Psilocybin Assisted Therapy in Jamaica
Treat depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, childhood trauma, self-confidence issues or find new goals and direction in your life!
What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is a natural psychoactive substance present in more than 200 species of mushrooms. It can be found everywhere in the world growing naturally. Commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms” or “hallucinogenic mushrooms”, they cause a psychedelic (or “mind revealing”) experience for the consumer, including changes in mood, perception, behavior, and expand one’s understanding of past, present, and future experiences. Psilocybin has been used for millennia by indigenous tribes for spiritual and medicinal purposes and continues to be widely used today.
“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself…The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Benefits of Psilocybin
A growing number of medical and academic research studies have confirmed psilocybin’s many benefits, and it is slowly becoming a widespread means of treating various physical and mental diseases (for example depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction). Described by many as a “life-changing” experience, Psilocybin helps improve one’s general state of mind and body. Known to bypass the restrictive circuit of the “default mode network” in the brain, psilocybin is thought to increase connectivity throughout the entire brain, repairing connections which have been previously shut down due to depression or disease. Several studies have shown the benefits of psilocybin in the functioning of the brain even after just a single dose.
Taking psilocybin under appropriate conditions:
- Allows you to explore different perspectives and process repressed emotions and trauma – gaining new outlooks.
- Develops new neural pathways and connections, resulting in healthier thoughts and behaviors, and when done consistently, becomes your new, advanced default.
Common Concerns with Psilocybin
- Psilocybin is not addictive. One of its primary medicinal applications is treating addiction.
- People do not overdose on psilocybin – a harmful dose is 3,000 times higher than the average dose (1-3 grams).
- Taking psilocybin with certain severe mental conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder – if you have these illnesses, you should do a screening before consuming psilocybin
*Please reach out to us by sending a message via the contact tab if you have specific questions or concerns. So that we may address them on a case-by-case basis.
*Bénédicte has many years of experience hosting psilocybin retreats, which include integration and risk reduction
Psilocybin will not suddenly heal years of trauma on its own
It’s harmful to spread the belief that psychedelics is the miraculous cure for all, and that through taking any substance one time will heal decades or generations of trauma. Healing takes time and require tools and self-work.
You are responsible for your own healing. Psilocybin provides a lot of insight and assistance in your journey to recovery however it will not do the work for you, this remains your responsibility.
The Journey into non-ordinary state of consciousness
It is important to feel safe, before, during, and after a non-ordinary state of consciousness.
Bénédicte has 30+ years of experience with psychedelics, including a number of years in risk reduction at psychedelic festivals, learning a lot of important information regarding psychedelics like the importance of set and setting. Set referring to your mindset before taking psychedelics and setting regarding the social and physical environment where the psychedelic experience is to take place. This experience and understanding is directly translated into a Psilocybin Assisted Therapy protocol which Bénédicte practices with her clients.
The Pre-Session: The pre-session is a pre-talk (online or in-person) between Bénédicte and yourself, during which you are both going to introduce each other. Bénédicte will explain and answer questions about the session. You are going to speak about preparation, dosage, and discuss about your intention. This session will establish a Therapeutic Alliance (a strong safe and confident relationship) between yourself and Bénédicte. She always recommends that her clients feel totally safe with their therapist. It is part of your responsibility; you need to make the right choice and follow your instincts. It is not possible to be the therapist for everyone. You need to choose the one with who you feel safe, understood and believe have the tools to help you. This pre-session is important to ensure that you have the right mindset before embarking on your psychedelic journey. It will allow you to go further and deeper in your healing, especially if you are suffering from anxiety, childhood trauma, or other mental issues.
The session: Bénédicte asks that you up a full day for yourself with no obligations – no phones, meetings or other planned engagements. This can be difficult for some but setting boundaries is part of the healing process. Bénédicte provides a safe and comfortable environment so that you can relax and let go into your psychedelic experience. The intentions discussed in the pre-session are re-established before your psilocybin dosing.
The Integration Session: Psychedelic Integration is the most important part of the journey, as it allows people who have experienced a non-ordinary state of consciousness to reflect on it and bring that experience into their life. It takes place after each session and is conducted between you and Bénédicte. The altered state of consciousness allows you to access your inner guide and the Integration session lets you ground your journey so that you can make sense of it. Integration is being able to use what has been offered to you during this experience so that it can benefit your life in the long-term.
With the help of Bénédicte, the integration session will allow you to put in place a strategy to change and become a better version of yourself.