Throughout history, people from cultures all around the world have been interested in non-ordinary states of consciousness and the transformative or healing properties that these states of consciousness can possess. Additionally, music and sound have long been a component of healing practices involving non-ordinary states of consciousness. As a music therapist trained from a transpersonal perspective, I have long been interested in the therapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness, including those attained through psychedelics. That is why I offer psychedelic integration therapy.
Psychedelic integration therapy supports people in processing a recent psychedelic experience to gain the best therapeutic benefit from the experience. During a psychedelic experience, a variety of feelings, memories, or sensations can come up that may need to be later processed so that insight and new patterns of being or thinking can develop.
Due to the enhanced window of neuroplasticity that can follow a psychedelic experience, integration is important. Some may practice integration on their own through meditating, journaling, making music or listening to music, or making art. For other people, though, psychedelic integration therapy may be needed in order to maximize the therapeutic and mental health benefits of the psychedelic.
One of the psychedelic drugs people may seek integration support for is ketamine treatment. Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Ketamine treatment can be provided through IV infusion, intramuscular injection, via nasal spray, or by using sublingual lozenges.
Ketamine has rapidly-acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to take effect within 1-2 hours after treatment and last for up to 2 weeks. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors and stimulating AMPA receptors. These AMPA receptors are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement.
There are a variety of companies offering ketamine treatment, but integration therapy after treatments aren’t always provided, whether due to cost or accessibility.
The Psychedelic Integration Services I Offer
The psychedelic integration services that I provide are for adults experiencing treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Psychedelic integration therapy is available for those taking psychedelics by themself, such as microdosing psilocybin or receiving ketamine treatment where integration services aren’t offered. These sessions can be billed to your insurance if I am in-network with them.
Ketamine Preparation Sessions
Additionally, if you are interested in pursuing ketamine treatment, I can support you in preparing for your sessions. Some ways we can do that are by exploring your intentions for the treatment or by preparing musical playlists for your journey. These sessions can also be billed to your insurance if I am in-network with them.
Incorporating Music Into the Psychedelic Integration Work
Incorporating music as part of integration work can include making music or listening to music. Music in and of itself can induce non-ordinary states of consciousness, and therefore, it can further amplify the psychedelic experience. Music can be evocative, grounding, and cathartic. It can also help a person connect to their feelings and their truth. Learn more about how music and music therapy can impact health and well-being. Through your engagement with music, we can explore and process the thoughts, feelings, and insights that have come up for you from your psychedelic experience(s).
Of course, music doesn’t need to be incorporated into the work either. I can still support you in making meaning and integrating your experience.
Please note that in the psychedelic integration therapy or ketamine preparation services I offer, I am not providing nor administering any medications.
Contact Me to Learn More
If you would like to engage in Psychedelic Integration Therapy with me, please contact me to discuss the next steps.
- Psychedelic integration: An analysis of the concept and its practice – conceptual analysis by Geoff J. Bathje, Eric Majeski, and Mesphina Kudowor, 2022
- Paradigms of Ketamine Treatment by Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. for MAPS
- Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP): Patient Demographics, Clinical Data and Outcomes in Three Large Practices Administering Ketamine with Psychotherapy – research study by Jennifer Dore et al, 2018
- Ketamine for Depression and Mood Disorders by Erica Zelfand, ND for Townsend Letter
- Ketamine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression by goop
- Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Jonathan Sabbagh of Journey Clinical – Psychology Talk Podcast