Rediscovering the Innate Paths to Healing through
Innate Path Psychedelic Therapy Training:
A Cohort-based, Experiential model for Practitioners and Students
Psychedelic therapy is very different from traditional therapy. Instead of working to analyze and think our way to the source of our suffering, and then use the insight we gain to 'change' our behavior or perspective, we can now get direct access to the subconscious, the place where traumatic memory, suppressed emotion and relational patterns, formed in childhood, reside. Because we can access the source we have a much more powerful and effective tool for real, lasting relief from suffering. We also have a new learning curve. The emerging challenge for therapists is to learn how to be therapeutically helpful within a space that in many ways completely contradicts traditional training. We need to be able to work in non-ordinary states of consciousness, states that follow the rules of the subconscious, which are very different from what we are used to engaging. One of those rules, for example, is intersubjectivity. In altered states we have a more direct effect on, and are effected in turn by, our clients on a subconscious level that insists on being attended to for therapy to be effective.
As an example, our clients may be unearthing primary attachment wounds. If the therapist has not unearthed their own attachment wounds at the subconscious level they will at best lose the opportunity to support the client properly. At worst the therapist will reinforce wounded patterns. It is important, as this field grows, for those practicing this type of therapy to learn the terrain of the subconscious not only theoretically but experientially. Also, therapists need to learn to clear their own wounds so they can properly support clients. In a way psychedelic therapy asks much more from the therapist than before, yet as a reward offers enormous support for true healing to take place.
And because more is asked of the therapist and because what is asked is deep self exploration, we too need support. Finding a community of practitioners dedicated to similar study is invaluable. So we offer this training not just to share what we have learned over the years but also to build community support so we are not alone in what can often be a personally challenging field.
Goals of the Training:
Introduce the innate healing capacities of the subconscious through the framework of mind, body, spirit and relationship (see description below)
Engage with and deepen each participant’s personal healing process in therapeutic dyads using cannabis and ketamine
Discuss and expand on theoretical knowledge as it applies to group members' weekly experiences
Build confidence and mastery in psychedelic therapy
Methods of Instruction:
2 day theoretical overview
8 Weekly therapeutic experientials with instructor and another group member
8 Weekly whole group discussions, sharing experiences and expanding on theory as it applies to those experiences
Spring: April 23rd-24th and runs for 8 weeks
Fall: September 17-18th and runs for 8 weeks
*cost: $2,800 (payment plans available, does not include appt. with ketamine prescriber)
Basic Aspects of the Innate Path Model
Innate Healers - True healing lies within. In contrast to the traditional view that to find healing we must look outside ourselves, psychedelics teach us that we have an inherent longing and ability to heal. Instead of seeing our symptoms as problems, we learn to see them as guides. Turning inward toward our suffering not only shows us the cause, but also brings to light the solution, which when found heals us naturally the way we heal from a cared for wound.
Embodied Mindfulness - As we cultivate a new relationship to our experience, through an embodied awareness, we access these innate healers.
Addressing Dissociation - Dissociation is a powerful defense employed during traumatic events. It allows us to survive overwhelming circumstances by temporarily hiding from us parts of that experience that we could not manage at the time. If these experiences are not re-integrated afterward they stay in our system, cycling, causing symptoms. They often become literal blind spots. This is where the support of an experienced therapist becomes essential. To help us turn toward our 'blind spots' so they can be re-integrated and therefore healed. Dissociation can take place on the mental, emotional, physical, relational and spiritual levels.
Childhood Programming - Humans are children for a very long time in contrast to other animals. That is because it takes many years to learn all that is necessary to become a human adult. If those years are spent in fear, isolation or in ways that do not promote sovereignty or self trust, we experience difficulties in adulthood. Psychedelics give us access to this programming offering us the opportunity for updating on that subconsious level.
Strengthening the Psycho-Spiritual Immune System - Our overall system of innate healers
Body: Resetting the Emotional Body and the Nervous System, Integration and Release
- releasing fear, dissociation and powerlessness held in our muscles and nervous system
- resolving interpersonal defenses to allow the feeling of blocked emotions to arise
- integrating previous overwhelming memories
- revealing underlying ease, alertness and power
Mind: Restoring the Flow Between the Conscious and Subconscious Minds
- building mindfulness of mind, finding the witness, the Self
- understanding and resolving internal conflicts and compulsion in thought
- finding psychological cohesion and congruence
- restoring trust in the mind after trauma
Spirit: Experiencing Connection to Self and Source
- uncovering a lost connection to self and others caused by trauma
- transpersonal experiences revealing a larger reality
- recovering a sense of feeling at home in the universe
Relationship: Healing our Human Wounds and Cultivating Right Relationship
- corrective experiences to heal attachment wounds
- engaging defensive patterns in relationship to self and other
- resolving inner conflicts created by protective or dissociated parts
- relearning right relationship through consent, non-coercion and sovereignty of the Self
Innate Path Community
Innate Path began in 2018 as a psychedelic psychotherapy clinic offering cannabis and ketamine-assisted therapy. Our model focused on accessing the innate healers within the subconscious and the body to heal anxiety, depression and PTSD. We believed to handle the weight of the collective trauma behind our current mental health epidemic we needed to work in community, understand our work through our own healing and continue to expand our model through our ongoing learning.
As a group we met regularly to evolve the clinic model and support each other in our personal work. At the end of 2020 the restrictions of COVID brought an opportunity to review our efforts and we decided that we should shift our focus from direct client care to supporting, supervising and training more practitioners. We all shifted into private practice and began to offer training to the larger psychedelic community to support our mission to make skilled psychedelic therapy available to more people.
Our training team is made up clinicians from the original clinic, and our community page lists practitioners who have trained with us and are part of an ongoing community of supervision and peer support.
The practitioners within the Innate Path community are therapists committed, not only to supporting clients in healing, but are equally dedicated to their own personal work. They train, discuss and experience for themselves the landscape of the subconscious through their own psychedelic psychotherapy sessions. This means they know, through their own experience, the fears, the overwhelm and the blocks their clients run into in the course of healing.
This is not the old medical model of patient-therapist but more a mutual journey of subjective experience. We all walk our own paths and we all need support.
Values held by Innate Path practitioners:
Knowledge through experience
Ongoing learning through community
Please visit our Community page and read each therapist's comments. Contact the therapist that best resonates with you.