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Psychedelic Treatment

 

 Break through personal barriers and explore your self—and the world—through new perspectives.

 

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Why Psychedelics?

If traditional therapies have left you disappointed, psychedelics may offer a ray of hope.

Rooted in millennia of tradition, psychedelics are mind-altering plants and chemicals with the potential to promote growth and healing across personal, relational, and spiritual dimensions.

In western terms, psychedelics have a long track record of assisting in recovery from:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety
  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Opioid addiction
  • Fear surrounding cancer diagnosis and death
  • Reducing returns to jail and criminal behaviour

While it is not yet legal to guide trips in Canada without government licensing [Link to section 56], hundreds of thousands of Canadians are starting to experiment with psychedelic healing.

This type of treatment is enjoying its latest golden era through the rigorous interest of flagship medical research centres such as Johns Hopkins University.

Wan’t to learn more?

Contemporary research is confirming what ancient cultures around the world have long known: the benefits of these plants and compounds are far-reaching.

How Do Psychedelics Affect the Brain?

Imagine that your brain is a cluster of experiences, linked by the meanings you assign to each of them.

The stronger the emotions around these memories, the stronger the connections between them. This is our brain’s way of prioritizing our attention to the things we feel are the most important for our safety.

But what happens if these persistent connections form as a result of negative or traumatic experiences?

You may be safe now, but your brain will still organize reality based on your past experiences of danger or distress. This is meant to keep you safe—even if it prevents your growth and evolution.

Psychedelic treatment appears to deactivate this stubborn, fear-based storytelling—your Default Mode Network—allowing you to write a new narrative.

It can also foster better communication between the left and right sides of your brain—and isn’t better communication always part of the solution?

How your brain communicates normally

How your brain communicates on psychedelics

Psychedelic treatment can help bring you back into the safety and possibility of the present.

Is This The Right Treatment For Me?

As part of our intake and trip planning process, we will make sure that:

  • These medicines are right for your unique situation
  • You know how to get the most of your psychedelic therapy
  • You understand the risks—as well as the possibilities
  • You present no health risks or warning signs 

Post-trip integration with a therapist is where 70% of the actual change happens

The symbolical experiences of psychedelics are often hard to translate to the real world, and over time can fade until it becomes like a half-forgotten dream.

Integrative therapies help build insights that emerge during therapy into your daily routines, changing the building blocks of the habits that make up your life.

Conversation, somatic exploration, creative expression—we are here to help you identify the integrative process that works best for you.

Three Keys for Integration To Work

Somatic Experiencing

Emotional Processing

Interpreting Abstract Symbolism

Is This The Right Treatment For Me?

As part of our intake and trip planning process, we will make sure that:

  • These medicines are right for your unique situation
  • You know how to get the most of your psychedelic therapy
  • You understand the risks—as well as the possibilities
  • You present no health risks or warning signs 

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Vancouver, BC, V6C 1V5

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