Psilocybin Therapy with Angela
Establish a Trust Relationship (Hayden p.7)
Bill Richards (2020): What is a Psilocybin Session like? (10:14) Relationship!I've been touched by many journeyers the last couple years, as I have been very lucky to be among the first therapists in Canada offering government-approved Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for those with Sec 56 exemptions.
In December 2021, the government announced applications should go in to the Special Access Program (SAP) instead, which allows your MD to request access to Psilocybin Therapy for you if you have a serious illness and you've already tried other forms of treatment. Some have been approved for Major Depression. Still, it requires an application process and has not been incredibly straightforward to gain.
Psilocybin Therapy is not typical therapy. It is about entering the space beneath the words and gaining access from the deeper wisdom of your emotions, your sensations, even your pain and tensions!
Having a therapy background, I believe that it requires preparation because while activating non-ordinary states through a plant medicine can be very powerful, the West is only just learning how to work ethically with people wanting to enter with these states in a professional and heart-centered way.
As the journeyer, we also need to be steady enough in our lives to be able to gain the most benefit because it can stir stuff up pain from the past and leave us feeling very raw.
Original traditions have always worked with non-ordinary states through dance, song and sometimes with pscyhotropic plant medicines, in order to help ultimately tap into a deeper sense of self. These cultures are steeped in deeper philosophies and understandings of the sacred that make it more natural for a member of the community to follow the procedures involved that particular traditions know to be an important part of the integration process. Journeys should not be taken lightly.
Most of us in the West live disconnected from our ancestral roots so we now turn to therapists who we know we can trust to guide us in this process. That said, the community traditionally chooses the community healers, the ones with the wisdom, and not the other way around. Age and experience can both be factors. The therapists that we should trust should hold the power of the wisdom that they have integrated through their lives and the humility of knowing what they do not know.
Some people skip steps and call themselves "healers" before they are ready because of the incredible pressure to make money and pay bills in the modern world. They have heard the call, but have not been able to receive the required guidance yet be able to to hold space with their full presence. Be thoughtful in your choice of guide.
In addition to legal journyes, I am more than happy to continue to provide integration sessions for people who are returning home from plant medicine journeys that have been difficult, confusing or not held in a proper setting with reverence and respect.
I feel honoured to assist people as they re-establish trust with their bodies and their healing intelligence in a safe space with gentleness and curiousity.
This will give you an idea of a high-dose journey: Bill Richards (2020): What is a Psilocybin Session like?