Therapeutic Experience

Additional Supportive Approaches

In addition to more established forms of psychotherapy (as some of our experts have noted), psychedelic-assisted psychotherapists have reported the adjunctive benefit from, for example EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), Somatic Experience Therapy, and different forms of breathwork. These approaches can help one to get beyond cognitive processes into deeper aspects of being and are often utilized to help process trauma.

Mindfulness and Spiritual Practices

As observed with other mental health interventions, spiritual practice and mindfulness are also beneficial to therapeutic work with psychedelic medicines. This has been demonstrated in psilocybin-assisted therapy research at Johns Hopkins University (Griffiths, 2018), in which "determinants of enduring effects were psilocybin-occasioned mystical-type experience and rates of meditation/spiritual practices."

Peer and Community Support

Additionally, community resources are developing to support psychedelic integration. In many locations, there are psychedelic integration community groups, meeting in person and virtually. There now even exists a psychedelic peer support line, the Fireside Project, offering services by telephone daily.