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PSYCHEDELIC SOMATIC 

INTERACTIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY (PSIP)

 

Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy (PSIP) is a powerful and innovative integrative therapeutic approach that combines elements of somatic therapy, psychedelic-assisted therapy, depth-psychology and relational psychotherapy.

It is designed to facilitate deep healing, personal growth, and transformation by emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, embodied experience, and the integration of psychedelic experiences.

While the use of psychedelic substances is one aspect of PSIP, the approach can also be practiced without them, offering a comprehensive somatic psychotherapy model.

PSIP and Trauma

 

PSIP recognizes the profound impact that emotional distress, other mental health challenges, and especially all forms of trauma (individual and collective trauma, single-event and developmental trauma, chronic and complex dissociative trauma, transgenerational trauma, physical/medical trauma, etc.) can have on the body, mind, and relationships.

The approach acknowledges that traumatic experiences are not solely stored in the cognitive and emotional realms but mostly held in deep, biochemically coded forms in the nervous system and the whole body. 

Therefore, PSIP places a strong emphasis on working with the body and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to promote healing and restore well-being.

In fact, one of the most important aspects of this model is the somatic, ANS-level processing of various forms of trauma and traumatic dissociation, and working in deep and intense ways with the most visceral levels of emotions. 

In the PSIP model, we only use legally available medicines (ketamine and cannabis), or no medicines at all. 

Hopefully, other psychedelic medicines will soon become legally available, too.  

Please note that PSIP is not a standalone modality but is often integrated with other therapeutic approaches to provide a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.

Key Components of PSIP

Therapeutic Relationship: The therapeutic relationship is considered essential for healing and growth and forms the foundation of PSIP.

A safe, trusting, and supportive alliance is cultivated between the therapist and the client, fostering trust and collaboration throughout the client's journey, and providing a secure space for exploration, healing, and growth.

Embodied Experience: PSIP places a strong emphasis on the wisdom and significance of the body in the therapeutic process. Clients are encouraged to develop awareness of bodily sensations, feelings, and movements.

We will explore and deepen your understanding of how your body remembers, holds and expresses emotions, memories, trauma, and other experiences.

Through mindfulness and somatic techniques, we will promote self-awareness and cultivate a deeper connection with your body.

Relational Focus - Attachment Patterns and Therapeutic Transference: PSIP recognizes the importance of interpersonal dynamics as well as early attachment and relational patterns in shaping our experiences and well-being. The therapeutic relationship serves as a vehicle for exploring and healing relational wounds, enhancing interpersonal skills, and fostering healthy connections.

Early developmental traumas and attachment wounds are not only welcome in the therapeutic process but are, in fact, often consciously evoked by the therapist for deep, emotional and somatic processing. 

Who Is PSIP For?

PSIP can be beneficial for a range of mental health concerns, including trauma, PTSD  and cPTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, and existential or spiritual crises.

By addressing the interplay between the body, mind, and relationships, PSIP aims to support individuals in their journey towards holistic healing, personal growth, and a more integrated sense of Self.

PSIP is a versatile approach that can be beneficial for a range of mental health concerns, including:

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Grief and loss

  • Self-esteem and self-worth issues

  • Existential or spiritual crises

 

It's important to note that PSIP should only be conducted by trained and qualified therapists who adhere to ethical and safety guidelines. If you are considering PSIP, it is essential to seek the support of a licensed professional with expertise in this modality.

My Practice

Length of sessions:  

2.5 - 3 hours

In-office sessions:

Please bring your ...

- medicine

- eye-mask

- comfortable clothes.

Online sessions:

Please have your ...

- medicine

- comfortable clothes

- eye-mask

- head-set

- laptop camera ... ready.

Online (Zoom) sessions are of the same duration as in-person sessions.

Medicine:

For more detailed information on the ketamine and cannabis that you are intending to use in the PSIP sessions, please refer to the following two pages of this website: 

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

 

Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy (CAP)

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