Integration & Support
- Integration (v.) to render something whole, bring together the parts of -
Integration is one of the most important aspects of doing deep inner work. The period following an expanded or nonordinary state of consciousness offers a window of opportunity to examine and interpret what emerged and then work to bring these insights into your daily life. Living your way to a new state of being.
If you’ve had experiences with non-ordinary states of consciousness and/or psychedelics, I can help you make meaning, process difficult aspects or "bad trips", and find ways to take the insights into your daily life.
That is the true beauty of these experiences,
the potential for real and lasting transformation.
Non-ordinary states of consciousness can be elicited by breath work, meditation, psychedelics, a traumatic or near-death experience, and other types of events. They can shift your sense of self and reality and leave you feeling motivated, blissful, awakened, or confused and sometimes disturbed. Working together, I will help you reorient, regulate, process, and set your path that includes the valuable insights and shifts you experienced.
Integration services offer a safe, nonjudgmental,
and confidential space to process nonordinary states and their potential for personal transformation. Integration support can help you glean the insights from the experience so they do not fade away into only a memory and can help you process and reorient after difficult experiences.
Your journey may continue to unfold for weeks, months, or even years, so taking this time to integrate the experience is important.
Although there is much potential for health, healing, and personal exploration, these same tools can also pose some risk and harm if used without proper preparation and support.
Challenging experiences and risks
Much is in the news about the potential benefits of psychedelic use and the incredible stories of successful treatment, yet there is little provided about challenging experiences and extended difficulties. The information below is provided to reduce harm and to broaden awareness of risks. I believe that the more we normalize the discussion of both positive and negative experiences the more we can learn and grow in how to effectively and safely use these powerful substances and modalities.
Some research that directly focuses on adverse psychedelic experiences has begun to emerge.
The Challenging Psychedelic Experiences Project is analysing its findings from a survey of 608 accounts of extended difficulties after a trip. 30% of survey respondents’ difficulties lasted longer than a year. The most common difficulties people reported were social disconnection, anxiety, existential confusion and derealization.
Published articles on adverse experiences include: Bouso et al, 2022, Simonson et al, 2023, Compass SEC filing, McNamee et al, 2023, Kopra et al, 2023, Carbonaro et al, 2016, Lutkajtis and Evans, 2023.
The Fireside Project offers Psychedelic Peer Support
Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency – Jules Evans
Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis – Stanislav Grof
After Ecstacy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
Navigating Psychedelics: Integration Workbook by Psychedelics Today
Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide for Psychedelic Integration by Kile Ortigo