As a psilocybin-assisted therapist in Canada, the primary focus is education and support. Magic mushrooms have shown tremendous promise in supporting mental health and personal growth; yet they are still classified as a controlled substance. It is important to note that psilocybin-assisted therapy is an unregulated and evolving field. Working in this field requires a commitment to excellence, and as such I have chosen to work with the Code of Ethics provided by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) for my professional standards. The well-being and safety of my clients are at the forefront of my practice
Providing psilocybin therapy has its limits and as such it is important to emphasize the professional responsibility and ethical nature of this practice. As a psilocybin-assisted therapist I do not administer medicine or have psilocybin medicine on site. But rather I provide education, guidance and therapeutic integration with my clients.
Prior to a journey a psilocybin-assisted therapist will support you in preparing for your journey. This requires education, screening and preparation, please know this is not a form of therapy for everybody. Through trust, connection and education a sacred healing environment can be created, which can allow individuals to feel more comfortable in exploring their inner landscape, bringing understanding and healing to deeply rooted pain. This healing journey can provide profound insights, emotional breakthroughs, and personal transformation.
As a trained therapeutic coach, I continuously engage in my own professional development and stay informed with the latest research and best practices in the field. I've learn with and from reputable industry leaders as well as I seek professional guidance, and participate in relevant trainings to ensure that I provide effective therapy. I strive to support individuals in their pursuit of personal growth and well-being.
Sacred Medicine: Psilocybin-assisted therapists have a deep respect for this sacred natural medicine. They understand the history of the magic mushroom and the importance in honouring the deep healing properties that they can provide. There is a deep trust towards the process, of which provides healing that is often unexplainable; there is something almost mystical about the power of this beautiful medicine.
Safety: Psilocybin-assisted therapists provide a safe and controlled environment in which to use psilocybin medicine. They can monitor the individual's physical and emotional state, help prevent potential adverse reactions, and guide the individual through any challenging experiences that may arise.
Preparation and Integration: A trained psilocybin-assisted therapists can provide the necessary preparation and integration support to ensure that the individual has the best possible experience. This includes helping the individual set intentions, prepare for the session, and integrate their deep learning, insights or experiences afterward.
Enhanced Experience: Working with a therapist can enhance the overall psychedelic experience by providing a safe and supportive environment, setting the stage for a potentially transformative experience.
Increased Efficacy: Studies have shown psilocybin-assisted-therapy can be more effective than traditional talk therapy for certain mental health conditions. By working with a trained individuals, people can access the full potential of these substances and increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Reduced Risk of Adverse Effects: Psychedelic substances can be unpredictable, and some individuals may experience adverse effects such as anxiety, paranoia, or low mood. Working with a therapist can help reduce the risk of adverse effects and provide support in case they do occur. A therapist can tailor the psychedelic experience to the individual's specific needs and preferences, ensuring that the experience is as effective and beneficial as possible.
Expert Guidance: The journey itself will often bring up many emotions, having an expert by your side to help you navigate any challenging emotions and experiences will allow you to go deeper into the experience, thus enhancing the efficacy. A trained therapist will help you gain greater insights into yourself and your life.
Long-Term Benefits: Psilocybin-assisted therapists has been shown to have long-term benefits for mental health and well-being, including reductions in anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. By working with a therapist, individuals can increase the likelihood of sustained positive outcomes over the long term.
Legality: Magic Mushrooms are surprising still illegal in many countries, including in most parts of Canada. British Columbia has decriminalized personal possession of most drugs, and Toronto is still awaiting similar approval from Health Canada. Possession of magic mushroom could possibly result in legal consequences. Working with a therapist will allow you to have questions such as these answered, so that you can choose whether the risks out way the benefits.
Ethical Considerations: Psychedelic substances are powerful tools that should be used ethically and responsibly. Working with a therapist who is trained in the ethical use of these substances can ensure that they are used in a way that is safe and beneficial for the individual.