Psychedelic Therapy for Trauma


Trauma occurs when we are confronted with an experience that exceeds our capacity to make meaning of and cope with. It is stored in the body as tensions or pains, which can be processed when we are more mature and better resourced. 

Every individual experiences trauma in their early childhood, even through the act of birth, precisely because the structures do not yet exist by which the individual can make sense of the experience. Trauma is also experienced during any part of the lifetime. Trauma can be as stark as sexual abuse by a caregiver or as mundane as being yelled at by a stressed out parent. Not all trauma produces clinically relevant symptoms to warrant a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder or produce dysfunctional personality styles as in personality disorders. However, trauma continues to impact our lives. When we find ourselves in conflict with our aspirations and desires, we are often dealing with trauma.

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Trauma

Psychedelic-assisted therapy works wonders with trauma. MDMA and psilocybin-assisted therapies were granted breakthrough treatment status for the treatment of PTSD. Because trauma is unprocessed psychological material, it takes root in our unconscious, namely our bodies. It remains there until we can become well-resourced enough to reexperience and reinterpret it from a more mature and encompassing state of awareness, something that psychedelic-assisted therapy is excellent for. Though MDMA and psilocybin are not yet approved by the FDA, many phase 2 and 3 studies have been conducted showing significant improvement in short periods of time, far shorter than traditional talk therapy or medication alone. Within is proud to offer safe ketamine-assisted therapy until these medicines can be legally administered. 

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