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Psychedelic Dreamscape is thrilled to announce a partnership with Thrive Downtown Counselling Clinic. They specialize in a wide range of therapy, including psychedelic therapy and individual, couples and low-cost counselling. We have included our guide on Psychedelic Therapy below; we hope you find it helpful!

Why Thrive

Thrive’s mission is to make you feel seen, heard and understood. Thrive stands out, given its founder’s 17 years of education and practice in treating post-traumatic stress and trauma. Trauma experts leading the therapy improves outcomes as opposed to sessions conducted by well-intentioned but often under-trained guides.

Clinical details aside, Thrive is here to help you realize that you aren’t broken and that your struggles make sense. They go the extra mile to honour each client’s individual journey in a way that feels safe, non-transactional and free from jargon. Learn more about Thrive here.

The Thrive Approach

Thrive begins with several careful assessment and preparation sessions with a counsellor of your choice before any therapy sessions. These planning sessions may be in-person for those in the Greater Vancouver area or via Zoom for those coming from afar.

Following that, you will meet with your counsellor and a second facilitator for therapy in 1 of 3 themed rooms: jungle, desert or meditation. Afterwards, the treatment program strongly emphasizes integration — translating the work into meaningful life changes.

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We, Amigos, believe in a better future for all Canadians struggling with mental health-related issues.

Thank you

Professor. Merlin & Dreamer

Like any health fad, the allure of potential will draw people in. When practicing and using herbal treatments, knowing their properties, stories and uses is essential. The medical potential of magic mushrooms is coming to light, and science is discovering new benefits. We will take a deep dive into the world of psychedelic therapy.

Magic mushrooms have been around for thousands of years and many cultures used them for ceremonies and other events. The Aztecs, Mayans, and Olmec people used mushrooms’ psychedelic effects to heal and reach an elevated state of mind. The magic from these mushrooms is derived from a fungus — psilocybin.

Downsides of psilocybin therapy

To know whether psilocybin therapy is a good option for you, you need to know all of the facts. Good and bad. With any therapy, there will be downsides to the treatment. Mixing in experimental drugs can take it to a different level; if taking a psychedelic in a controlled environment like an office gives you anxiety, don’t do it. A bad trip can happen if you enter the session with doubt and worry.

According to a study by Theresa M. Carbonaro, 10.7% of those undergoing psilocybin therapy reported creating a situation that put themselves or others at risk of physical harm. 2.6% of the survey takers reported being violent or aggressive towards themselves or others.

An eye mask is to help keep the person calm and internalize the feelings, but there have been cases where patients did not wear an eye mask, and the visual effects of psilocybin impacted the patient’s session. The hallucinations from psilocybin may overwhelm the patients and create extreme anxiety, paranoia, and a lost sense of reality. With this in mind, most medical professionals and researchers discount self-reported data because it lacks objectivity.

Side effects of psilocybin can vary from person to person and illness to illness, just like any drug. A few widely reported side effects include; confusion, fear, hallucinations, high blood pressure, nausea, and headaches. These side effects are the reason a patient must undergo such an extensive preparation period. No therapist should ever put a patient into a position they aren’t ready for mentally, physically, or emotionally.

Most treatments will have positives and negatives; listening to how you’re feeling is vital. Psilocybin therapy is showing exciting progress so far; keep an eye out for what else comes to light in the future!