PSIP : Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy
Graphic courtesy of the Psychedelic Somatic Institute
Biology Before Psychology
The basic fundamental approach that we hold as therapists is mental health issues are primarily biological responses coming from repressed or suppressed emotional charges. Our bodies have evolved for millions of years to be able to process trauma through the autonomic nervous system. The focus on the ANS is at the foundation to our approach. This model was initially developed by Eric Wolterstorff, PhD based on his work with Peter Levine, PhD and then further refined by Saj Razvi, LPC through his participation in the MAPS Phase II Clinical Trial of MDMA where Saj was a principal investigator. Steve Elfrink who is a co-founder of both OmTerra and the Psychedelic Somatic Institute was also research assistant to Saj for the peer-reviewed article for the Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry on the PSIP Model. You can read that article here - and it is highly recommended to read it prior to contacting OmTerra.
Why is the Autonomic Nervous System so Important?
All animals are wired to process trauma through the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The beautiful thing about the ANS is that it does require any training or techniques to process trauma - it is an innate ability that we all carry. Our challenge as people and as a culture is that we have developed incredible coping strategies to suppress and push down trauma. We distract, we eat, drink, do yoga, watch TV, take medication, do therapy, meditate or even take psychedelic medicines to heal. The challenge is these methods are designed to take us further away from what our bodies have been programmed to do for millions of years. We have become a culture where we cope with our symptoms of anxiety and depression vs. allowing the body to naturally process the trauma.
Our bodies seek something call homeostasis - a return to normal. The best example of this is our body temperature. Our body automatically keeps our body at 98.6 degrees - or close to it. Just like our body wants us at 98.6 our bodies want us to return to a neutral state when it comes to stress, anxiety and depression.
The ANS Map | Your Body
The body is designed to handle threats to our wellbeing by moving us through varying states created by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). There are five states in total, State 0 through State 4. Following is an overview of each of the states using an attack scenario. Consider a woman walking down the street enjoying their day. This is known as State 0 - all is calm, content and relaxed. If someone is startled or threatened, the body will move into a heightened state of arousal, hyper-vigilance, and anxiety. These are hallmarks of State 1. If things get more intense, we may feel terror and panic and our body then moves into what is known as a flight or flight response. For instance, if you are attacked by someone, you may try to flee the scene or fight the assailant. This is considered a State 2 response. If things get too intense or overwhelming and you are unable to escape, your body would then implement a "deer in the headlights" response known as a State 3 response. This is where someone experiences hopelessness, nausea, suicidality and overwhelm. This is the body's transition into the first level of dissociation - one of the most misunderstood aspects of mental health and one of our main focuses of therapy when working with clients. Finally, if the threat is not resolved, someone will go blank or check out in State 4, the body's second and deepest level of dissociation. The beautiful thing about dissociation is that is has protected people for years. Also, as a young child if there was early childhood abuse, dissociation was a "safe place" when there was no safe place. A young child cannot fight back, but they can disappear in the fog of dissociation. The challenge with this mechanism of safety is that the event and the pain/trauma from that event lives on under the cloak of dissociation. The hopeful message for anyone with trauma is that there is nothing wrong with you - you are primarily dealing with biological responses to trauma. And within that knowing lies an incredible resource - your own body. Your body took you into these states and your body can bring you back through. That is what the PSIP model focuses on - bringing someone's body back to a homeostatic state by clearing/processing the dissociation, held charges and suppressed or repressed memories.
Fight | Flight | Freeze
Most people have heard of "flight or fright". If we are startled or threatened we go into a heightened state of arousal, if things get more intense we go into flight or flight. If you are attacked by someone you may try to flee or fight back. If things get too intense or overwhelming and you cannot escape, you may go into a freeze response. A freeze response is where a person goes blank, checks out or may be the "deer in the headlights". This freeze is also known as dissociation. And dissociation is one of the most misunderstood aspects of mental health and one of our main focuses of therapy when working with clients. The beautiful thing about dissociation is that is has protected people for years. Also, as a young child if there was early childhood abuse, dissociation was a "safe place" when there was no safe place. A young child cannot fight back, but they can disappear in the fog of dissociation. The challenge with this mechanism of safety is that the event and the pain/trauma from that event lives on under the cloak of dissociation. The hopeful message for anyone with trauma is that there is nothing wrong with you - you are primarily dealing with biological responses to trauma. And within that knowing lies an incredible resource - your own body. Your body took you into these states and your body can bring you back through. That is what the PSIP model is focused on - bringing someone's body back to a homeostatic state by clearing or processing the dissociation, the held charges and the held or repressed memories.
At OmTerra, we work with your body's innate ability to utilize your Autonomic Nervous System to process trauma held in the body. To help facilitate this process we use cannabis and ketamine as catalysts to minimize your executive function capabilities. Executive functioning is what you have been using for years to manage your trauma, anxiety and/or depression. It's what is also known as secondary consciousness. Conversely, trauma and held charge/event memories live in primary consciousness, largely unaccessible, even to those actively seeking healing through standard therapy. By taking executive functioning offline, primary consciousness is able to be accessed.
Most of us have developed methods to deal with our painful, repressed or suppressed memories, stress and anxiety. Imagine your trauma as a tightly inflated ball that lives within you. Your body constantly seeks to release the energy/trauma within that ball. We refer to that as "off gassing." Every day your trauma is slowly trying to dissipate out. This slow, minute discharge shows up as anxiety. If the level of anxiety becomes too big it can lead to overwhelm and then drop you into states of dissociation. This is where you will begin to feel depressed, hopeless and miserable. During your session we use a therapeutic process called Selective Inhibition (SI) which inhibits our standard coping mechanisms. By utilizing SI in combination with cannabis or ketamine, we activate your innate ANS pathway, allowing the held charge/emotions to arise in order to be processed and released. If there is heavy dissociation, you may experience feeling blank, numb, floaty, heavy and/or cold. Though these layers of dissociation were once needed, moving through them allows waves of held charge and emotions to release.
Depending on the depths of trauma that your body holds, this work can lead to varying levels of destabilization. It is important to know, this is not something we can predict ahead of time. If you know that you have early childhood or pre-verbal trauma, the likelihood of some level of destabilization is high. What we find is that usually more complex trauma from early childhood means higher levels of destabilization. Awakening from the trance of trauma means discovering and feeling old layers of held charge, and, at times, repressed memories can arise. We find one of the biggest challenges to this work is the painful feelings in State 3 that arise (feeling hopelessness, misery, deep sadness, etc.). The most important thing to know about this work is that these feelings are temporary. They are an opportunity to do another session and move through them. The gift is that this is all part of your healing process and that as you do this work, more of you becomes available to enjoy your life!
The most important phrase for anyone going through this model of therapy is "trust your body." Your body is what carried you into these states and it is what can carry you back through. If you are destabilized it is critical to keep trusting your body and the process. Even though this work processes trauma much more quickly than standard talk therapy and other modalities, it still takes time. Through loving support and integration, you will make it through to a better experience of your life. That is why we are passionate about doing this work!
What Does a Session Look Like?
A typical session lasts for two - three hours. During the session you will be seated in a chair and wear comfortable clothing and eyeshades. Unlike standard psychedelic therapy we do not use music during sessions. The other difference is that this is an interactional model of therapy. The majority of trauma is based in relationship and so is the healing. With permission, there may be light touch or holding during the session. At times someone may go into a state where the young child emerges - a child who did not know safety and may have felt terrified and alone. In session, the ability to meet the needs within these early childhood attachment wounds can be profound.
Once seated and comfortable, the client can use their cannabis vape pen that they have brought with. We do not provide cannabis or ketamine. The cannabis can be an indica or sativa. It typically does not take a high dose of cannabis to activate the ANS. If you are a regular cannabis user it may take more cannabis to get you offline and activated. Once you the cannabis takes hold we will start the selective inhibition process. This is what will activate your ANS. Once activated you may go dissociative or into a heightened state of anxiety. What we aim for is the discomfort. We want you to steer yourself into the uncomfortable places that are held in your body. The important thing to understand is that you can have a lifetime of slow leaking anxiety that can lead to depressed states - or in two hour sessions move this out in large waves of held charge.
A common question is how many sessions will I need. There is no easy answer to this question - the best answer is, "it varies". It varies depending on the amount of trauma, dissociation, emotions and repressed memories you are holding. And again, the more complex the trauma the more intensive the sessions will need to be. A good analogy is to imagine your trauma ball wrapped in the ice of dissociation. That layer of ice can be a thin layer or the thickness of a glacier. The thicker the ice/dissociation the more sessions you will typically need.
Distinguishing aspects of the Model - Transference and Selective Inhibition
One aspect that may present itself during a session is something known as transference. Transference, positive or negative, involves transferring feelings originally felt, typically toward a primary caregiver, (attachment, love, hate, rage, etc.), onto the therapist. Positive transference may have the therapist becoming the client's savior. Negative transference may have the therapist becoming the perpetrator or the bystander. Although traditional therapy tries to avoid negative transference - the PSIP model works with negative transference in order to resolve and heal these early wounds and help move you through the emotions that are arising.
Information Regarding PSIP Sessions
All sessions are $225 per hour (cannabis/ketamine/integration). Standard cannabis or ketamine sessions are two - three hours - $450 to $675 per session. I require all clients to be working regularly with their own therapist or schedule integration sessions with OmTerra. Some clients will do both, depending on the level of support required. (Note, few therapists understand this model. We encourage clients to have their therapist read The PSIP Model and our website to ensure the level of needed support will be available.) I am also happy to work with your therapist. I live and provide sessions in Southern Oregon near Medford, Grants Pass and Ashland.
Please read the FAQs section for more information. Note, clients provide their own medicines - WE DO NOT PRODUCE, STORE, DISTRIBUTE OR PROVIDE ANY MEDICINE.
Psychedelic integration refers to taking the gained insights, emotions, or attitudes from your experience, and processing them into desired areas of your life. Integration as a general definition means “bringing parts together to make a whole.” Psychedelic integration helps to achieve a sense of “wholeness” clients seek through their set intentions for treatment.
Examples of intentions may involve taking ownership of mistakes, speaking your truth, or reconnecting with the parts of yourself that you may have turned away from in the past. It is this wholeness, this ownership of all parts of ourselves, that creates the strong, sovereign, calm foundations the rest of your life can be built upon.
Psychedelic experiences have the potential to open up very dramatic or significant ways of being, ways of viewing others, and how you view yourself. It may bring to light new goals you have, things you want to do, say, or move towards.
Once you have these experiences, integration is the process that turns your intentions into reality. It makes your insights tangible.
An example of the integration process and its related work
As an example, during your psychedelic experience, you may have an important insight around taking care of yourself and your physical health. The related integration work around this insight would be actually carrying that out: perhaps adjusting your sleep schedule, going for more exercise, or changing your diet.
You are integrating the lessons that came up. You are moving the insight of physical health into the reality of changed behavior.
As each person’s psychedelic experience can be radically different, so too will their integration process be radically different. For some it may be focused around a larger, particular “theme,” such as communication, honesty, relationships, career, or health.
Sometimes the tasks may be small and easily managed, such as “call your parents and tell them you love them.” Sometimes the integration activities may be more nebulous, or have no firm deadline, like “I need to speak my authentic truth and say how I feel.”
All of these are valid integration activities, and the follow-up integration work will vary based on your unique circumstances, your specific intention for the session, and who you want to be and where you want to go in life.
Types of Psychedelic Integration
Despite the nuances for each individual, there are a few common categories of integration that tend to arise, often related to common areas of our own personal health, expression, and energy levels.
Physical or somatic integration
Sometimes the integration process is a highly physical one. Perhaps it’s around taking better care of your body, taking time to decompress and release some pent up stress that’s been accumulating, or spending more time in nature. It’s highly focused on the body, on the sensations and feelings you have.
The integration work for this takes the shape of embodied activity:
Going outside for a walk
Moving your body through exercise or yoga
Taking care of yourself and your physical or mental health
In other cases, the integration process may revolve around how you view yourself, others, and the world, and the relationships between all of them. There are very significant and important themes that can arise in this area of the psychedelic experience, and many of them will take dedicated integration work to process and bring into your being.
Your relationship with your own mortality, your metaphysical relationship with existence, your relationship (or lack thereof) with religion and spirituality. These themes can present themselves in many ways through psychedelic experiences, and will take some integration work to process fully and integrate.
Psycho-spiritual integration can also take the form of looking into your future:
What kind of person do you want to be?
What kind of person are you now?
What kind of relationships do you want to have?
What work do you want to be doing?
Reflections of this nature can be catalyzed by the psychedelic experience, and integration is the process of continuing to answer them. Once you have an answer, you can begin to take decisive action towards making them a reality.
Emotional integration relates to the processing of emotions and feelings that come up in your life. There are times when you don’t want to feel these feelings, and be fully present with them. Instead, they may stay inside of you, waiting to be processed and released.
Grief – Perhaps you weren’t ready to process the loss of a loved one, partner, or family member, as it’s often a painful event at the time
Forgiveness – Forgiving those who may have hurt you, or even yourself for any number of reasons.
Gratitude work – Consciously choosing to focus on the beautiful parts of yourself and your life, instead of only the difficulties.
Managing, processing, and regulating your emotions are essential to your well-being and general affect. Psychedelic experiences can provide the insights that there is work to be done here, catalyzing the recognitions. The integration process is actually carrying the emotional work out for yourself and your future.
How Long Does Psychedelic Integration Take?
As with most general questions surrounding the psychedelic experience, the answer is that it is dependent on the person, their intention, and their unique context.
Some of the actions or integration activities that come up can be handled quite quickly. For example, calling an old friend or signing up for a gym membership can often be done without much difficulty. As a result, integration of those lessons —if they arise— isn’t too difficult.
However, there are much larger themes that can surface in the psychedelic experience, which can take much longer periods of time to integrate fully. Sometimes, there isn’t even an ‘end point’ to the integration. Integration can be the process of a lifetime, because you are always changing, and the world around you is always evolving.
Some examples of extended or lifelong integration might be: “I want to be a better friend or family member” or “I want to change the work that I do,” or even “I want to speak truthfully.” Some of these themes, such as ‘speaking truthfully’ don’t have an end date, and the integration work is simply a process of trying, to the best of your ability, to meet and live up this ideal. Things like changing careers to find a vocation you truly love can take weeks, months, or years to fully bring into being.
Integrating psychedelic experiences can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few years. It depends on the lessons and insights that come up, the work you are willing to do on them after, and the nature of the experience itself and the content that arose.
Why is Psychedelic Integration Important?
Psychedelic integration is an essential part of the psychedelic experience because it is the activity that makes the insights real. It is work that moves the insight from the conceptual to the actual.
The psychedelic experience without integration is potential. The experience can show you new ways of being, and it can surface important feelings or insights about your life —but it is only showing you these things. It’s like highlighting a potential destination on the map of your life. “This is somewhere you could be. This is who you could become.”
Integration is the process of actually moving from where you are now, in the direction of a new, desired destination. It is the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other walk that takes you from where and who you are now, to where and who you could be.
Having a beautiful and therapeutic psychedelic experience is wonderful, and everyone deserves to have these significant moments in their lives. But most people show up to do this work because they want to create long-lasting, significant change. If that is the case, integration work must be a part of the conversation.
Without showing up for the integration work (which only starts when the psychedelic experience ends), you won’t create the long-lasting change that you’re looking for.
Psychedelic integration work isn’t just important, it is an absolutely essential component of what makes psychedelic therapy and psychedelic medicine so life-transforming for some.
Courtesy of: Eric Brown is a content writer and program creator at Mindbloom, and the Director of Apotheosis Retreats.
Psilocybin Services Update: Steve is currently enrolled in the Synaptic Training Program to become a licensed psilocybin facilitator. He will be certified sometime in mid-May. We are still finalizing the efforts to open a service center in Grants Pass, OR. The cost and complexities have been greater than imagined. Stay tuned... we are working through the hoops and hurdles.
Psilocybin mushrooms are colloquially known as "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms," and have been used for thousands of years as a spiritual and medicinal tool among Indigenous populations.1
What a Psilocybin Therapy Session Looks Like
Psilocybin therapy involves a patient ingesting the chemical psilocybin while in the care of a therapist. The patient goes on a psychedelic journey in this controlled, safe environment, and the therapist facilitates their experience.
The session lasts six to eight hours, which is the full duration of the drug's effects. Though in some situations, patients may use the substance more than once. The general standard is that the psychedelic journey occurs a single time, with standard talk therapy often continuing after.
The goal of psilocybin therapy is to impact emotional obstacles and long-term problems in an expedient manner by utilizing the psychedelic journey, rather than spending months or years in talk therapy slowly working through them.
Let's look in-depth at psilocybin therapy, including who is a candidate for it, what the benefits and risks are, and how to know if it's right for you.
The History of Psilocybin Therapy
For many people, the notion of using a psychedelic drug for therapy might sound like something counterculture or fringe. That's not the case at all!
Psilocybin therapy is both studied and used by highly legitimate medical establishments such as Johns Hopkins. In fact, it was John Hopkins University that first received regulatory approval for psychedelic research in the year 2000, decades after the research and therapy were banned by the U.S. government in 1970.11
In 2006, the first research paper by Johns Hopkins was published on the positive long-term impact of using psilocybin in a therapeutic study.3 Since then, dozens of studies and academic papers4 have been published, with the overarching theme that the therapy offers solid, long-term positive impact for patients with a variety of conditions.
In 2021, Hopkins received a federal grant5 for psychedelic treatment research, which was within a similar timeframe of some states beginning to decriminalize it. Currently, legislation has been passed in over a dozen states to make psilocybin more legal.6
It's important to note that the decriminalization and usage of the substance have been centered around its therapeutic value, and most places that allow it, allow it only in therapeutic settings.
Who Can Psilocybin Therapy Help?
Psilocybin therapy is generally used for people with issues that may be refractory to conventional therapies.
Below are some of the populations who have been shown to benefit from psilocybin therapy.
Chronic Illness Patients
For people with life-threatening cancer, a single dose of psilocybin was shown to dramatically reduce their depression and anxiety.7 The effects were long-lasting, with 60% to 80% of the group continuing to experience improvement in those symptoms over six months later.
Another study of cancer patients performed showed that over 80% continued to feel better over six months after the single-dose therapy.8 They reported improvements in their attitudes about life, their moods, and their sense of spirituality, as well as a reduction in their depression, anxiety, and feelings of dread or hopelessness about their illness.
People With Depression and Anxiety
Both depression and anxiety can be serious, debilitating conditions that make people unable to go about their normal day-to-day lives.
For patients whose depression had previously been resistant to treatment, the results of studies have been no less profound. One study showed that 13 out of 20 patients experienced improvement, and for four of them, the depression went into remission.9
In regards to patients with anxiety, a meta-analysis of two dozen studies stated that overall, 65% of patients experienced less anxiety after psilocybin therapy treatment.10
It's clear that psilocybin therapy has the potential to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can persist for years after a traumatic event, and it can disrupt all facets of life. Psilocybin has not been studied for usage with PTSD patients although it's been theorized it may be helpful.11 Other psychedelics such as MDMA and ketamine have also been studied in PTSD.
Studies have been published that have explored the use of psilocybin therapy for drug addiction, smoking cessation, Alzheimer's disease, and more.4
Benefits of Psilocybin Therapy
Specifically, studies have shown that12 "psilocybin is reported to result in significant changes in brain dynamics and functional connectivity (FC) between areas of the brain." This may help to explain why the results of its usage have been so dramatic, and why they have been more long-lasting than other forms of therapy.
Based on the various studies included in this article, the benefits of psilocybin therapy include the following:
Reduced rates of depression
Chronic depression moving into remission
Lowered levels of anxiety
Less fear of the future
Increased sense of spirituality and connection
Enhanced quality of life
No form of therapy is a panacea, and there will always be some people who react differently to a specific treatment than others do.
Based on the studies reviewed in this article, it's common for about two-thirds of people who try psilocybin therapy to note marked positive results that last.
This includes populations that have conditions that have resisted treatment in the past.
Because studies have only been funded for the last two decades, and have only been funded by the U.S. government for the last two to three years, there is still much more research needed.
Things to Consider
Because psilocybin is a psychoactive substance, it's important to be fully informed before you contemplate using it. It should always be done in the company of a licensed therapist who is specialized in its therapeutic usage.
There May Be Potential for Addiction
Even though psilocybin is generally not considered an addictive drug, people who have substance abuse problems still could potentially find themselves drawn to take the substance again, outside of their clinical setting.
This is a tricky subject because the drug has been researched in the treatment of certain substance use issues, so it's wise to discuss this at length with your practitioner.
It Might Bring Up Uncomfortable Emotions
Even if you have positive results from the therapy it may not be a completely enjoyable experience. That's why it's so important that it be facilitated by someone who can help you if things go awry.
It's important to realize that in order to move through painful parts of your life, you'll likely be confronting them head-on in the session. That can be scary and uncomfortable in the best of times, let alone when under the influence of psychedelics.
Patients With Heart Problems Should Exercise Caution
There have been some questions whether psilocybin might cause certain types of cardiac issues, however there is no clear evidence for this. If you have any cardiac or medical issues, check with your physician before considering its use.
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Microdosing refers to the practice of taking small amounts of psychedelic substances, such as LSD or psilocybin mushrooms, to enhance cognitive or creative abilities, promote well-being, or treat various conditions. The practice has gained popularity in recent years, with proponents claiming that microdosing can lead to increased focus, creativity, and emotional stability without the intensity of a full psychedelic experience.
The history of microdosing can be traced back to the 1950s and 1960s, when researchers at Harvard University conducted studies on the effects of LSD on creativity and mental health. However, the use of LSD and other psychedelics was later banned in many countries, and research on their therapeutic potential was largely halted. Interest in microdosing resurfaced in the early 2000s, primarily lead by James Fadiman, PHD, with a growing body of anecdotal evidence suggesting that small doses of psychedelics could have positive effects on mood, creativity, and cognition.
There are several potential benefits associated with microdosing, including improved mood, creativity, and productivity, as well as reduced anxiety and depression. Some studies have also suggested that microdosing may have therapeutic potential for a range of conditions, such as PTSD, addiction, and cluster headaches. However, most of these studies are still in the early stages, and more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and risks of microdosing.
The most common method of microdosing involves taking a small amount of a psychedelic substance, typically 1/10th to 1/20th of a full dose, every few days or on a set schedule. The effects of microdosing can vary depending on the individual, the substance, and the dose, but are generally described as subtle and long-lasting. Some people prefer to use a liquid solution or a capsule, while others prefer to measure out their dose using a scale or other measuring device.
There are several risks associated with microdosing, including the potential for adverse reactions, such as anxiety, paranoia, or hallucinations. Psychedelics can also have unpredictable effects, and the long-term effects of microdosing are largely unknown. In addition, the legality of microdosing varies depending on the country and the substance, and there is a risk of legal consequences for possessing or using illegal drugs.
Overall, while there is growing interest in the potential benefits of microdosing, more research is needed to fully understand the risks and benefits associated with this practice. Anyone considering microdosing should do so under the guidance of a qualified professional, and should be aware of the potential risks and legal implications.
Reach out to OmTerra to learn more.
The growing interest in psychedelic therapy is undeniable, and the potential benefits for those struggling with mental health issues are significant. As more research is conducted and laws are revised to allow for more legal use of psychedelic substances, starting a psychedelic therapy company can be an excellent business opportunity.
At OmTerra, we help in guiding individuals and businesses through the initial phases of starting a psychedelic therapy company. Our experienced team of therapists and consultants is committed to helping our clients establish a successful and sustainable business that prioritizes the well-being of its clients.
Our consulting services include a comprehensive evaluation of the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as identifying the most appropriate psychedelic substances for your business, and establishing effective treatment protocols. We also provide guidance on how to navigate ethical considerations in the development of your business, as well as practical considerations such as facility design, staffing, and risk management.
We work closely with our clients to create a customized business plan that meets their specific needs and goals. Our services include financial modeling, market research, and competitive analysis, as well as business development and strategic planning. We also provide ongoing support to help our clients navigate the complexities of the industry, including fundraising, licensing, and regulatory compliance.
At our consulting firm, we believe that psychedelic therapy has the potential to revolutionize mental health care. We are committed to ensuring that the benefits of this emerging field are accessible to those in need, while also promoting responsible and ethical business practices.
If you are interested in starting a psychedelic therapy company and would like to learn more about our consulting services, please contact us today. Our team is dedicated to supporting your success in this dynamic and growing industry.