Psychedelic Therapy 101

Psychedelic Therapy combines talk therapy with the careful use of psychedelics to enhance the therapeutic process. It’s often used to help individuals get “unstuck” and to access parts of the unconscious mind that can aid in the healing process. 

What is Psychedelic Therapy?

Sometimes traditional “talk” therapy approaches can reach an impasse, where verbal and other “skills”-based work are inadequate in terms of reaching core sources of pain, suffering and conversely, inner-healing. The use of psychedelics can allow someone to experience a lifting of their defenses, a connection to self-compassion and empathy, and a softening of the barrier between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. This essentially allows someone to “go deeper” into their own experience, story and psyche, to find and strengthen their connections to their core sources of meaning, resiliency and strength.

A term often used in psychedelic medicine is Inner Healing Intelligence, which means each person has an innate inner drive towards healing and wholeness (just as a seed has an inner drive to become a flower). Non-ordinary states of consciousness, produced by psychedelics, can allow for increased access to our innate drive towards wellness and wholeness, and offer distance from the self-stories that aren’t serving us well. 

Types of Psychedelic Therapy

Currently Ketamine is the only psychedelic available outside of research settings. In the near future, MDMA and psilocybin-assisted therapies will be available for clinic use. 

Techniques for Psychedelic Therapy

A variety of techniques are used within the psychedelic therapy process and reflect a broad range of therapeutic modalities.

Psychedelic Therapy may help those struggling with:


Panic Attacks
Social Anxiety
Post Traumatic Stress
General Anxiety


Suicidal Thoughts


Unwanted Habits
Loss of purpose
Fear of Death

Psychedelic Therapy at IIT

The Institute for Integrative Therapies believes that in our modern and fast paced society, there is a crisis of meaning and suffering often comes when we feel purposeless and disconnected, and when our lives are dominated by painful stories that are minds ceaselessly narrate to us. While IIT believes that psychedelics should not be viewed as cure for mental health disorders, it does believe that these medicines can help individuals to have deeply meaningful experiences and to often reconnect with a sense of purpose and personal source of resiliency. 

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