Backpacking

Things to keep in mind

Expectation management

  • It is likely that you will not get the experience that you expect.

  • Don't believe (all) the stories; because it is both essentially impossible to put into words and hard to sufficiently respect the highly individual nature of the psychedelic experience, other peoples accounts of their experiences are rarely anything like the way you experience yours. As convincing as their accounts may sound.

  • Psilocybin truffles are not a magic pill and most likely will not cure your problem in one or two sessions. But they can help you make an invaluable step forward.

  • You will most likely have to make active changes in your day to day life to maintain the benefits of your experience (but you may find that those changes turn out to be very fun to make :).

  • It is likely that your symptoms will slowly return in time (but probably with a slightly different quality). This is why we focus on developing a healthy relationship with them.

  • Even a beneficial experience may be very difficult at times.

  • The therapeutic effort will determine at least as much of the lasting positive outcomes of the experience as the Psilocybin truffles.

  • Your trip may be a purely physical experience with little or even no particularly strong emotions; or you may have a purely emotional one with little else going on, it may be a purely cognitive one with very little noteworthy emotions or physical experiences, or you may have a very spiritual experience. Don’t try to predict what you will get and know that all types can be equally beneficial.

  • There is no guarantee that you will have a 'mystical' type of  experience nor are they necessarily crucial for helping you with your specific problem.

 

Our approach

We deeply  agree with the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) approach to psychedelic assisted therapy of not using a cognition focused model of psychotherapy but one focussed on working with the subconscious. Just as MAPS, we base our way of working strongly on the two psychotherapeutic models called IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Hakomi (Hakomi mindfulness based somatic psychotherapy). What these models share with each other and what sets them both apart from conventional models like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is that they do not aim at understanding your behaviour in order to help you manage your actions but they aim at investigating the subconscious drives and beliefs that govern our behaviour from just beyond our awareness. So we will not be diagnosing your behaviour, pathologize or try to teach you how to manage the way you behave. By connecting to and investigating the subconscious messages of your system you will get a first hand account of what is happening and alive in your system and why instead of a (however well-informed) interpretation from us or any other specialist.

Because our subconscious mind communicates through body sensations, emotions, memories, images and imagination that is what we will be focussing on. The psilocybin truffles, because of their psychedelic power of connecting us to the subconscious mind, greatly magnifies the potency of this approach. Interestingly, once you can connect deeply to what is alive in your subconscious mind and get your first hand account of what is alive there, driving your behaviour and your feelings, insights and understanding come naturally and almost as a by-product of this method. In addition to the investigative nature of these two models they both provide tools to help relieve the deep seated emotional tension and pain that we find in the subconscious mind. 

And this is effective; IFS is evidence based, is growing steadily and so is the scientific support for its principles. And the results of the MAPS trials speak for themselves.

Apart from amplifying our therapeutic work the psilocybin truffles also bring their own unique kind of support that is still barely understood by (western) science. This introduces a mysterious element that forces and/or allows us to let go of some or all of our preconceived ideas and knowledge and humbly adjust to the process as it unfolds. But it also allows the process to heal in ways that we alone cannot.