The psychiatry space is all abuzz with excitement about psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. In recent years, numerous studies have found that psychedelics may be effective in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions, including PTSD and depression as well as eating disorders. When paired with psychotherapy, these psychedelic treatments can deliver profound and long-term improvements.
Through the psychedelic experience, patients have been able to come to terms with traumatic memories and develop new positive outlooks on life. This experience involves consuming a psychedelic in the presence of a professional psychotherapist who guides the patient through the trip. Once the experience is over, the patient will have sessions with their therapist to apply what they learned in the psychedelic experience to their own life. This is called psychedelic integration.
Outside of the clinical research setting, there are other individuals who are also trained in guiding people through psychedelic experiences safely. Although most psychedelics are still illegal, these psychedelic integration coaches, either trained or volunteer, focus on helping people get the most out of psychedelics while staying safe.
Studies have repeatedly indicated that psychedelics can have profound impacts. Anecdotal reports from users say even a single dose of LSD completely changed their perspectives on life. Many of them derive major revelations during their experiences, revelations so powerful that they potentially change individuals.
A psychedelic integration coach helps people put these revelations to practical use, integrating them into their lives in a way that leaves the individuals better. A coach may also be with users during their experiences to ensure that they are mentally equipped to deal with what they see during their psychedelic trips as well as provide a support network after the experiences.
Such a coach will guide users as they evolve and transform during every stage of the psychedelic experience. This may involve offering supportive coaching before and after the trip coupled with mindful practice for psychedelics such as LSD, MDMA and ketamine.
For psychedelics that can be particularly “messy,” such as ayahuasca, the coach will take care of a user by helping with bathroom trips, emptying buckets of vomit and helping the user with cold showers to guide them out of a negative space.
Matty Evans, a volunteer integration coach, martial arts teacher and yoga facilitator, has helped several combat veterans treat their PTSD with ayahuasca. Evans stated in a recent interview that he had helped veterans in more than 40 ayahuasca ceremonies as a volunteer. Although he comes from a nonmedical background, he has specifically trained as an integration coach in the transformational space.
On top of supporting participants and helping them undertake purifying lifestyle changes for a week before the ceremony, he also encourages mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation for a superior psychedelic effect.
Efforts are underway from different companies such as Silo Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: SILO) to develop psychedelic medicines, which are less demanding in terms of the settings in which they are administered. This could cut the overall cost of the treatment and make the therapy more accessible to the wider population.
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