You + the substance are where the magic is happening, I'm there to handle the earthly matters.
In a psychedelic context, there are several terms to describe people who support others during altered states of consciousness. This includes sitter, guide, facilitator, shaman, therapist, and healer. Each person who does this work has a different perspective on their role. Some have more of a specific focus (ex. a spiritual journey or psychological healing) but at its core, we are all people who hold space and create an environment optimized for people to gain from altered states of consciousness. Core to my work is the recognition that psychedelic practice is rooted in indigenous culture and inextricably linked to systems like colonialism (to learn more about how I think about psychedelics and indigenous culture, see the FAQ).
I am not a therapist by training, nor am I spiritual guide or shaman. I am someone with a great deal of personal and professional experience with mental health and altered states of consciousness. My greatest source of knowledge in this work is from working extensively for three years with psychedelics (primarily LSD and psilocybin), navigating my own mental health and medication challenges (depression, anxiety, OCD), and supporting friends and loved ones through altered states and mental health crises.
My style as a sitter/guide is not rooted in any particular spiritual or psychological modality. I work with people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds as well as clients who are atheist or agnostic. While I have my own beliefs, I am more interested in learning about yours, as that will better enable me to support your experience.
Unless you request a more active presence, as a guide and sitter I am mostly hands-off. I'm there if you'd like to engage but there's no pressure to do so. You + the substance are where the magic is happening, I'm there to handle the earthly matters while you create, heal, and perhaps stumble upon some of the deepest revelations of your life.
I provide an environment that helps you delve completely into the experience. I provide everything from snacks to blankets to soothing scents to creative supplies. You shouldn't have to think or worry about anything other than surrendering to the experience. Psilocybin helps re-connect people with their own intuition and clarity. People often say that they encounter and feel guided by their "higher" or truest selves. You are your own guide, I'm there to keep an eye on your safety and comfort and help things flow if you get stuck. So if I see a way your experience could be enhanced or more comfortable, I may make a suggestion.
In guided experiences, I help you set intentions and prepare for the experience. When you're exploring psychedelics, physical reality can get put on the back burner so it's good to have someone on this plane who ensures that you stay as safe as possible and provide food and water throughout the experience. (As someone who guides myself through solo psychedelic experiences regularly, I love to cook fresh, delicious, flavorful, vegan food for myself before I take psychedelics and then leave the food in a place where I will discover it just when I remember I am hungry).
I may also take on more cosmic duties during the experience, like helping ground you if you get a bit lost while exploring other realms of consciousness. But my role is generally non-intervenionist and I try to make sure my presence is minimal.
To set-up an initial chat about working together, fill out the intake form here.