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Ryan Westrum

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PT232 - Dr. Ryan Westrum - Who We Are Without Medicine

Psychedelics Today

In this episode, Kyle interviews clinical psychologist focusing on sexual trauma, health, and identity, and author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook, Dr. Ryan Westrum. Westrums' biggest focus and conversation with clients right now in our age of Covid concerns who we are without medicine- how we fill the liminal states between our sessions or rituals. He talks a lot about the work people can do on their own now: learning to listen to our inner healers, honing and sharpening what we already know, stretching ourselves, listening to the different parts of our intuition (our physical bodies, emotional hearts, and cognitive thinking) and realigning when one is out of sync, and maybe the most important lesson: embracing the idea that self-work doesn't have to be built on trials and tribulations, and often, challenging ourselves to use our hands and practicing something we know we're good at or getting back into a long-forgotten hobby can be just as effective towards growth and feeling better about ourselves.  He also talks about solitude, how to use technology the right way and not fall into false engagement, what safety means to people in today's climate, the importance of tethering yourself to trustworthy allies, how psychedelics and his work with sexuality converge, and how to embrace the wonder and beauty of what we discover through psychedelics in everyday life. Notable Quotes “We have to consciously watch what we’re consuming, being prudently aware of this mindful consumption rather than this inappropriate consuming of information when we don’t even know why we just touched our phone or why we just engaged in learning more. Without sounding blasphemous (because I love the internet), what’s it for? What are we doing it for? ...How often are you getting lost in people you don’t even know? And how often are you reaching out to people that could actually be there for you? And it leads to psychedelic medicine work- are you leaning on the people that could actually support you?”  “What is the higher level of intention we’re living? If we are going to take the challenge to dive into medicine work by ourselves, we should still be constructing something that’s higher level, and to speak volumes of motivating the purpose of why we’re doing it. If you’re just doing it to do it because you think that’s the next thing, I’d ask you: what are you doing in your life away from the medicine?”  “Some of the most amazing transcendences are personal, and without being disrespectful to the medicine, do we need it to evoke that? Is that a state of being that we can find within ourselves through evocative breathing, through a great song, sexual pleasure with your partner, whatever? There’s other avenues. That’s what that leads me to, is the plethora of opportunity outside of taking psilocybin or doing an ayahuasca ceremony- [the] plethora of experiential experiences that are very evocative towards healing.”“Without going into hours of conversation, even in couples, people are unaware of what they can share, unaware of entering into what they want to ask for. And that’s where the intersection of psychedelics happens, is it gives them this embodied expression of: ‘This is genuinely who I am, sexually, emotionally, spiritually,’ and it’s quite beautiful.” Links Healingsoulsllc.com The Psychedelics Integration Handbook, by Ph.D. Ryan Westrum His last appearance on the podcast Thelightphone.com About Dr. Ryan Westrum Support the show Patreon Leave us a review on Facebook or iTunes Share us with your friends Join our Facebook group - Psychedelics Today group – Find the others and create community. Navigating Psychedelics

1hr 6mins

23 Feb 2021

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MPP66 Psychedelic Integration & Harm Reduction with Dr. Ryan Westrum

Medicine Path with Brian James

Dr. Ryan Westrum PhD is a nationally recognized psychedelic integration expert.For more than 15 years, his primary focus has been working with individuals and groups facilitating experiential therapy and integrating psychedelic journeys into healing and personal transformation.Ryan is a registered integration therapist for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and is the co-author of the book The Psychedelics Integration Handbook.Show Links: https://www.healingsoulsllc.com https://www.psychedelicintegration.netSupport the Podcast: Patreon: http://patreon.com/medicinepath Books: http://brianjames.ca Yoga Courses: https://vimeo.com/brianjamesyoga/vod_pagesUse code MEDICINEPATH or link below for 15% off the Shamanic Yoga series: https://vimeo.com/r/334h/MFJHQkFEVk

1hr 31mins

10 Feb 2021

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Working with an Integration Coach with Dr. Ryan Westrum

Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski

In this episode of the Plant Medicine Podcast, Ryan Westrum returns to discuss the finer details of psychedelic integration. Ryan is a trained psychotherapist with a Doctorate of Transpersonal Clinical Psychology from Sofia University and an M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler Graduate School. He is also the founder of Healing Souls LLC and a registered integration therapist for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, as well as the author of the Psychedelics Integration Handbook. Drawing on his 15 years of experience as a mental health practitioner, Ryan approaches integration with an intimate knowledge of human psychology, drawing on multiple modalities to best facilitate integration for his clients. In this conversation, Ryan talks about various roadblocks to successful integration and how these can be overcome, especially with the help of an integration coach. He emphasizes the importance of making the psychedelic experience one’s own as a central project in integration, explaining how this is essential for allowing new self-understandings to emerge.   Ryan also discusses various practices he encourages as an integration coach, such as journaling, drawing mandalas, and movement practices, mentioning how these can all help better incorporate the work of integration into one’s life rather than keeping it an isolated project. Here again, Ryan emphasizes the importance of individual psychology and encourages people to choose practices that resonate and spur new insight.   As a practicing therapist, Ryan also shares his thoughts on the distinction between psychedelic integration and therapy, noting how this boundary is often blurry. What Ryan stresses for both paradigms, however, is the interpersonal character of healing and growth. With the help of a skilled integration coach, the work of living out one's psychedelic insights and making lasting changes becomes all the more approachable. In This Episode: The purpose and value of an integration coach How to make psychedelic experiences tangible How to start the integration process Different practices to help spur integration The relationship between therapy and integration Quotes: “Integration to me is the act of taking one thing and another and finding wholeness or links to wholeness.” [4:55] “[Integration] is reconciling past memories and incrementally getting prepared for future stories.” [14:22] “Integration exercises can also challenge you to see what you’re afraid of, what you’re not ready to look at, what potentially are growth points.” [18:27] “I would never encourage anyone, no matter how many sessions you’ve sat or how many ceremonies or how many cups of tea you’ve drank, to do this on your own. There’s a benefit in community.” [23:33] “There needs to be a purpose-driven motivation for this work. Just because it’s being talked about in corners, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for everybody.” [31:30] Links: Ryan’s Website Psychedelic Integration Website The Psychedelics Integration Handbook Psychedelic Medicine Association Get 20% off everything at Octagon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine' Porangui

34mins

21 Oct 2020

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015 Healing Souls w/ Dr. Ryan Westrum PhD

Psychedelicast

In episode 015 Psychedelicast welcomes Dr. Ryan Westrum, co-author of "The Psychedelics Integration Handbook" to the show! Dr. Westrum offers an integrated approach to psychotherapy focusing on the unique interests of each person. He is dedicated to helping individuals discover new solutions and perspectives to difficult life challenges and their true potential. He also specializes in assisting couples develop more effective ways of developing and enriching communication and intimacy. Dr. Westrum utilizes a transpersonal lens of focus that explores both traditional talk therapy and experiential exercises.

1hr

15 Jun 2020

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008 Dr. Ryan Westrum, Psychedelic Integration Therapist

The Psychedelic Suitcase

Our guest is Dr. Ryan Westrum, we discuss Integration therapy and his book The Psychedelic Integration Handbook. To find out more about Ryan check out www.psychedelicintegration.net and www.healingsoulsllc.com. Thank you for listening and if you want to support the show please review and subscribe wherever you listen to the podcast. Thanks again and safe travels.www.thepsychedelicsuitcase.comhttps://www.facebook.com/thepsychedelicsuitcase/https://www.instagram.com/psychedelic_suitcasehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy-BQsiDKtB0HdrnulnNVZwEmail: thepsychedelicsuitcase@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TPSpodcast)

36mins

24 Mar 2020

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Dr. Ryan Westrum - The Psychedelics Integration Handbook

Psychedelics Today

In this episode, Kyle sits down with Dr. Ryan Westrum, Psychedelic Integration Therapist. In the show, they talk about topics and teachings from Ryan’s book, The Psychedelic Integration Handbook. 3 Key Points: The Psychedelics Integration Handbook is designed to bring psychedelic experiences into the flow of your life and maximize their potential for helping you create the life you want to live. There is an important part in distinguishing integration from aftercare. Aftercare can look as simple as taking care of your body, getting good rest, eating well. You can't integrate without taking care of yourself first. One of the pillars of integration is PREP (purpose, reflecting on experiences, expectations, potential). Support the show Patreon Leave us a review on iTunes Share us with your friends – favorite podcast, etc Join our Facebook group - Psychedelics Today group – Find the others and create community. Navigating Psychedelics Show Notes About Ryan Ryan is a Clinical Psychologist in the Minneapolis area He has been a licensed Marriage Therapist for 15 years He works in the realms of psychedelics and sexuality He has a 14 year old daughter, and likes to take a psychedelic approach to parenting He holds healing circles with mothers and fathers and their child(ren) Psycho-ed and harm reduction are his focus with families This is a group of people that need an honest conversation At a young age he was into Stan Grof and Jungian literature and psychedelic experiences His graduate program was focused on non-ordinary states of consciousness Kyle mentions a good book, The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise “As a western civilization, we have really minimized the opportunity for growth, the expansion of consciousness, and to be ourselves.” - Ryan These experiences are powerful, and to come back to a culture that does not support it, is hard The goal is being conscious with your confidence of why you're doing this work About the Book The Psychedelics Integration Handbook is designed to bring psychedelic experiences into the flow of your life and maximize their potential for helping you create the life you want to live This is not a book with black and white answers but an offering to individual people who want to explore all the possibilities for being alive and seeking wholeness. The Psychedelics Integration Handbook contains historical perspective, maps of consciousness, approaches for integrating body-mind-spirit, and practical suggestions for all stages of psychedelic exploration. The Psychedelics Integration Handbook The book was written for people to make it their own Its broken into 3 parts, educational, a ‘your turn’ section, and then integration Its about having a compartment, and then playing within the compartment Everyone has unique nuances, integration looks different to everyone Integration practices don't matter if they don't personally mean something to you Integration The question to help determine the integration needs is, "What does the individual lead with?" It's the mind, body, emotion in the spirit altogether Immediately after a psychedelic experience, some want to talk about it, others embody it Do they lead with thoughts or emotions? There is a part in the book: The difference between integration and aftercare How do we distinguish between self care and integration? Is my body rested? Am I comfortable? Are my needs taken care of? Aftercare is grounding “If you're not taking care of your body, you won't be able to integrate” - Ryan It might not be as complex as it needs to be, its as simple as taking care of yourself An important part of aftercare, is asking yourself when it is okay to practice again Ryan was mentored by James Fadiman, and he believed in taking big doses every 6 months One of the pillars is PREP (purpose, reflecting on experiences, expectations, potential) Ryan says he is not the gatekeeper Controlling willpower is a huge step in integration Some people want to just take psychedelics, but not write, or do yoga, or do any other mindful activity Safety Dose, set and setting are the obvious It's like a goldrush, some just want to jump in blindly You have to understand what safety means to you Ryan thinks we aren't talking enough about the recreational use He is excited about all of the conversation on therapeutic use, but he thinks we are ignoring recreational use He wants to see ritual and reverence in the recreational community Preparation is so important Kyle says that a lot of times after an experience he has all of these ideas for how to live his life, and he tries to practice them, but sometimes he finds himself slipping into old patterns of behavior Ryan says he believes there is still movement and progress, be gentle with yourself Links Healing Souls LLC Psychedelic Integration About Ryan Dr. Ryan Westrum, PhD, LMFT, is an internationally recognized psychedelic integration expert. For more than 15 years, his primary focus has been working with individuals and groups facilitating experiential therapy and integrating psychedelic journeys into healing and personal transformation. Ryan speaks on a myriad of topics and leads experiential groups, like dreamwork integration therapy and psychedelic integration groups. Get a 30 day free audible trial at audibletrial.com/psychedelicstoday

1hr 18mins

24 Mar 2020

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Dr. Ryan Westrum: Psychedelic Integration

Mikeadelic

LISTEN: APPLE  | SPOTIFY | STITCHER | YOUTUBE If You Enjoy This Show Please Subscribe and Give Us a 5-Star Rating ★★★★★ and Review on Apple Podcasts | Donate On Patreon or PayPal Dr. Ryan Westrum, PhD, MA. is a nationally recognized psychedelic integration expert.  For more than 15 years, his primary focus has been working with individuals and groups facilitating experiential therapy and integrating psychedelic journeys into healing and personal transformation.  Ryan speaks on myriad of topics and leads experiential groups, like dreamwork integration therapy and psychedelic integration groups.  The founder of healingsoulsllc.com and psychedelicintegration.net; Ryan offers a multitude of models ranging from hypnosis to various forms of breathwork practices to engage in therapy and working towards wholeness within oneself. Ryan is a registered integration therapist for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), as well as the co-author of the book The Psychedelics Integration Handbook. * Conversation starts at 17:01 * Connect With Ryan: Website: http://bit.ly/393fUSc Instagram: http://bit.ly/2v0Oa1X Healing Souls: http://bit.ly/36WfUSD Get The Psychedelic Integration handbook: http://bit.ly/36Qq6fb Connect With Mike: Website: https://bit.ly/2GqH7kX Email/ContactMe: https://bit.ly/2Dsv2v4 Facebook: https://bit.ly/2XCchg7 Instagram: https://bit.ly/2Pqc50B Twitter: https://bit.ly/2IwIhik Donate On Patreon or PayPal Listen Everywhere: Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Vf2RKf Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2W8w72c GooglePlay: https://bit.ly/2PlJiKG Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2DrRnc6 YouTube: https://bit.ly/2IzMz8I Also Available on Podbean, Speaker, Breaker, Tunein, Castro, I heart radio, Overcast, Soundcloud and everywhere podcasts are found  Subscribe to the Inner Sanctum Monthly Newsletter  https://bit.ly/2GqH7kX Thank You Intro Music Provided by Danny Barnett & Galaxia: https://bit.ly/2XB3sDr Thanks to Brew Dr. Kombucha  Sponsored By: Hemp Bombs High Potency CBD Products enter code Mike15 at checkout for 15% off https://bit.ly/2Gr68MT  If You Enjoy This Show Please Subscribe and Give Us a 5-Star Rating ★★★★★ and Review on Apple Podcasts | Donate On Patreon or PayPal

1hr 46mins

3 Feb 2020

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BONUS Episode: Integration 101 with Dr. Ryan Westrum

Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski

In today’s special bonus episode, we’re discussing integration with Dr. Ryan Westrum. Many guests on this show talk about the importance of integration as part of a psychedelic journey. However, integration is not always understood for what it is. As you’ll hear, it can serve as important scaffolding for a psychedelic experience, making it more meaningful than it might be otherwise. Dr. Westrum is the co-author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook and an internationally recognized psychedelic integration expert. For more than fifteen years, his primary focus has been working with individuals and groups to facilitate experiential therapy and integrate psychedelic journies into healing and personal transformation. In this conversation, Dr. Westrum explains exactly what an integration therapist is. Simply put, they help prepare the patient for the psychedelic experience and assist in processing it afterward. What they do not do is actually administer the drug itself. In this role, what an integration therapist does can actually vary greatly. Whether they’re doing dream-work, CBT therapy, or even yoga, the integration therapist provides a degree of support and interpretation to make the experience more effective and meaningful.   In this episode: What integration is and what an integration therapist does How an integration therapist helps tailor a specific experience to a particular patient’s needs Some of the factors that contribute to psychedelic experiences Some integration exercises that help make meaning of a psychedelic experience The importance of intention setting and mindset in a psychedelic journey Considerations for group versus individual experiences   Quotes: “We’re not trying to put a square peg in a circular hole. We’re trying to individualize it.” [6:30] “Psychadelic experiences can bring out a tremendous amount of information that we’re not necessarily aware of. So any preparation is going to support that.” [9:14] “All experiences are challenging; they’re not bad. But if you invite yourself to compare and do the appropriate preparation within integration, you’re going to get something fruitful out of it.” [22:53]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ The Psychedelics Integration Handbook Psychedelic Integration Healing Souls Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui

41mins

27 Nov 2019

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Dr. Ryan Westrum

The Myths That Make Us

Dr. Ryan Westrum, PhD, MA. is a nationally recognized psychedelic integration expert. For more than 15 years, his primary focus has been working with individuals and groups facilitating experiential therapy and integrating psychedelic journeys into healing and personal transformation. Ryan speaks on myriad of topics and leads experiential groups, like dreamwork integration therapy and psychedelic integration groups. The founder of healingsoulsllc.com and psychedelicintegration.net; Ryan offers a multitude of models ranging from hypnosis to various forms of breathwork practices to engage in therapy and working towards wholeness within oneself. Ryan is a registered integration therapist for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), as well as the co-author of the book The Psychedelics Integration Handbook.

1hr 9mins

7 Nov 2019

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Episode 37: Dr. Ryan Westrum

Psychotropic: Where Life and Drugs Intersect

In this episode of Psychotropic we hear from, Dr. Ryan Westrum. Dr. Westrum is a Psychedelic Integration Therapist as well as the co-author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook. If you’re interested in the path that leads to such an amazing career, and want to know a little bit about what it entails, this is the episode for you. To learn more about Dr. Westrum and his book, check out psychedelicintegration.net. Drugs Mentioned: Psilocybin, Cocaine, opiates, Alcohol, MDMA Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Breathing Out” by Mid-Air Machine, and “Enthusiast” by Tours

1hr 7mins

8 Oct 2019

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