Ablaze with neon lights and classic cars, palm trees and sunshine, Miami, Florida is seeing a resurgence of psychedelic interest with more access to psychedelic therapy than city residents might believe.
During the ‘60s peace movement, this Florida city saw a booming hippie culture, with flower children gathered at hotspots like Thee Image– a venue that hosted psychedelic rock bands like the Grateful Dead and the Doors.
Today, psychedelic culture is seeing a massive upswing in Miami. We’ve discussed current legislation and legal options regarding psilocybin and psychedelic-assisted therapy in Florida. In this article, the city of Miami takes the stage.
We’ll explore how Miami locals can find legal, therapeutic psychedelic experiences near them, right now. Finding the right psychedelic guide means connecting with a professional who offers the skills and expertise to effectively support all stages of your psychedelic healing experience.
Thus, we’ll help you identify the most important things to look out for when vetting potential psychedelic guides. What’s the difference between a therapist, facilitator and guide? Do you really need their assistance? Let’s find out!
The Difference Between a Psychedelic Therapist, Guide, & Facilitator
A psychedelic therapist is a licensed therapist who facilitates psychedelic experiences. Unfortunately, Florida hasn’t yet decriminalized psychedelics, so the odds of finding a licensed therapist willing to take the legal risk of facilitating your journey, are quite slim.
Don’t fret though, because psychedelic facilitators and guides have stepped in to bridge the gap in support psychedelic care, as we await legislation to catch up to our ever-evolving society.
The terms “facilitator” and “guide” are virtually interchangeable and using one or the other is typically a matter of preference. The big difference to note here is that a psychedelic therapist will always have mental health licensure, while a facilitator or guide’s expertise comes from years of personal psychedelic use and facilitation.
What Qualifies a Psychedelic Therapist?
We’ve already composed a complete guide on what to look for in a psychedelic therapist, but let’s review the most important points. Whether you’re dealing with a psychedelic therapist, facilitator, or guide, a qualified professional will assist in preparation, integration, and will be present during your psychedelic experience.
A psychedelic guide/facilitator will have plenty of first-hand experience with psychedelics. A qualified guide is an experienced psychedelic journeyer who uses their experiential knowledge to ensure your safety, well being, and therapeutic success.
Your psychedelic guide should have a healing philosophy that aligns with your own. Having a conversation to better understand their philosophy is key in finding the right person for the job. Don’t be afraid to ask about their specializations, their level of involvement throughout the process, and even why they chose this line of work.
Qualified psychedelic facilitators recognize that you are your own healer. An experienced guide will never interfere with the organic relationship between you and the psychedelic medicine. They understand that attempts to sway the direction will only cause internal resistance within the journeyer.
Unlike talk therapy, some clients prefer to remain silent, having their trip be completely internal. Others may process their mental events by verbalizing them. Psychedelic journeys are different for everyone, and your guide will adapt to fit your needs.
For a psychedelic guide to be qualified, they should have facilitated a good number of ceremonies. Thus, you should ask potential guides for client testimonials to better understand the quality of their services and their rapport with clients.
Your first meeting with a potential guide is one of the best times to assess if they’re a right fit. How does their presence make you feel? It’s important to connect with a psychedelic professional that facilitates your comfort in expressing vulnerability.
When vetting a potential guide, don’t ignore doubts or “bad vibes”. There is nothing wrong with being incompatible with someone. There also doesn’t have to be anything explicitly wrong with a guide in order to begin exploring other options.
Is it Really Necessary to Hire a Psychedelic Guide?
As we always emphasize, you are the catalyst for your personal growth, so it’s not absolutely necessary to hire a psychedelic guide in order to have a therapeutic psychedelic experience.
You may be inclined to have a close friend or family member tripsit you. A psychedelic journey is an intimate, inward journey, and the presence of someone you personally know may hinder your ability to completely surrender.
Thus, it’s typically not recommended to have a friend facilitate your experience, especially if you’re a first time journeyer or if you’re aiming to address deep-seated issues. Many people choose to embark on psychedelic experience to address issues surrounding depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This is where the utility of a trained professional really comes into play.
A psychedelic guide understands the depth of these emotional states. They’re experienced in safety protocols, and have the tools to help you prepare and integrate your psychedelic journey into your everyday life. So, while it is not necessary to have a psychedelic guide present for your journey, it is the safest, most supported option. This is especially true for trips involving significant intentions.
Where to Find Legal Psychedelic Experiences in Miami
Right now, there are two options for those who want to embark on a therapeutic psychedelic journey: ketamine clinics and guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage.
1. Ketamine Clinics
Ketamine is not a traditional psychedelic and its original use in the ‘60s was as an anesthetic drug in hospital operating rooms. Recently, the FDA approved ketamine for “off-label” use as a therapeutic drug.
Many people have found relief from treatment-resistant depression with ketamine-infusion therapy, but it is important to note that nearly 50 percent of clients approach Psychedelic Passage due to failed ketamine therapy or short-lasting benefits. That is not to say that ketamine is ineffective.
Dissociatives cause out-of-body experiences that can be beneficial for viewing ourselves in a more objective and empathetic perspective. However, the short-lasting effects of ketamine are due to the varied levels of therapeutic support offered in ketamine clinics. If you’re seeking to find a ketamine clinic, make sure you receive adequate preparation and integration support.
2. Guided Psychedelic Journeys with Psychedelic Passage
Here at Psychedelic Passage, we’ve made it our mission to build a pre-vetted network of psychedelic facilitators who have the ability to hold a completely safe and conscious space for your journey from the comfort of your own home .
Our 5 week program includes preparation, integration and in-person ceremonial support. It’s designed to be fully tailored to your needs and intentions. As our client, you have complete control over the substance you choose, as you should in all psychedelic healing settings.
Equal access is a priority for us, which is why we have income-based pricing as well as a BIPOC and low-income fund. We believe everyone should have access to these powerful, life-changing, ancient medicines.
Find Your Next Psychedelic Journey in Any Major Miami Area
- Bal Harbour
- South Beach
- Downtown Miami
- Coral Gables
- Little Haiti
- Coconut Grove
- South Dade
- Miami Gardens
- Key Biscayne
Explore How it Feels to be Connected
Psychedelic medicine can feel novel and exciting, even though it has been around for centuries. After a long prohibition, it may be intimidating to step into these modernized models of healing. We’re here to simplify that process for you. If you’re interested in embarking on a therapeutic psychedelic journey, we encourage you to book a consultation with us.
As we move through the second psychedelic revolution in the United States, destigmatizing therapeutic use of these substances involves widespread access to educational resources. Thus, if you’d like to learn more about all-things-psychedelic, check out our resources page for more information. As always, safe and mindful journeying friends!