Psychedelic therapy, Altered state therapy, Integration work, Psychedelic-aided therapy - many names for similar kinds of work. The use of plant medicines or psychedelics may lead to an altered state where senses can be distorted or enhanced, perceptions can be mildly to extremely challenged, and meaning can be difficult to find during use. 'Use' can mean a spiritual experience, recreational exploration, or finding one's limitations. In psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, these medicines are used as tools for specific and intentional reasons including feeling stuck during other therapeutic work, healing from trauma, spiritual/existential exploration, etc.
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A note about diversity is important to add in a secion. "Ethical practice needs to consider the larger sociopolitical context surrounding psychedelics, particularly with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as well as social justice. Psychedelic-assisted therapy and the current psychedelic renaissance is embedded within a White-dominant medical framework . There is a significant lack of diversity within the field of psychedelic researchers, with Indigenous people and people of color underrepresented both as researchers, therapists, and participants in studies . Psychedelic science has been criticized for its lack of cultural humility, or the acknowledgment that we are bound by limitations of our social backgrounds and often unaware of our own privilege . This lack of diversity stands in stark contrast to the fact that psychedelics have been part of the spiritual practices and cultures of Indigenous people throughout the world and have historically been frequently condemned by Western cultures. As a result, the "discovery" of psychedelic-assisted therapy by Western medicine has been criticized as another example of colonialism or cultural appropriation that repeats a history of oppression ."
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