Meris Williams

Meris Williams

PhD

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Introduction
I am a Canadian counselling psychologist who has worked clinically in institutional and private practice settings, with a focus on eating disorders and trauma. My current research collaborations include investigations related to the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca and other psychedelic medicines, professional ethics, and qualitative methods (e.g., exploratory studies on preparation and integration practices, risks and benefits, and psychedelic experiences of love).

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Publications (11)
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Given the mortality, chronicity, and treatment drop-out rates observed among individuals with eating disorders (EDs), innovative approaches are needed. Ayahuasca, a psychedelic plant medicine from the Amazon, is currently being investigated. This study expands on prior exploratory research by describing the perspectives of ayahuasca ceremony leader...
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Ayahuasca is a psychotropic plant-based tea from the Amazon. Its ceremonial use for therapeutic and spiritual purposes has become increasingly common and stands to escalate based on current policy initiatives in some countries. As ceremonial ayahuasca use spreads there is a need to understand, from various perspectives, how best to improve outcomes...
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This qualitative study sought to explore and understand eating disorder (ED) therapists' perceptions of whether and how their personal ED histories had professional ethical relevance. Analysis of multiple interviews with 11 therapist-participants indicated that they perceived their personal ED histories as having substantial ethical relevance in th...
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Mental health professionals lack systematic criteria against which to assess their competence to provide psychotherapy to eating disordered clients. In this Delphi study, a multidisciplinary panel of professionals with expertise in eating disorders treatment reached a consensus on essential eating disorders psychotherapy competencies, which include...
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The study's purpose was to identify and categorize the factors that helped or hindered therapists' ability to learn and implement Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples. Fourteen therapists were interviewed using the Critical Incident Technique and asked to describe experiences that had helped or hindered their learning process. A total of 5...
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To present the career issues of clients with eating disorders (EDs) from a more holistic perspective, the author gives an overview of EDs, describes the career challenges that such clients may experience, and identifies several theories that may be helpful in conceptualizing their career choices. Suggestions for practice are offered.
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A time cohort comparison was conducted, via questionnaire, with Canadian psychiatry residents in 1990 and 2004 regarding their education and training in eating disorders (EDs). Instruction and clinical experiences in EDs were not perceived as adequate by senior residents in either cohort, although increases in instruction and clinical opportunities...
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The purpose of this study was to identify and categorize the variables that clients consider important for forming and strengthening a positive therapeutic alliance. Forty participants were interviewed using the critical incident technique and asked to describe observable behaviors and verbalizations that they thought had significantly helped estab...
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The purpose of this study was to identify and categorize the variables that clients consider important for forming and strengthening a positive therapeutic alliance. Forty participants were interviewed using the critical incident technique and asked to describe observable behaviors and verbalizations that they thought had significantly helped estab...

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