If you have a desire or experience of using psychedelics as part of your therapeutic process, it can be very nice to share this with your psychologist. But many lack knowledge about this and are left with prejudices that gained a foothold many years ago. Here are some tips on how to proceed if you want to share the experience with your psychologist. How you should proceed, of course, depends on your assessment of the relationship and the psychologist's attitudes, but here are some of my tips for progressing safely.
If you want to share everything about the experience, I recommend starting by asking the psychologist if he / she knows anything about the latest research on MDMA and psilocybin. If the answer is no, you may want to include an article next time. This article from The New Yorker is very well written, but if you think they would rather have something more Norwegian and academic is this nice to start with. If the answer is yes, you have an opportunity to hear what he / she thinks about the case. Note that most psychologists will be cautious in this area as neither psilocybin nor MDMA are approved drugs and they may be afraid of losing their psychologist authorization if they are accused of encouraging the use of psychedelics. You can also mention that you want to have such an experience in a country where psilocybin is legal, such as the Netherlands or Jamaica. Et couples I know well works together as psychedelic therapists in the Netherlands where she is a trained psychologist and he has received a more shamanistic training. Some would consider such a setting safer than a group setting.
If you do not want to admit that you have had a psychedelic experience, you can say that you have tried holotropic breathing. This is a breathing technique that can provide clear psychedelic experiences for many and is often used as a legal alternative to psychedelic drugs. Here is a video which shows a bit how it works. You can also describe your psychedelic experience as a strong dream if you want to share and get feedback from the psychologist. In addition, it can be nice to prepare your psychologist that this is important to you and that it is important that he / she receives it in a good way.
What consequences can it have if I admit the use of illegal drugs to my psychologist?
As a rule, one does not suffer any consequences for this. The exception is if the psychologist thinks you may be harming others. Then they have a duty to report to the police. Lack of knowledge among some psychologists and the police is what makes this area a bit woolly. There are several stories of patients who have admitted occasional cannabis use to a doctor or psychologist and who have been deprived of a driver's license. The argument is then that there is a suspicion of driving under the influence or that cannabis affects driver performance over a long period of time. These are cases that you will most likely win if you appeal the case, but there can still be some headaches. Read a more in-depth explanation of how it works Rustelefonen.no. In some cases, it can result in the involvement of the child welfare service if the case is considered serious enough. It takes a lot more to lose parental rights than occasional drug use, but it can again be a bit of a headache and if you are already involved in cases with child welfare or around parental rights, it can lead to unfortunate outcomes.
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