Psychedelic and Psychospiritual
For the last few decades, the standard approach to Mental Health was focused on reducing symptoms through pharmaceutical medicine. We are now experiencing a shift away from “managing” symptoms and many folks want to go into deeper explorations of their psyche for personal and spiritual growth and healing. For many, this process of deeper explorations and healing occurs through non-ordinary states of consciousness. The term non-ordinary state of consciousness refers to experiences gained though “altered” states of consciousness which can occur in deep meditation, through breathing practices and through the use of psychedelics.
There are a lot of promising results in research studies looking at the benefits of psychedelics including MDMA for PTSD and Psilocybin for Treatment Resistant Depression (just to name a few) and yet, at this moment, psychedelics are illegal in the USA so one can only access them legally through an FDA approved research study. With the limited access, many folks are accessing psychedelics “underground” or by working with a healer or shaman. As someone who has experienced trauma and anxiety, I have found non-ordinary states of consciousness particularly powerful and life changing. With my lived experience, I understand both the potential benefits and challenges that can come in the wake of healing-oriented, non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Through the use of psychedelics, an individual is likely to encounter information and experiences that may be impactful but the experience alone doesn’t ensure a true life change. For many folks, a psychedelic experience can become just a story used to entertain friends. Without support and guidance with preparation and integration, the potential for growth and healing can be lost.
Many therapists have not been educated on the research of non-ordinary states of consciousness or psychedelics. Many of my clients have shared that they felt ashamed or misunderstood when discussing psychedelics with previous therapists. I’ve found that, for many of my clients, having a safe place to talk about experiences and/or interest in psychedelics can be comforting and an important part of their path of healing or personal growth.
I offer both Coaching and Psychotherapy. In Coaching For Preparation, sessions occur prior to a planned psychedelic experience and are focused on education and information to help reduce the risk. Coaching For Integration occurs after the psychedelic experience and will be goal-oriented with a focus on understanding or making meaning of the experience. Goals are developed to allow specific life changes related to the information learned from the psychedelic experience.
Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy more closely resembles traditional “talk therapy” in that sessions are weekly and the topic of one’s use of psychedelics is an active element of the discussion. I have helped clients with a wide range in use of psychedelics including: Micro-dosing, Macro-dosing, festival use of MDMA and other psychedelics. I also work with folks whom Ayahuasca ceremony is a regular part of their spiritual practice.
The difference between Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy and traditional Psychotherapy is that we are on the same page about non-ordinary states of consciousness and these experiences are given the same level of attention as other profound life experiences.
Preparation and Integration Coaching Package
For those who have elected to or are considering to engage with psychedelics or entheogens, this package will provide a safe place for discussion and education on creating a safe set and setting to minimize risk of harm or “a bad trip”. Sessions are available world wide and provided via a secure televideo line (similar to Skype).
Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy Package
For those who have elected to or are considering to engage with psychedelics with the intention of a “healing” experience. This service is available to residents of Washington State USA and are available in person or via a secure televideo line (similar to Skype).
*Please note that the Psychedelic Integration Therapy is intended to be a safe space for those who have used, are currently using, or intend to use psychedelic substances in their personal lives and outside of a legal setting. Psychedelic Integration Therapy does not involve providing or prescribing any psychedelic or other controlled substance to a client during the course of therapy. Additionally, it does not include referring to “underground” resources, recommending use, guiding, supervising or otherwise being present with a client during a psychedelic experience. Clients should not plan to attend therapy sessions while under the influence of any psychedelic or any other controlled substance, unless prescribed by a doctor.