The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is designed to assist people who have had psychedelic experiences and are seeking support in connection with those experiences, as well as people who would like to learn more about psychedelics. Our overarching intention for the program is to increase awareness and reduce risks of psychedelic use. We see this as a natural extension of the harm reduction approach that the Center for Optimal Living is known for.
Individuals who have had difficult experiences can benefit from a better understanding of the often-challenging feelings stirred up by psychedelics. Those who have had positive experiences can use supportive therapy to bolster and integrate these insights into their daily lives.
While the use of psychedelic substances remains tightly controlled in the United States, the reality is that many individuals continue to make use of these substances in a variety of settings and contexts; many of them less than optimal. Despite the potential benefits psychedelics have to offer, there are real risks associated with their unsupervised use. For some users, the effect of psychedelics can make even ordinary, familiar experiences overwhelming, particularly when experienced alone or in less controlled settings like music festivals. Other users remain confused or anxious long after their experience is over or have difficulty processing the conflicting thoughts and feelings that such experiences often bring to the surface.
Previously, individuals seeking support for psychedelic experiences, or simply looking to better understand and make use of the insights they had gained had few options for professional support. The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is tailored to meet people with full engagement and open curiosity, and to aid those who seek support in navigating their relationship with these substances.
WHAT WE OFFER
*DISCLAIMER: The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program does not provide psychoactive or illicit substances. We do not conduct or promote psychedelic psychotherapy outside of approved clinical trials and we do not provide referrals to “underground” (illegal) psychedelic services.
Have you had a psychedelic experience and are looking for someone to talk to? Curious about what you’ve read in the news but think psychedelics sound scary? Or maybe someone you know uses psychedelics and you’re wondering if it’s safe? Come to our monthly public group to learn more and have your questions answered in a safe, supportive environment. Each meeting will begin with a 15-20 min meditation and is led by one of our professionals with expertise in the study of psychedelics, followed by facilitated group discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to sign up for each group ahead of time.
Are you looking for a psychotherapist who has a professional understanding of psychedelics and their use? We provide individual treatment tailored to your needs. This can include support in integrating psychedelic experiences, but may also extend to other areas of a person’s life. We will also help individuals explore and clarify their desire and motivation to continue to use psychedelics, or reduce their use.
Are you interested in exploring psychedelic themes in a group context? We offer group therapy to support healing, growth and positive change among individuals who have some relationship with psychedelics. This is a small weekly group with consistent members, who are engaged in a mutually supportive process.
Evaluation and Consultation
Have you wondered whether they may be risks associated with using psychedelics? We can conduct comprehensive evaluations, to assess for potential risk factors and assessment of individuals who are having difficult experiences related to psychedelic use.
Public Integration Group
Have you had a psychedelic experience and are looking for someone to talk to? Curious about what you’ve read about psychedelics in the news? Or maybe someone you know uses psychedelics and you’re wondering if it’s safe?
Come to one of our monthly public groups to learn more, share your story, and have your questions answered in a safe, supportive environment. Each meeting will be facilitated by Dr. Katherine MacLean, the director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program and will include guided meditation, experiential exercises and group discussion.