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What is psychedelic integration and how do I support clients in this space?

Psychedelic integration sessions are for those who have experienced psychedelics recreationally or legally in countries like Peru and need help integrating the experience.

In February 2023, Australia became the first country in the world to allow MDMA and psilocybin to be prescribed by psychiatrists for PTSD and major depression. A compelling research base continues to grow, informed by theoretical concepts and practices that are rooted in contemplative spiritual practices and share change mechanisms similar to Third Wave Behaviour Therapies (TWBT) such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). The mechanisms of change have been identified as enhanced mindfulness, recentering, emotion regulation and distress tolerance (Walsh and Thiessen, 2018).

 

I offer harm minimisation support through therapy for the following

 

  • preparation for psychedelic journeys and integration after psychedelic journeys.  

  • assisting them with meaning-making, exploring and developing practices of contemplation and learning to track and navigate inner experiences.

  • I draw from the four wisdom lenses working with cognitive, sacred, embodied and relational wisdom to assist clients with making sense of their transpersonal experiences, understanding how trauma is carried by the body and allowing this understanding to inform behavioural changes.

  • working with trauma from a personal and intergenerational perspective.

 

 

I share some of my personal reflections on my Instagram and Facebook pages. So please follow me for some candid reflections relating to psychedelics and the complex journey of healing.

Disclaimer

Nangeli acknowledges that the recreational use of psychedelics continues despite a long history of criminalisation. Nangeli does not encourage or condone recreational use of psychedelics. Nangeli provides harm minimisation interventions and psychoeducation to those who make it their choice to do this.

Can you provide some information to help me deepen into the conversation around psychedelic therapy?

Here are a range of resources podcasts, videos and articles to engage in mind-enhancing conversations around psychedelics.

  • The two Netflix documentaries mentioned below are a great start if you are new to these spaces.

    • How to change your mind

    • Fantastic Fungi

 

 

Are psychedelics for everyone? Are there any risks associated with using psychedelics?

Psychedelics are NOT for everyone. There are many risks associated with using these powerful substances. So please work with your GP, or psychedelically informed therapist and follow organisations like AMAPP (Australian Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Practitioners) for information about clinical trials and treatment options. 

 

There is a lot going on in the psychedelic space, particularly now with Australia being the first country in the world to reschedule MDMA and psilocybin from Schedule 9 to Schedule 8 and can currently be legally prescribed by psychiatrists. 

Below are podcasts, videos and first-person accounts of what can go wrong with psychedelics despite best intentions. 

 

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