Therapist Explains What Psychedelics Do, What Talk Therapy Can’t

Interest in the use of psychedelics in therapy has increased over the last couple of years, with researchers finding that drugs such as psilocybin, LSD and ketamine may be useful in the treatment of different mental-health conditions.

According to one therapist, psychedelics are drugs that enable the dissolution of the individual ego. This is the objective of many spiritual traditions, where one realizes that they aren’t an individual island living a separate life but a smaller cog in a huge machine.

By the aforementioned definition, psychedelics include ayahuasca, DMT, ketamine, psilocybin and LSD. It is important to note MDMA is not a part of this definition.

So, how are these substances linked to psychotherapy, and why do they matter?

To let go of one’s ego isn’t an easy experience, particularly if one is holding on to their sense of self or other issues. Psychedelics help with this in a way, but for it to be fully effective, one has to learn how to fully let go and experience everything in their reality. Talk therapy helps in such instances, mainly because it works for many individuals in different situations.

However, there are instances where talk therapy may not work. This includes when an individual experienced hurt in their early childhood. In such instances where a person was wounded even before they could talk, that trauma is very deep.

For example, individuals who have primal wounds of feeling unwanted feel the wounds at a deep level. While speaking to someone like this in a rational way about how their mother putting them up for adoption had nothing to do with them or how they are loved by the parents who adopted them sounds like a good idea, it will not make a difference as the words do nothing to help with primal wounds.

This is where psychedelics come in, because they venture deeper than words can. The substances open an individual up to a deeper and broader experience of themselves, allowing them to connect to their inner selves. Psychedelics work in a manner different to talk therapy and may bring about profound healing in a person, in a way faster than decades of talk therapy could.

It should be noted that this doesn’t always happen, and sometimes, having a psychedelic experience once isn’t enough to heal an individual’s wounds. However, psychedelics offer an alternative route to healing that may be very effective in a way that other conventional treatments aren’t. It is this alternative path to healing that startups such as Mind Medicine Inc. (NASDAQ: MNMD) (NEO: MMED) (DE: MMQ) are looking to leverage through the drug-development programs that they are running.

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