Andrew Feldmár

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Andrew Feldmár
Feldmár András
Feldmár András.jpg
Born28 October 1940
Budapest, Hungary

Andrew Feldmár (Feldmár András; born 28 October 1940, in Budapest) is a Hungarian born psychotherapist living in Canada. He is most known as the Hungarian follower of R. D. Laing, the Scottish psychiatrist who was one of the leading figures of the counterculture of the 1960s. Laing, who later became his friend, was his teacher and therapist first.[1][2][3][4][5] Following his mentor, Feldmár practices and popularizes a form of radical psychotherapy, where the main goal of the therapist is to engage in a real, spontaneous and honest relationship with the patient. This approach is based on the findings of research on interpersonal phenomenology, spiritual emergency, the anthropology of healing, existential psychotherapy and community therapy. Feldmár rejects the labelling of human suffering, and therefore distances himself from the mainstream forms of psychiatry and psychotherapy which are based on the concept of mental illness.[6][7][8][9] He has published many books in Hungarian, he lectures, teaches, provides supervision and therapy internationally, he has worked as a psychotherapist with over 48 years of experience, having spent more than 100,000 hours in psychotherapy with clients. He has been noticeably successful treating psychotic patients. He is a well-known expert in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]


Andrew Feldmár was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1940 in a non-religious Jewish family. When he was 3 and a half years old his mother was taken to Auschwitz, his father to a labor camp, and his grandmother to the Budapest ghetto. However his father managed to arrange for a young Catholic woman to take the young Andrew. For a year and a half he was living with the woman called Irén Igaz (in Hungarian her last name means righteous) and her kids. To protect him, he had to be called by a different name. His relatives came back around 1945. After the defeat of the 1956 revolution, at the age of 16 he immigrated to Canada alone. Feldmár holds an Honours BA in mathematics, physics and chemistry from the University of Toronto, as well as an MA in psychology from the University of Western Ontario. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Psychological Association. Feldmár is married, he has a daughter and a son.


Feldmár had been trained in the practice of psychotherapy and was trained and supervised in LSD therapy under R.D. Laing in London between 1974-75.[23][24] During this year he also studied from a wide range of well-known experts of their fields: Francis Huxley, John Heaton, Hugh Crawford and Leon Redler. Feldmár also worked with one of the founders of transpersonal psychology Stanislav Grof at the Esalen Institute in California. He gained further experience in the field while volunteering at Hollywood Hospital in New Westminster, where LSD was legally used for research and therapy. He gained experience in Brief psychotherapy in Palo Alto in the research group of Paul Watzlawick. While still legal, he had been involved in different projects concerning the use of MDMA in psychotherapy. In 2008 Feldmár was involved in a research study, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to show the efficacy of MDMA as an adjunct to psychotherapy with severe cases of PTSD.[25][26][27][28] He is currently a mentor in the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research program in California.[29] Although he promotes the benefits of research and use of psychedelics in therapy he does not practice it due to its illegality.

He has participated in many research projects and taught, lectured and lead workshops at the Simon Fraser University (SFU),[30] University of British Columbia (UBC),[31] Emily Carr and Douglas College,[32] The Cold Mountain Institute,[33] The Collingwood Institute and meetings of BC Psychologists Association as well as in Europe (e.g. London[34] and Stuttgart[35][36]). In Hungary he is a frequent participant of popular open lectures and podiums,[37] he has a regular column with Dorottya Büky in the Hungarian newspaper HVG.[38]

In 1989, he was a guest on a 3-part CBC Ideas radio series entitled R.D. Laing Today.[39] He has also worked as a consultant in both television and film (e.g. Showcase's Kink series).[40] He founded the Integra Households Association, a non profit charity working with those in extreme mental distress. In the 1987 film, Did You Used to be R.D. Laing? which he co-produced, Feldmár played together with Laing. He also played in the 2013 documentary, From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines.[41] In 2007, he appeared in an episode of the Colbert Report,[42] after he was banned from the US for several years as the result of a border guard googling his work.[43][44][45]

Feldmár worked for several international organizations as a specialist in mental health. In 1993 he took part in the UNESCO Chernobyl Program in Minsk, Belarus. He participated in training specialists for the Community Mental Health Centers for the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe. For two weeks in 1996 he was a consultant for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bosnia and Croatia.

To popularize Feldmár's work, his theoretical and practical approach to mental health Andrew Feldmár and a group of professionals in 2006 founded an institute in Budapest, Hungary, called Feldmár Intézet (in English: Feldmár Institute). The nonprofit organization is organizing and hosting popular events and an annual summer school.[46] The Institute sponsors a reintegration program for inmates which has proven to be significantly successful. (Only 5 out of the 65 convicted participants are registered as re-offenders, while the national rate is 50%.)[47] The Institute is also involved in the sponsorship and professional work of the Soteria Shelter program in Budapest, a non-coercive alternative to psychiatric hospitalization.[48] In 2019, Feldmár Institut Stuttgart was officially founded.[49][50]

Feldmár has been writing poems since his childhood. In the mid 60's he was the Poet of the Month on Toronto's CHQM radio, and his poetry was read at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2007 a selection of his haikus was published in a bilingual (English-Hungarian) poetry book.[51] His poems were translated by the famous Hungarian contemporary poet Dezső Tandori.[52] He translated Géza Gárdonyi's novel, Slave of the Huns which was first published in English in 1969.

Bibliography (in Hungarian)[edit]

  • A tudatállapotok szivárványa (1997, ISBN 963-04-8872-8; 1998, ISBN 963-04-9875-8)
  • Van élet a halál előtt? – beszélgetések Feldmár Andrással (Fliegauf Benedek, 2004, ISBN 9639604003)
  • Beszélgetések Feldmár Andrással, A tudatállapotok szivárványa szerzőjével (2002, ISBN 9632044371)
  • Apró részletekben (2004, ISBN 963216802X, ill. ISBN 9789632168029)
  • Végzet, sors, szabad akarat (2004, ISBN 9637168087, ill. ISBN 9789637168086) with Ranschburg Jenő and Popper Péter
  • A tudatállapotok szivárványa (2006, ISBN 9789632044378 – complete edition)
  • Feldmár mesél – Egy terapeuta történetei. (2007, ISBN 9789639604261)
  • Küszöbgyakorlatok (2007, ISBN 9789639604391) – with Büky Dorottya
  • Szégyen és szeretet (2008, ISBN 9789639604506)
  • A tudatállapotok szivárványa (2007, ISBN 9789638666970 – second edition)
  • Igazi vagy? Iskola nőknek (2008, ISBN 9789639604674) – with Bernát Orsolya and Büky Dorottya
  • Szabadság, szerelem (2009, ISBN 9789639604780)
  • A tudatállapotok szivárványa (2010, ISBN 9789639971127 – revised edition)
  • A barna tehén fia (2010, ISBN 9789639971356) – with Büky Dorottya
  • Szabadíts meg a Gonosztól! (2011, ISBN 9789639971158)
  • Belső utakon – A Nyitott Akadémia válogatott előadásai önismeretről, sorsról és szabadságról (2011, ISBN 9789638941930); with Bagdy Emőke, Dr. Czeizel Endre, Dr. Csernus Imre, Daubner Béla, Kádár Annamária, Kígyós Éva, Pál Ferenc, Popper Péter, Ranschburg Jenő, Szendi Gábor
  • Ébredések (2012, ISBN 9789639971868)
  • Útmutató tévelygőknek (2012, ISBN 9786155235313) – with Büky Dorottya
  • Most vagy soha (2014, ISBN 9789633041536)
  • Életunalom, élettér, életkedv (2014, ISBN 9789633041819)
  • Hogyan lesz a gyerekből felnőtt? (2014, ISBN 9789633041956)
  • Álom és valóság (2015, ISBN 9789633042304)
  • Akarat és odaadás (2015, ISBN 9789633042922)
  • Félelem, düh, agresszió és szex (2016, ISBN 9789633043486)
  • A rettenetes, a csodálatos (2016, ISBN 9789633043837)
  • Credo (2017, ISBN 9789633044360)
  • Ellenállás (2018, ISBN 9789633045657)
  • Kapcsolatok könyve - Újabb útmutató tévelygőknek (2018, ISBN 9789633046913) – with Büky Dorottya
  • Őszinteség (2019, ISBN 9789633046890)
  • A cudar édesanya (2019, ISBN 9789633048047) – with Büky Dorottya
  • Személyes és személytelen (HVG Könyvek, Bp., 2020, ISBN 9789633049525)
  • A tudatállapotok szivárványa – revision for Andrew Feldmár's 80th birthday (HVG Könyvek, Bp., 2020, ISBN 9789633049594)
  • Szabadság és szabad akarat – Idézetek könyve (HVG Könyvek Bp., 2021, ISBN 9789635650323)
  • Másfél méter – Beszélgetések a szeretetről (HVG Könyvek Bp., 2021, ISBN 9789635651153) – with Büky Dorottya

Selected works (in English)[edit]




External links[edit]


  1. ^ Feldmár, Andrew. "Entheogens and Psychotherapy". Janus Head.
  2. ^ Theodor Itten and Courtenay Young (2012). R.D.Laing: 50 years since The Divided Self. PCCS Books. pp. Chapter II/12 – Andrew Feldmár: Love, will, and the hatred of reality. ISBN 978-1906254544.
  3. ^ "R.D. Laing Radio Series with Andrew Feldmár and Patricia Wilensky, 1989, CBC Radio". British Universities Film and Video Council.
  4. ^ "R. D. Laing and the Courage to Be". Saybrook University. 2013-06-12.
  5. ^ "Andrew Feldmár: RD Laing - Existentialism and Buddhism (a lecture on video at UBC, 2017)".
  6. ^ "The Depression Confessions - Vancouver, 2017". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Deconstructing Psychiatry (Vancouver Co-op Radio, 2011)". YouTube.
  8. ^ "Andrew Feldmár on Psychotherapy - Feldmár Institute, 2016". YouTube.
  9. ^ "Andrew Feldmár - Lunar Eclipse -- A Life Worth Living (TEDxDanubia, 2011, Budapest)". YouTube.
  10. ^ "The Psychedelic Apprentice - Psychedelic Science, 2013, California". YouTube.
  11. ^ "The LSD Psychotherapist - King's Society for Psychedelic Studies, 2017, London". Vimeo. 2016-12-17.
  12. ^ "Psychedelic Therapy: Notes from the Underground - Breaking Convention, 2015". YouTube. 2015-08-17.
  13. ^ "Therapeutic Use of Psychedelics Overview & Personal Journey - Andrew Feldmar (Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum, 2015, Canada)". YouTube.
  14. ^ "Andrew Feldmár - LSD, MDMA, & Therapy - Change Truth, 2016". YouTube.
  15. ^ "Andrew Feldmár on MAPS Canada". Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
  16. ^ "Andrew Feldmár: "Entheogens and Other Medicines for the Soul, for the Spirit, for Us."". Spirit Plant Medicine. 2016-04-06.
  17. ^ "High hopes: Why science is seeking a pardon for psychedelics". Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  18. ^ The Vancouver Psychedelic Society - Andrew Feldmar on Entheogens & Radical Psychotherapy, 2020
  19. ^ The Maudsley Psychedelic Society (February 2021). "Andrew Feldmar – Radical Adventure: Prolegomena to Psychedelic Psychotherapy".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Psychoanalysis and Psychedelics: The Inaugural Event, The Maudsley Psychedelic Society (February 2021). "Panel discussion with Andrew Feldmár, Paul Zeal and Nathan Gorelick".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Feldmár, Andrew (2021). "1". On the Therapeutic Stance during Psychedelic Psychotherapy. Park Street Press. ISBN 1644113325.
  22. ^ Institute of Psychedelic Therapy. "Psychedelics & Psychotherapy Book Launch, 2022".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ R.D. Laing : 50 years since The divided self / edited by Theodor Itten & Courtenay Young
  24. ^ "Entheogens and Psychotherapy". Janus Head.
  25. ^ Feldmár, Andrew (2008-08-19). "Andrew Feldmár: Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands". The Guardian.
  26. ^ "Interview with Andrew Feldmar About Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy". MAPS.
  27. ^ "The Rainbow States of Consciousness - Andrew Feldmar - Conscious Living Radio". Conscious Living Radio. 2014-10-08. p. listen the interview here: Retrieved 2018-07-02.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Andrew Feldmár: MDMA for PTSD". YouTube.
  29. ^ "Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research". California Institute of Integral Studies.
  30. ^ "Andrew Feldmár: A Laingian/Psychedelic/Therapeutic Perspective on The Denial of Death - Ernest Becker Legacy conference (2015)". The Ernest Becker Foundation.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  31. ^ "Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (2014)". 2016-04-06.
  32. ^ "Andrew Feldmár: The dangers of taking R.D. Laing seriously (2018)".
  33. ^ "A practical therapy workshop by R.D. Laing and Andrew Feldmár". Yoga Journal. May 1985.
  34. ^ "The LSD Psychotherapists - King's Society for Psychedelic Studies (2016)". Vimeo. 2016-12-17.
  35. ^ "International Colloquium of the Centre for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (2018)". University of Stuttgart.
  36. ^ Dream a little Dream - International Colloquium 2019
  37. ^ Most recently: CEU, 2019
  38. ^ "Feldmár András: "Trauma bármilyen élmény, aminek a végét várom"". HVG. 2018-03-11.
  39. ^ "Ideas - R.D. Laing". CBC Radio.
  40. ^ "Andrew Feldmár on IMDB". IMDB.
  41. ^ "Andrew Feldmár ☆ From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines ☆ 2013". YouTube.
  42. ^ "Nailed 'em - Northern Border (2007)". Comedy Central.
  43. ^ "LSD as Therapy? Write about It, Get Barred from US". The Tyee. 2007-04-23.
  44. ^ Feldmár, Andrew (2007-08-08). "Closed doors of perception". The Guardian.
  45. ^ "Viktor Mayer-Schönberger: Delete - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age" (PDF). Zhejiang University School of Public Health.
  46. ^ "Summer School with Andrew Feldmár in 2017".
  47. ^ "Story-circle in the Prison".
  48. ^ "Soteria Shelter Program in Hungary: Crisis as Danger and Opportunity". Mad In America. 2017-01-21.
  49. ^ Feldmár Institut Stuttgart
  50. ^ The founders
  51. ^ "Küszöbgyakorlatok".
  52. ^ "Terebess Online".
  53. ^ "Psychedelics and Psychotherapy: The Healing Potential of Expanded States".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)