Psychedelic medicines are now being used for a variety of reasons, including trauma resolution, therapeutic and spiritual exploration, creative problem solving, and much more. Clinical research offers evidence-based support of these safe and sacred medicines being used for personal and global transformation when properly administered. As a therapist with a clinical background treating post-traumatic stress disorder with MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, in an FDA-approved research study, I have an in-depth understanding of how psychedelics can support trauma resolution. Although I do not offer MDMA-assisted therapy outside of the FDA-approved research context, a primary focus of my practice is in supporting individuals who choose to work therapeutically and skillfully with psychedelic medicines on their own. Working from a harm reduction perspective, I offer non-judgmental, mindfulness-based counseling and guidance to clients in my care.
I support clients in discerning between cannabis and/or psychedelic use and misuse and in developing healthier relationships with the tools they choose to work with. I also teach therapeutic skill sets which can be applied to their own exploratory experiences.
Integration Support is a primary focus of my clinical work. Psychedelics can be inherently dysregulating and disruptive to the homeostasis of our lives. And that’s the point! They rearrange us inside. This is a great process if and only if our inner world is prepared for these changes, and if and only if our external world can support major transformation and keep us safe throughout the process. I do not support unsafe medicine practices, and I strongly caution my clients against “just trying something out” and hoping for the best. These medicines are incredibly powerful and need to be treated with the utmost respect.
Many people have eye-opening, initiatory, and mind-expanding experiences using psychedelics, and without professional support in integrating new awarenesses, uncovered memories, previously hidden traumas as well as previously hidden treasures deep within the psyche, many of the gifts from these experiences can be forgotten or lost completely. It is in the integration process that we turn lead into gold.
As a licensed art therapist, one of my specialties is using art to support and deepen the integration process. No previous art experience is necessary. Art materials speak a language all their own, and as we learn to tune in and listen to the wisdom of our inner imagery, new patterns naturally emerge.
Harm Reduction and Client Accountability
I am a harm reduction advocate. I do not encourage any illegal activities or the use or abuse of cannabis or any other medicine. Nor do I believe that cannabis or psychedelic medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone. I am a conditional advocate for intentional, sacred and non-habitual cannabis use for those individuals who already use cannabis on their own. I support my clients in making informed and educated choices about their medicine use and in developing appropriate relationships with the substances they choose to use, however my clients are solely responsible for the choices they make regarding substances.