeutic approaches that facilitate transformational experiences and enhance psychological flexibility, mindfulness-related capabilities, and personal development.

"Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves."  Mahatma Gandhi

AFFECTIVE MOOD DISORDERS AND TRANSFORMATIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

While the burden in mental health care is soaring to worldwide epidemic levels (Bloom et al., 2012), the core of today’s mainstream clinical management of mood disorders includes a palette of antidepressant drugs with suboptimal efficacy (Fournier et al., 2010; Kirsch et al., 2008). The resulting crisis in mental health care points towards a large and unmet clinical need to investigate novel approaches to combine pharmacology and psychotherapy, and shift the paradigm from pharmacological substitution to transformation-based therapy. 

AFFECTIVE MOOD DISORDERS AND TRANSFORMATIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

While the burden in mental health care is soaring to worldwide epidemic levels (Bloom et al., 2012), the core of today’s mainstream clinical management of mood disorders includes a palette of antidepressant drugs with suboptimal efficacy (Fournier et al., 2010; Kirsch et al., 2008). The resulting crisis in mental health care points towards a large and unmet clinical need to investigate novel approaches to combine pharmacology and psychotherapy, and shift the paradigm from pharmacological substitution to transformation-based therapy. 

"The good life is a process, not a state of being." Carl Rogers

​current projects

As a step towards creating an evidence-based fundament for Transformational Psychotherapy, RECONNECT is currently supporting a multi-year clinical research programme at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Zurich. The goal is to investigate how psychointegrative plant medicine can be used as a support for efficient psychotherapy of stress-related and affective mood disorders.

"Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable - a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional."  Brian Greene

INNOVATION

INTEGRATIVE PLANT MEDICINE

Psychointegrative plants or compounds have been used in the context of ancestral medicinal traditions around the planet for centuries. Reconnect advocates the scientific investigation of the therapeutic potential of psychointegrative plant medicines as process and consciousness catalysers within a novel transformational psychotherapy approach. If used by skilled psychotherapists in a safe, legal and controlled setting, such “Deep Consciousness Technologies” have the potential to address the unmet need for rapid and sustainable relief from various mental health problems (Palhano-Fontes 2017​; Carhart-Harris 2016​; Carhart-Harris 2018​).

INNOVATION

INTEGRATIVE PLANT MEDICINE

Psychointegrative plants or compounds have been used in the context of ancestral medicinal traditions around the planet for centuries. Reconnect advocates the scientific investigation of the therapeutic potential of psychointegrative plant medicines as process and consciousness catalysers within a novel transformational psychotherapy approach. If used by skilled psychotherapists in a safe, legal and controlled setting, such “Deep Consciousness Technologies” have the potential to address the unmet need for rapid and sustainable relief from various mental health problems (Palhano-Fontes 2017, Carhart-Harris 2016, Carhart-Harris 2018).

SOCIAL  IMPACT

RECONNECTION TO SELF, OTHERS, AND NATURE

The level of self-awareness and connectedness to our natural habitat have a direct and practical impact on human behaviour and the way we exploit our environment to sustain societal functioning. Sustainable behavioural change occurs, when ecology becomes a part of an individual’s self-construal. Initial socio-psychological research suggest a promotion of deep ecological consciousness and practical behavioural change amongst users of psychedelics (Forstmann et al., 2017). This is a great potential that should be further investigated, considering the existential threat for humanity by the global ecological crisis.

SOCIAL  IMPACT

RECONNECTION TO SELF, OTHERS, AND NATURE

The level of self-awareness and connectedness to our natural habitat have a direct and practical impact on human behaviour and the way we exploit our environment to sustain societal functioning. Sustainable behavioural change occurs, when ecology becomes a part of an individual’s self-construal. Initial socio-psychological research suggest a promotion of deep ecological consciousness and practical behavioural change amongst users of psychedelics (Forstmann et al., 2017). This is a great potential that should be further investigated, considering the existential threat for humanity by the global ecological crisis.

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Who we are

The people behind RECONNECT are a dedicated group of professionals from the domains of mental health care, integrative medicine, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, social entrepreneurship and online community building, with the common goal to work towards a more conscious and reconnected world.

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