Brian DePalma was born in Goshen, New York. He is a playful psychedelic plant-enthusiast and associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2017. Brian went on to practice in sliding-scale trauma-informed community mental health at the Liberation Institute in San Francisco — just $1 for a session. His commitment reflects his core values that healing and vital community connection should be accessible across racial and class divides. He is a co-founder of Sacred Garden Community since 2017 and is currently a “Blooming Being Community Steward”, supporting new practice and facilitation. Brian started working with Zendo, psychedelic-harm reduction in 2015, where he facilitated safe spaces and cozy containers for integration. His love for cultural exchange and ritual brought him to study for months in the Rio Blanco, the Ecuadorian Amazon region in 2009. Working with Professor Heather Hall of Sante Fe College, this time solidified a commitment to community psychedelic guiding in both individual and group settings. He is currently working with foster children, teenagers & families working through domestic violence transitions. Much of Brian’s practice utilizes play therapy and personal narratives in client-centered and somatic-focused therapy sessions. Brian focuses on relieving trauma symptoms that can be a result of history, intersectionality of identities/systemic oppression, and a myriad of factors in the story of each individual and their ancestors. Brian is currently finishing up a two-year entheogenic plant-Sacrament apprenticeship, while also focusing independently on herbs, tinctures, and alternatives in holistic Sacrament. He is also currently applying for dual citizenship in Ireland in order to pursue a reconnection to Irish Celtic earth-focused traditions, plant-Sacrament, and healers from his Gaelic family of origin.
Blooming Being Community Steward