Psychedelic Integration Therapy
Psychedelic Integration Therapy is designed to assist those seeking support in connection with psychedelic experiences. Individuals who have had difficult experiences can benefit from a better understanding of the often-challenging feelings stirred up by psychedelics; while those who have found the use of psychedelics to be a positive method of gaining insight can use supportive therapy to bolster and integrate that knowledge 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. 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 such experiences, or simply looking to better understand and make use of the insights, had virtually nowhere to turn. Today, Psychedelic Integration Therapy is tailored to meet people with full engagement and open curiosity; to aid those who seek support in navigating their relationship with these substances.
Please note that the Psychedelic Integration Therapy is intended for those who have used, are currently using, or intend to use psychedelic substances in their personal lives and outside of a legal setting. Under no circumstances will our therapists administer, prescribe or otherwise provide any psychedelic or other controlled substance to a patient during the course of therapy. Additionally, our therapy model does not include guiding, supervising or otherwise taking responsibility for a patient during a psychedelic experience. Patients should not plan to attend therapy sessions while under the influence of any psychedelic or any other controlled substance, unless prescribed by a doctor.
Psychedelics and other psycho-active substances have the potential to catalyze profound psychological and spiritual growth. Members of many indigenous cultures, as well as casual practitioners both in and out of the clinical setting, have spoken about the positive impact the psychedelic substances have had on their lives. And, today, a growing segment of the scientific community is exploring psychedelics using rigorous scientific methods within a safe and supportive clinical setting.
Ingmar Gorman’s research focuses on understanding how psychotherapy may be enhanced by the supervised use of MDMA in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His work is made possible by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (www.maps.org).
Recent Publications and Talks
- Gorman, I. (2015) Drug-Assisted Psychotherapy. In Ingersoll, E. & Rak, C. (2nd Ed..), Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals: An Integrative Approach. Cengage Learning.
- Gorman, I. The Future of Psychedelics: What’s Next? Panelist at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2013, Denver, CO.
- Gorman, I. The Truth about Molly, Columbia University, New York, NY