Visual Art + Tech
Stevens Institute of Technology
PIERRE TAKES A TRIP TO THERAPY
DO NOT EDIT THE TOP HEADER BAR OF YOUR PAGE
Pierre Takes a Trip to Therapy is a play on a children's book about using psychedelic medicine for treatment-resistant mental health crises such as depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and PTSD. In this story, a cactus named Pierre is terribly depressed. He lives in the desert along with with other cactus family members and friends, but he just isn't the same as them. He can't find the motivation to do anything, he lays around all day and is simply sad pretty much all the time. The rainfall that comes every once-in-awhile is what keeps the other cacti happy and healthy, but it doesn't seem to change Pierre's mood at all. One day, he meets a camel named Camille (who is representative of a therapist) and she asks him what's wrong. He explains everything to her, and Camille suggests he may need more rainfall than the other cacti, so she "prescribes" him a cloud that will rain on him once per day (representative of traditional anti-depressants). The extra rainfall unfortunately doesn't do anything but much the ground around Pierre so moist that mushrooms begin to grow. The mushrooms begin to talk to Pierre one day, and he believes he is going insane. He brings the interaction up to Camille, and she explains the idea of psychedelic mushrooms and using them since the rainfall had not helped him. Pierre agrees to do a guided psilocybin trip and he winds up having revelations during the experience that changes him forever.