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Psychedelic Counseling: The Foundations of “Trip Sitting”

Psychedelic Counseling: The Foundations of “Trip Sitting”

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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 look closely at 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 who is 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



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.
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Meet your Instructor:
Dr. Erica Zelfand
Dr. Erica Zelfand is a licensed family doctor (general practitioner) specializing 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 advocated for the recent legalization of psilocybin-assisted therapy in Oregon, USA. She also trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and is a volunteer “trip sitter,” medical lead, and psychedelic harm reduction workshop co-facilitator with the Zendo Project and other organizations.
Dr. Erica Zelfand
Licensed Family Doctor
Right to Heal, Simba Health
Extra Info

Online platform access: 1 year

100% student satisfaction or money back guarantee


Self-paced course includes:

• Video (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
• Optional 1-hour continuing education (CE) credit for licensed professionals including psychologists, therapists, social workers, etc.

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 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 or questions about CE, contact Psychedelic Support at info@psychedelic.support.