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Longing To Grow Into One: Using Psychedelics To Treat PTSD In Couples

Psychedelic therapy can benefit individuals with PTSD, but can it also help couples better deal with this condition? Randy Lail enters MDMA-assisted psychotherapy treatment with his partner and participates in an MDMA study focused on couples. “After the division, the two parts of man, each desiring his other half, came together, and throwing their arms

Even in the Heartbreaking Mess, There is Staggering Beauty

I share these words and this story with you because maybe, just maybe, today you needed to be told that you are bigger, better than you know. Maybe you needed someone to say, “I see you.” Maybe you needed to be reminded that your rough edges, your heartbreaking mess, holds within it staggering beauty. Please don’t hide, apologize, defer, shrink, or wait any longer. Shine (even if it feels scary and messy)… so that you can illuminate the world.

A Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Re-Parenting

I’d like to share part of the map of a psychedelic journey that I’ve been sketching out over the past few years drawing from both personal experience and from my work as a psychotherapist and life coach. I’ll focus on three key points on this map: attachment issues, brain lateralization and meditation practice. We’ll see how connecting these points can reveal a promising path for healing our earliest and deepest wounds.

Improving Ketamine Mileage

Although the ideal way to use ketamine likely entails receiving the treatment in a safe and comfortable setting, in an unrushed atmosphere, with a supportive psychotherapist or counselor nearby (or just a phone call away), this is not always the experience that the ever-growing number of ketamine treatment facilities offer their patients.

Building Community Around Integration: A Guide for Community-Led Peer Integration

This is an introduction to a new guide for community-led peer integration circles, which will provide context and practical methods for setting up a peer circle, as well as critical considerations for how communities can effectively support themselves to meet their own integration needs. The guide is unique in that it takes an in-depth look

We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Drinking Ayahuasca

Article originally featured on Kahpi. Ryan was a meditator, experienced with ayahuasca, so it surprised him (not in a good way) when a disturbing ceremony revealed the world as hollow and grotesquely meaningless. In the aftermath, he felt dissociated and numb. It took him the better part of a year to recover, and he was

The Power and Promise of Hallucinogenic Therapy

I’m not a medical doctor or therapist but a person who carries insights into how and why psychedelics hold such enormous therapeutic potential. Having personally experienced hallucinogens hundreds of times, primarily LSD and psilocybin, I’ve encountered the inner, transforming experience of reaching a state of mind that's powerfully self-illuminating. In the midst of a downward

FDA and NIH Perspectives on Psychedelic Drug Development

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) communicated publicly about psychedelic drug development and current thinking around safety, therapeutic use, and research. The FDA Division of Psychiatry Products provided information in a workshop about how to design and efficiently study psychedelics for potential medical use.