Scott Ross, MA, LMHC
Scott Ross, MA, LMHC

Psychedelic Integration Therapy

 The primary modality in which I practice psychedelic integration therapy is in the context of a long term therapeutic relationship (typically at least 6 months). This tends to feel similar to traditional depth-oriented therapy, with the primary difference being that your psychedelic experiences are seen as an integral part of your growth and wellbeing. With this shared mindset, we are free to explore your experiences in depth, give consideration to preparation for journeys, safety concerns, and lastly, to consider how to translate the insights of your experiences into your daily life, where they may have the most lasting impact. As we delve into your experiences we will utilize various therapeutic approaches such as Internal Family Systems, transpersonal oriented therapy, attachment theory, and Jungian psychology.                                                                                                                                        

People use psychedelics intentionally for numerous reasons including to gain philosophical or spiritual insight, to enhance interpersonal relationships, to gain a deeper appreciation and connection with nature, for relief of physical pain and improved attunement to one’s body, and for mental health reasons which have gained widespread attention as of late due to the promising research currently being done. I am open to working with clients to enhance any of these commendable pursuits. 

                                                                                                                                                       

Integration

A concise description of integration is the process of sharing and carefully attending to one’s psychedelic experiences and seeking to apply the insights from these experiences to one’s daily life for the growth and transformation of the self. In therapy this often looks similar to working with dreams. We may look for themes, explore symbols, process somatic and emotional experiences, draw connections to significant relationships and events in your life, and pay attention to how your experiences are altering your vision of life and reality. As we delve into the intricacies of these experiences we will also consider how they apply to your daily life. This may include a broad range of life adjustments from incorporating new practices like yoga, hiking, or meditation to practicing more compassionate, attuned communication with your partner or family. In regularly attending to the psychedelic experiences and how they apply to your daily life we ensure that they become transformative experiences that enliven your existence rather than becoming mere firework shows that have no lasting impact.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What I don’t do

Although I am passionate about psychedelic-assisted therapy and plan on practicing it within the next few years when these substances begin to be approved for therapeutic use, I do not currently offer psychedelic-assisted therapy with illegal substance. I do offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy which is currently the only form of legal psychedelic-assisted therapy legal in the United States. For more information see the section of the website on Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.