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Psychedelic Counseling: The Foundations of “Trip Sitting”

Psychedelic Counseling: The Foundations of “Trip Sitting”


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One Year
Course Access
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Over 15,000 students taught
Psychedelic Support has enrolled over 15,000 students in our free and paid courses! All proceeds from our paid courses have gone into funding more education and resources for the public around safe and ethical use of psychedelics in therapy and harm reduction.
Course Description

Supporting somebody on psychedelics is quite different than facilitating a regular therapy session. In this course, we will learn about “trip sitting” basics, from flight instructions to set-and-setting. Tips for handling common situations during psychedelic sessions will be offered, along with suggestions on how to maximize the potential for healing and minimize the risk of a “bad trip.”

Guidelines for designing a healing space, using directive and non-directive interventions, and supporting clients in difficult moments will be explained. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy will also be introduced. We will then examine the importance of integration work and consider recommendations for how often clients should take psychedelics to achieve their health goals.

Who is this course for?

This course is for both new and experienced guides, students, mental health professionals,  and anyone interested in gaining insight into the human psyche. This introduction is helpful to anyone interested in psychedelic-assisted therapy or in assisting a friend, loved one, or client with navigating profound experiences.

Course Curriculum


  • Flight instructions
  • Supportive touch
  • Safety 
  • Music
  • Creating a safe space


  • Principles of “trip sitting”
  • Directive vs. non-directive therapeutic approaches
  • Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Navigating challenging experiences


  • Self-care tips
  • Spiritual bypass
  • Therapy
  • Integration practices

Learning Objectives

After this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic principles of sitting with clients undergoing psychedelic experiences. 
  2. Identify counseling techniques and theories that are most appropriate for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. 
  3. Assess the skills necessary for working with and preventing challenging psychedelic experiences.
  4. Identify the markers of ‘sitter’ fatigue and how to employ a plan for self-care.
Professional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, Psychedelic Support offers continuing education for health providers through the the American Psychological Association (APA).

American Psychological Association Education Sponsor
A great introduction to the fundamentals. Dr. Zelfand had a great style that is informative and engaging.
Marie C.
I loved it. It is nice to broaden my knowledge about psychedelic therapy. The instructor was very positive and happy, making the learning experience flow very nicely. Learning about this does not have to relate to anything you are doing, it can just be a nice thing to have in your list of knowledge. I would definitely take another course again, thank you so much!
Sandra S., Clinical Psychology student
This course helped me reinforce the knowledge to know how to accompany a person in an expanded state of consciousness. It highlights the importance of the integration plan and I believe that people who are interested in accompanying people with psychedelics must also have integration tools at their disposal.
Ernesto Cacho, Researcher
Simplifying trip sitting and psychedelic experiences as an experience not to be feared. Years of false information diffused into a wonderful learning experience.
Kimberly A.
The world is awakening to the healing power of psychedelics and they are becoming something that many people want to partake in. Psychedelic Support is doing the important job of preparing people like myself, who strongly revere and are proponents of psychedelic healing, to be able to create a safe set and setting for voyagers to safely do inner work. I highly recommend all, whether facilitators or voyagers, to get their training/preparation from Psychedelic Support.
David M.
This course has expanded my understanding on the complexities of trip-sitting. I have gained valuable insight into how to improve the experience for others.
Aaron L., Therapist
Meet your Course Instructors, Contributors, & Peer Reviewers:
Dr. Erica Zelfand
Dr. Erica Zelfand specializes in integrative mental health and functional medicine. In addition to treating patients of all ages in her private practice, Dr. Zelfand is a ketamine prescriber, facilitator of therapeutic psychedelic experiences, trainer of psychedelic facilitators, acclaimed international speaker, and medical writer. She often presents at medical conferences on the clinical applications of psychedelic healing, and advocates for the legalization of psychedelics.
Dr. Erica Zelfand
Licensed Family Doctor
Right to Heal, Simba Health
Extra Info
  • Online platform access: 1 year.
  • After 1 year, renew your account for an additional year by purchasing any of our on-demand courses. All previously purchased courses will be accessible in your dashboard.
  • 100% student satisfaction or money-back guarantee.
  • For the best experience, we recommend taking the course on a tablet or computer.
  • Course FAQ can be found here.

Self-paced course includes:

  • Video presentation (70 minutes)
  • Course slides and resources including references, books, and website links
  • Discussion forum to engage with other learners and instructors
  • Knowledge checks
  • 1 year access to our online learning platform
  • Invite to our monthly speaker series and access to videos from our past events
  • Official Psychedelic Support Certificate of Completion

Choose the Continuing Education (CE) option for:

  • 1 hour of continuing education (CE) credits
  • CE Certificate for licensed professionals, including psychologists, therapists, nurses, social workers, etc.
  • See below for more information about continuing education
Certificate Information

Interested in the different certificate options for our courses? Read on to learn more:

Learn more about Completion Certificate

Once you complete the course you will receive a Psychedelic Support Certificate of Completion. Choose this option if you are not a licensed health provider and do not need continuing education credit for your professional degree.

Learn more about CE Credit Certificate

Once you complete the course you will receive a Psychedelic Support CE Certificate. Choose this option if you are a licensed health provider who would like continuing education credit for your professional degree.

  • Be sure to select the CE credit option when purchasing the course.
  • Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for your credits.
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Psychedelic Support, an APA-approved CE sponsor.
  • Psychedelic Support is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychedelic Support maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, to request special accommodations, or report a grievance contact Psychedelic Support at info@psychedelic.support.