Mind-altering plants have been used for millenia, now adopted by modern culture to help with:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Fear surrounding cancer diagnosis and death
Reducing returns to self-sabotage and old patterns
While that sounds great, psychedelics can actually make things a lot worse if used unsafely.
Best results occur with the patience and open-mindedness to learn to listen to your own inner-healer. Worst results occur with the “take a pill and cure it” type of thinking that we tend to use in our society.
Willing to view healing as a process that takes time and patience
Can commit to planning and followup counselling sessions
Have a safe support network
Can afford to invest in yourself
People looking for a "quick fix" that bypasses therapy
Desperation or last resort
Psychosis, Bipolar I or II or Cluster B diagnoses
Current use of antidepressants
While it is not yet legal to guide trips in Canada without government licensing, 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.
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Contemporary research is helping us to know when and for whom psychedelics are safe and appropriate.
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 our brain focuses on painful and negative experiences due to traumas of the past?
Past traumas may have ended, but your brain will still go to great lengths to protect you—sending ‘false alarm’ signals of constant danger. This attempt to keep you safe often prevents your growth and evolution.
Psychedelic treatment appears to deactivate this stubborn, fear-based storytelling—created in part by the brain’s Default Mode Network—allowing you to write a new story.
Compounds commonly used in psychedelic treatment also appear to very rapidly grow new brain cells in the prefrontal cortex—the area that regulates and calms emotion. Termed neuroplastogens, psychedelics are now in a new era of rigorous scientific study, helping us to better understand them.
If you are in an appropriately ready place, psychedelic treatment may help to restore the safety and possibility of the present.
The Thrive Approach
We believe in the transformational power of these medicines. Evidence shows us that recreational use has only a fraction of the benefit when compared to therapeutic use.
Don’t be surprised, however, if we actively discourage the use of psychedelics. We have taken many years to study when they are safe effective vs. dangerous. As a result, we tend to suggest holding off for around two thirds of people inquiring (often for reasons of rushing the process, desperation or severe anxiety that may risk worsening of symptoms).
For those deemed a good fit, we follow the best practices and take every step to make sure each of our clients has the safest, most beneficial experiences possible.
The symbolic experiences of psychedelics are often hard to translate to the real world, and over time can fade until they become like a half-forgotten dream.
Integrative therapies not only help to turn the experience into meaningful life change, but help to transform overwhelming and frightening experiences.
We consider it irresponsible and ill-advised to take transformational doses of psychedelics without a plan for integration and will always suggest several planning and followup appointments with a skilled professional.
Three keys for Integration Work
Interpreting Abstract Symbolism
Is This The Right TreatmentFor Me?
If you are willing to commit to planning and integration sessions, understand that healing requires patience and learning to connect to your body, and understand it is possible we will recommend that you don’t take psychedelics, we would love to hear from you.