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Conversations with Leo Zeff, pioneer in the underground psychedelic therapy movement.
Paperback, Revised edition, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by MAPS (first published 1997)
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Sam
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing resource for anyone who is interested in learning about psychedelics, or with psychedelics.

Leo Zeff (AKA Jacob, or The Secret Chief) was a therapist who saw such tremendous results from the therapeutic application of psychedelics that he continued to quietly work with them after they were made illegal. Since he has passed on, his story and identity are now okay to reveal.

"The Secret Chief" nickname was given to Zeff by none other than Terrance McKenna. Zeff was one of the ma
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Cooper Cooper
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a psychologist, "Jacob" (pseudonym), who applied psychedelic drugs throughout his practice of psychotherapy until his death twenty or so ago—in spite of the fact that such drugs had been declared illegal in the mid-60's. The body of the book is an interview with Jacob conducted in the early 80s but never before published; this is followed by an appendix paraphrasing the drug experiences of five of his clients, and an appendix listing resources for those interested in psychede ...more
Darkvine
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
When psychedelics became illegal many therapists using these substances had to revert back to regular medicine and talks, some others went underground during the new era of prohibition and continued psychedelic therapy valuing the benefits so much it outweighs the risks.
The book is an interview with one of those secretive therapists, written in a chatty interview use of language that makes you feel like you are just sitting in a bar talking psychedelic drugs and trip reports over a beer rather t
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The book is written in a conversational style - mostly in the words of Leo Zeff with guiding and sometimes inquiring questions from Myron Stolaroff. The reasons for choosing this style are laid out in the foreword - it maintains the personality of the speaker while still transporting the core message clearly.

I thoroughly support the choice in this case because the whole book feels like a very well structured deep and open conversa
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Add Staples
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening.
An excellent read about one man's individual and group psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy sessions.
Not just any man though, a pioneer in the underground psychedelic therapy movement.
Highly recommended if one is interested in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychedelics, Spirituality, and more.
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Brandon
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet memoir. Practical dosing info.
Ella Shannon
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book, about a really inspiring man. If you are interested in psychedelic assisted therapy it is a must read.
Cristela Tello
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Leo Zeff was a fascinating man. I read this whole book in one seating doing some research for work. I love the style it was written to, it made it very easy to read.
Teo 2050
2015.08.06–2015.08.11

Contents

Stolaroff MJ (2005) Secret Chief Revealed, The - Conversations with Leo Zeff, pioneer in the underground psychedelic therapy movement

Introduction to the second edition

Prologue by Stan Grof
Tribute to Jacob by Ann Shulgin
Foreword by Albert Hofmann

Introduction

1. Early Beginnings
2. Selection and Preparation
3. The Individual Trip
4. The Group Trip
5. Materials and Doses
6. Outcomes

Epilogue by Sasha Shulgin

Appendix I: Personal Accounts
Appendix II: New to the second edition: T
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James Jesso
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely wonderful resource on working with psychedelics for therapy an their personal potentials. Also a great little dip into the hidden network of the early years of prohibition. I highly enjoyed it.
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