Leigh Shaw, LCSW
Licensed Independent Associate Clinical Social Worker
Collaboration - I offer informed support and an authentically caring environment for the work my clients are wanting to pursue - be that involving non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) or the daily navigation of life. My clients are supported through Telehealth and some in-person services for those who are locals (Tacoma, WA). For ketamine experiential work I am in partnership with Telos Transformational Therapies, a ketamine-assisted therapy clinic (Tukwila, WA location). I believe the preparation and integration work involved in exploring psychedelic experiences is at least as important as the experiential component of the work itself. I strongly encourage my clients to engage intentionally with regular therapy sessions before and after their explorations. I practice a harm-reduction approach to psychedelic support and integration and hope to increase the benefit and decrease the potential negative consequences of these explorations by providing education and a safe place to explore and harvest insights. To support the benefit of learning and growing in community, I am currently gauging interest from those who would like to receive KAP therapy alongside a group integration model (KAP sessions would be independent, integration would be in a group setting).
The arts founded my passion for human story, creativity and transformation which is why I pursued a Bachelors in Theatre and Performance. From there my journey took me through travel and finding movement and inquiry-based dialogue with the inner intelligence of my body which brought me to understand the need for our body-homes to be included in our healing, always. When I started to explore what kind of work would allow transformation, creativity and compassion to be at the heart of what I do every day - I became a therapist through the systems oriented and anti-oppression lens of a clinical social worker. I am so excited to be in this field as it in blossoming into a new era of exploration and access to alternative healing practices - some of which are many thousands of years old in our human history. To be collaborating on this work weaving medicines, ritual and visionary practice into what we “remember” as healing work, is so inspiring. I am grateful to be here and to be supporting others in this movement.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) KAP integration groups (2023)