Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as psilocybin mushrooms, colloquially called "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms". These mushrooms have been used since ancient times for medicinal and spiritual purposes. In current times, psilocybin has been found to be effective for people with a number of mental health concerns. Psilocybin has been shown to accelerate the healing process in many people for distressing emotional symptoms, such as depression, OCD, and anxiety. Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy combines the therapeutic effects of psilocybin with the support of an experienced and trusted therapist. The psychotherapy component of psilocybin treatment allows the client to process what is gained through the psilocybin experience with the therapist, supporting integration of these insights for lasting symptom relief.
Our past and current life experiences and the meaning we make from them can give rise to negative and overwhelming psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms. Factors such trauma, loss, discrimination, poverty, and other negative life experiences can shape our perception of ourselves and the world, including how we react and respond to life's challenges and our ability to navigate our emotions. These perceptions can become habitual patterns and cycles that contribute to suffering. Individuals who seek psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy often struggle with life-long or treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. They have tried other forms of therapy and are still in need of relief from their debilitating symptoms. Psilocybin can help clients break out of self-destructive patterns and reconnect with a sense of purpose, passion, and creativity in life.
Therapists at BWC are available to assist people through the therapeutic use of psilocybin and non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Our psychiatrist, Dr. Jordan Sloshower, is one of the leading experts in psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy research. Contact us for more information. Therapists at BWC provide other types of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies as well.
Sloshower, J., Guss, J., Krause, R., Wallace, R., Williams, M., Reed, S., & Skinta, M. (2020). Psilocybin-assisted therapy of major depressive disorder using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a therapeutic frame. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 15, 12-19.
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