Erin Jacklin

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
CEO and Founder, The Catalyst Center
Board Chair, Ardent Grove Foundation

Dedicated to building a sustainable model of healing

I started my journey into psychedelic therapy as a skeptic. I have a healthy respect for the risks of substances, prescribed or otherwise. Personally, I have lost two loved ones to drug overdoses. I have worked with people trying to rebuild their lives after substance abuse and with grieving parents whose children died from drug or alcohol abuse. I am also wary of the unintended consequences of even “normal” substance use for people with certain genetic vulnerabilities.  Schizophrenia runs in my family, and I have seen up close the devastating consequences of this disease. I have long wondered what if any impact precocious experimentation with substances had on the course of my family member’s life. They may have ended up expressing schizophrenia either way, but twin studies suggest that our environment, especially certain chemicals introduced while the brain is still developing, can make a huge difference.

How the heck did a drug skeptic like me become a passionate advocate of psychedelics?

I have long resonated with a mix of nerdy science and woo-woo spirituality. Before I started studying psychedelics, I was a committed meditator with strong gravitation toward spirituality. My work has always felt like an expression of my spirituality, even though I do not discuss religion or the spiritual with my clients unless they bring it into our work. It feels like I am channeling the loving-kindness of something much greater than myself when I am present with people in some of the darkest moments of their lives while being authentically compassionate and non-judgmental no matter what choices they make. I have grown tremendously as a person through years of mediation and therapy (both as a participant and a therapist). I feel deeply grateful that this is the work I have been called to do. It feels real and meaningful even as it is painful at times, and often challenging.

I am also a student of data and love how a good meta-analysis can guide me as a clinician and as a person. I love being able to use data to help me determine what to spend time focused on improving and what may not make much of an impact. I hold this alongside an awareness of the limitations of even the best research to capture the nuance and complexity of a human being. Data guides my decision-making as a clinician, knowing what the evidence would suggest is going to be most helpful for this client or situation, and I temper my reliance on data with my own years of experience and my faith in the wisdom residing within each of us.

Somehow all of these aspects coalesced in the early 2010s in a curiosity about the emerging research on using psychedelics in therapy. I followed with interest as more and more research began to be produced looking at the potential for psychedelics to help with the very mental health conditions I was so passionate about treating. As the data continued to roll in, I slowly became less wary and more curious. Knowing the best path for me involved structured intensive study, in 2021 I decided to dive in and enrolled in a year-long training program to become a Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and affiliated with MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Over the course of that year of intensive training, I immersed myself in the literature about these therapeutic approaches to psychedelics, looked closely at the risks and benefits, and decided that this was important and beneficial enough to bring into my work. As part of the training, I was able to participate as a client which further validated my belief in the powerful healing potential of psychedelics when done in a safe and therapeutic environment. Experiencing them myself also underscored for me the potential risks and the importance of the safeguards we have put in place. 

So, now I am bringing my years of interest and study into practice as a psychedelic therapist. I welcome your skepticism, your spiritual questing, and your longing for healing.

There is wisdom and healing in these medicines, and perhaps most importantly, there is wisdom and the potential for healing within each of us. These medicines may offer a way to help us access them.


  • 2010 Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Specialty Focus in Psychological Assessment, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
  • 2007 M.A. Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver
  • 2003 Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College, Summa Cum Laude

Advanced Trainings

  • 2022 Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Provider, Integrative Psychiatry Institute
  • 2019 Memory Reconsolidation, The Flash Technique & EMDR Training
  • 2018 Neurofeedback Basic Certification, Neuroptimal System. Training through Zengar, Victoria, BC
  • 2016 Wartegg Drawing Completion Test Training (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • 2014 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training, Basic Certification

Teaching Experience:

  • 2011-2014 Adjunct Professor: Assessment Seminar, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

  • Fall 2008, Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to the Rorschach, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Primary Instructor: E. Hale Martin, Ph.D.

Presentations and Publications

  • 2019 Featured in Colorado Parent Magazine Article
  • Drake-McDonough, C. (2019), How to Avoid Family Vacation Misery. In Colorado Parent Magazine (April 23, 2019). https://www.coloradoparent.com/avoid-family-vacation-misery/
  • 2019 Featured in Radio Program for NBRFM
  • 2018 Winner, Top 5 for Family Therapy: The Catalyst Center, Colorado Parent Magazine
  • Jacklin, E (2017). Developing Therapeutic Assessment in Private Practice. In E. H. Martin (Chair), Obstacles and Opportunities for Therapeutic Assessment. Panel presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Francisco, CA.
  • Jacklin, E (2015). Finding Your Voice: Writing clinically meaningful reports and letters. In D. Engelman (Chair), Assessment’s Neglected Child: Why We Need to use and Teach Quality Writing Skills. Panel presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Boston, MA.
  • Jacklin, E., Doukas, K. (2013). Intersections of Trauma and Gender Variant/Transgender Identity:  Treatment Considerations for Compassionate, High-Quality care. Paper Presentation at Colorado Gold Rush Conference, Denver, CO
    see review of presentation at: http://blasiuscounseling.com/trauma-and-oppression-insights-from-the-gold-rush-conference/
  • Martin, H., Jacklin, E. (2012). Therapeutic Assessment Involving Multiple Life Issues: Coming to Terms with Problems of Health, Culture and Learning. In S. Finn, C. Fischer and L. Handler (Eds.) Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide. (pg. 157-178) New Jersey: Wiley.
  • Jacklin, E., Doukas, K. (2012). Guide to Assessing Postpartum Mood Disorders. Presented in Multiple Medical Office In-Service Trainings throughout the Denver Metro Area
  • Doctoral Paper (2010), The Development of the Consultative Assessment Questionnaire, University of Denver, Doctoral Comittee: Drs. E. Hale Martin & Stephen E. Finn
  • Jacklin, E. (2009). Approaches to Therapeutic Assessment Feedback: Using Co-Created Metaphors in Stories and Letters. In J. Allyn (Chair), Taking the Risk: Bridging Technical and Creative Writing in Therapeutic Assessment and Stories. Panel presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL.
  • Gravlee, S., Jacklin, E., Perelman, P. (2005). Reflections on Conversation One. In K.O. Wicker, A.S. Miller & M.W. Dube (Eds.) Feminist New Testament Studies: Global and Future Perspectives (pg. 106-108) New York: Palgrave McMillian.

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