Jerome Braun

Emotion and Psychedelic Treatment & Integration from a Jungian Perspective

Jungian psychology offers an invaluable map to understanding prima materia of the psyche that invariably appears in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This raw psychic material can guide both the analysand and analyst toward emotional healing and wholeness. Currently, psychedelic research has shown astounding results in ameliorating emotional distress due to severe depression, end-of-life anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinical studies often employ therapeutic interventions that are not depth oriented, e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychological material that surfaces in psychedelic sessions is replete with symbolic and archetypal material but often overlooked in clinical trials. This presentation will focus on psychedelic integration, including concepts on shadow and archetypes, as well as the analyst’s role, while expounding on relevant Jungian concepts

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In 2016, people began calling my private practice in search of psychotherapy to understand the symbolic material that arose during their psychedelic journeys. Moreover, clients in my practice would undergo psychedelic experiences either in countries where psychedelics are legal and integral to Indigenous cultures, or they would participate in local underground healing circles. To my astonishment, these clients’ psychological recovery was rapid and sustained. Witnessing these clients’ profound recovery, I began researching psychedelic treatments and integration. Publications on psychedelic psychotherapy and Jungian psychology focus mostly on concepts about shadow and archetypes. In my clinical experience, these are important aspects of psychedelic integration for healing entrenched emotional states; however, Jungian concepts offer exceptionally more.

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