As a growing body of research supports the potential benefits of psychedelics for psychological, emotional, and spiritual health, more individuals are choosing to explore the healing properties of medicines like MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin, peyote, and ayahuasca.
Entheogenic Research Integration & Education (ERIE) defines integration as “the process by which the material accessed and insights gained in a [psychedelic] experience are incorporated over time into one’s life in a way that benefits the individual and their community.”
Psychedelic integration can take many forms and there are a variety of ways in which these rich experiences or "gems of a journey" can be woven into the tapestry of one's everyday life.
Below is a list of commonly focused areas of integration:
Examining meaning of visual and/or somatic experiences that arose
Exploring the emotional impact of the psychedelic experience
Contextualizing the “story” of the journey
Grounding insights into meaningful behavior change
Understanding a “bad trip” or difficult experience
Exploring how to live from a newly recognized truth
Examining how to share your experience with others
Managing cravings or desires to continue psychedelic exploration
Setting intentions for further journeys based on what arose
Identifying "portals" or highly charged imagery/somatic experiences from a journey that may be returned to in future journeys for deeper access into one's felt-sense knowing.
Integration focuses on how these themes and experiences in a psychedelic medicine session can be implemented into action and meaningful change in one's life. An Integration session with a therapist shortly after a medicine session can assist in this process.
Some techniques that compliment this work and can help with ongoing deeper access include EMDR processing with bilateral stimulation, art making, free-association writing, walks in nature, yoga, breath work, movement, music, role-playing with internal "parts" work, and coaching around creating an integration altar or intention stick in one's personal home or outdoor space.
Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Package: $610/in full ($200 savings)
2 (1 hr preparation sessions) + 3 (1 hr integration sessions) + 1 (follow-up session a month out)
Individual Preparation/Integration Session: $135/1hr