Non-Ordinary State Psychotherapy

When used in a therapeutic context, the induction of non-ordinary states (sometimes referred to as altered states) can aid in the process of psychological, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Non-Ordinary State Psychotherapy

Depth Work

In the right environment and with the right intention, these techniques can become a tool for greater self-awareness and exploration. There is a long history in the fields of psychology and psychiatry of using non-ordinary states of consciousness to facilitate deep psychological work. Following models provided by psychedelic therapies (using MDMA, psilocybin, and Ketamine), Holotropic breathwork, and Medicinal Mindfulness, the sessions themselves are largely non-directive. We assist in providing a safe space for the exploration of the non-rational, non-linear, non-verbal aspects of the mind, where many of our unresolved issues and historical traumas reside. These non-ordinary states of consciousness often facilitate increases in awareness, new understandings, and an improved outlook regarding the self and symptoms. This practice can be powerful and is best navigated with a guide or support that has significant mental health training. We use a variety of methods to induce a non-ordinary state including sound/vibration, breathwork, neurofeedback, light stimulation, and evocative music.

What to Expect

Before working with non-ordinary states in a session, we will spend 1-3 sessions exploring prior experience with non-ordinary states, motivations, and intentions for working with ‚Äčthese states. These sessions will also be used as time for the therapist and client to begin building a therapeutic relationship, for symptom assessment, and treatment planning. This is also a time to familiarize the client with the process and method of non-ordinary state psychotherapy including mindfulness, visualization skills, and body-focused practices. In some cases, we may work with breath-work, and/or neuromeditation protocols as an entry into this type of therapy. Following the non-ordinary states session, we will meet for an additional 1-3 sessions to integrate the experience.

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