Public Groups – Have you had a psychedelic experience and are looking for someone to talk to? Curious about what you’ve read about psychedelics in the news but still think they sound scary? Or maybe someone you know uses psychedelics and you’re wondering if it’s safe? Come to our monthly public group to learn more and have your questions answered in a safe, supportive environment. Each meeting will begin with a 15-20 min educational presentation by one of our professionals with expertise in the use of psychedelics, followed by facilitated group discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to sign up for each group ahead of time. To learn more about our groups, click here.
Individual psychotherapy – Are you looking for a psychotherapist who has a professional understanding of psychedelics and their use? We provide individual treatment tailored to your needs. This can include support in integrating psychedelic experiences, but may also extend to other areas of a person’s life. We will also help individuals explore and clarify their desire and motivation to continue to use psychedelics, or reduce their use. To set up an appointment, click here.
Group Therapy – Are you interested in exploring psychedelic themes in a group context? We offer group therapy to support
healing, growth and positive change among community members who use psychedelics. The theme of each group varies depending on the goals of the members of the group. Please contact us if you have a suggestion for a particular theme. To set up an appointment, click here.
Comprehensive Evaluation – Have you wondered whether they may be risks associated with using psychedelics? We can conduct comprehensive evaluations, including psychological testing to assess for potential risk factors and assessment of individuals who are having difficult experiences related to psychedelic use. To set up an appointment, click here
The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is designed to assist people who have had psychedelic experiences and are seeking support in connection with those experiences, as well as people who would like to learn more about psychedelics but may not have had personal experiences with these substances. Our overarching intention for the program is to increase awareness and reduce risks of psychedelic use. We see this as a natural extension of the harm reduction approach that the Center for Optimal Living is known for.
Individuals who have had difficult experiences can benefit from a better understanding of the often-challenging feelings stirred up by psychedelics. Individuals who have had positive experiences can use supportive therapy to bolster and integrate the insights from their experiences into their daily lives.
While the use of psychedelic substances remains tightly controlled in the United States, the reality is that many individuals continue to make use of these substances in a variety of settings and contexts; many of them less than optimal. Despite the potential benefits psychedelics have to offer, there are real risks associated with their unsupervised use. For some users, the effect of psychedelics can make even ordinary, familiar experiences overwhelming, particularly when experienced alone or in less controlled settings like music festivals. Other users remain confused or anxious long after their experience is over or have difficulty processing the conflicting thoughts and feelings that such experiences often bring to the surface.
Previously, individuals seeking support for psychedelic experiences, or simply looking to better understand and make use of the insights they had gained had few options for professional support. The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is tailored to meet people with full engagement and open curiosity, and to aid those who seek support in navigating their relationship with these substances.
Daytime and evening appointments are available. Please call 212-213-8905 x2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional information or set up an initial consultation.