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Meet the Team Series Raymond Turpin

Dec 21, 2021

The Pearl Psychedelic Institute introduces our Meet the Team series....

December 21, 2021

For Immediate Release 

Meet the Team: Dr. Raymond Turpin

Dr. Raymond Turpin is the Clinical Director for The Pearl Psychedelic Institute and President of the Board of Directors. He also serves as Co-Principal Investigator of The Pearl MDMA Project. 

Dr. Turpin has been studying the therapeutic uses of psychedelics and the relevant literature since the mid-1980s hoping to eventually legally use these medicines in his psychology practice.

Specializing in the treatment of trauma, Dr. Turpin has extensive experience with children, adolescents, and families in a multitude of settings but has focused his practice on older adolescents and adults in recent years.

Dr. Turpin earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia in 1988, his master's degree in Psychology from the Humanistic Psychology program at West Georgia College in 1990 and his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (CIIS) in 1999.

In 2017 he earned a Certificate in Psychedelic Therapy and Research from CIIS. In addition to his private psychotherapy practice in Waynesville, NC, Dr. Turpin provides psychedelic integration services that are currently listed at


The Pearl Psychedelic Institute is a nonprofit that aims to bring psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy into mainstream practice through research, treatment, and training while reducing the barriers to patient access. 

The Pearl Psychedelic Institute has been designated as one of 10 sites in the United States that will be allowed to provide access to this investigational treatment. The Pearl Psychedelic Institute is the only clinic affiliated with this program currently operating in the Southeastern United States; and specifically strives to serve the rural areas of Western North Carolina.

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