ALISON McQUEEN, MA, LPC, ATR

Alison McQueen, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS

Clinical Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness Clinic
Board Member and Natural Medicine Personal Use Support Practitioner with Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation non-profit
Lead Instructor of Psychedelic Sitters School
(SHE/HER)

Alison is the Clinical Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness clinic, where she practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. She serves as a Board Member and Natural Medicine Personal Use Support Practitioner with the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation non-profit. Alison is also a lead instructor in our training program for psychedelic professionals, Psychedelic Sitters School. Bringing together 15 years of experience in the mental health field, FDA-approved clinical research experience in psychedelic therapies, and four years of international experience in therapeutic art education in the Czech Republic, Alison works skillfully and empathically with individuals and groups in cultivating lives of meaning and authenticity.

Trained in MDMA-assisted, Cannabis-Assisted, and Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Therapies, as well as Psilocybin Support Services and Harm Reduction, Alison also specializes in art therapy,somatic (body-centered) trauma work,  and psychedelic integration. Her clinical work focuses on mindfulness-based trauma and depth work, conscious parenting, and post-traumatic growth. Her psychedelic support work focuses on personal and spiritual growth as well as harm reduction and integration. 

Alison served as Sub-Investigator and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapist/Researcher in the Phase 2 MAPS sponsored and FDA-approved study for the treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2019 she completed Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training with Dr. Philip Wolfson and the prestigious Ketamine Training Center,  and since 2014 she has been co-developing Psychedelic Cannabis protocols and trainings with her husband Daniel McQueen. Alison was educated by advanced legacy practitioners in Psilocybin Support Services and Harm Reduction. In addition to this, she has successfully completed Psychedelic First Aid Training through Psychedelic Sitters School which includes CPR certification, psychedelic mental health crisis intervention and suicide intervention training.

Alison holds a Master of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Naropa University (2012) and over three years of training in somatic trauma work with the Somatic Training Institute. She is on the board of directors for the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation and is a lead instructor in our training program for psychedelic professionals. She also teaches somatic trauma interventions at Psychedelic Sitters School. Bringing together 15 years of experience in the mental health field, FDA-approved clinical research experience in psychedelic therapies, and four years of international experience in therapeutic art education in the Czech Republic, Alison works skillfully and empathically with individuals and groups in cultivating lives of meaning and authenticity.

Alison believes that no one does this work alone, and is inspired by a transparent and collaborative feminist approach to healing. Your stories, your wisdom, and your vulnerabilities are safe with her. We invite you to reach out so that she may support you on your journey. 

Practitioner’s Statement. . .

My calling is to do my part to resolve trauma on the personal and global level, and I am deeply passionate about alternative and holistic therapies. Since 2012, when I co-founded the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness, I have been teaching best practices in psychedelic support services. I partner with medical experts to support individuals in safe, sacred, and legal altered states exploration and in developing ‘right relationship’ with the substances they are using. 

Over the past 15 years (and before becoming a full-time psychedelic professional),  I have had the honor of working in mental health settings as well as in educational and art-based community settings with a number of unique populations both in the United States and Eastern Europe. Some of the people who have inspired my path are (in chronological order) : children in New Mexico who have parents living in the prison system, first-generation New Mexicans who were experiencing hunger, ethnic minorities living in the Czech Republic (especially Romani, Asian and African immigrants and refugees), Czech & American preschoolers and their families, adults in Colorado with mental health diagnoses who were also transitioning out of prison systems, as well as  elders with late-stage dementia, institutional trauma, depression and end-of-life anxiety. Most recently, I have also had the pleasure of working closely with women on the initiatory path of Deep Feminism through co-facilitating Goddess Mythology groups with Karina Maria Tibble. I have cherished each and every person I have worked with over the years, and am grateful for what they have taught me about the value of authentic human connection. 

I deeply trust in the basic goodness within each of us, and I have immense faith in the resilience of the human spirit.  I am passionate about creating safe and healthy containers for growth and transformation. I identify as a BIPOC and LGBTQI+ ally and am committed to the path of conscious leadership.

Spiritual Statement

As a licensed professional counselor with a Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology (with an emphasis in Art Therapy) from Naropa University, my work bridges clinical psychology with spirituality, mindfulness, art, meditation, and an exploration of each client’s own soul language and personal connection to what is sacred and meaningful for them. When requested by clients, I bring spiritual ceremony, ritual, ancestor work and prayer into session work. Psychedelic sessions are often innately spiritual and mystical in nature for many of my clients and I am professionally trained to navigate these realms with them. My own personal spiritual practice integrates intentional, safe and sacred medicine use practices with art, meditation, and somatic journeywork. I believe the states that can be reached through supported and ceremonial psychedelic experiences are each person’s birthright and I am called to make these spiritual (though non-dogmatic) practices accessible to my clients. This work is in alignment with the Natural Medicine Health Act and subsequent legislation which was passed in Colorado in 2022. 

Areas of Specialization

*All references to psychedelic therapy refer only to Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy provided within currently accepted standards of care. Alison does not provide any psychedelic therapy in the context of any other substance.