A Guide to the Various Types of Psilocybin Facilitators

Psilocybin can produce profound changes in perception, mood, and cognition, which can facilitate wellness and transformation. This blog post will explore the different types of psilocybin facilitators and how they can help you achieve your goals. ¹²

There are different types of psilocybin facilitators depending on their training, approach, and setting. Some of the most common types are:

– Psychiatrists or psychotherapists who are licensed and trained to provide psilocybin-assisted therapy in a clinical setting. They can prescribe psilocybin and monitor its effects on your physical and mental health. They can also provide psychological support before, during, and after the session. They may use various therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, or existential therapy to help you process your experience and integrate it into your life. ³⁴

– Psychedelic facilitators or guides are trained to provide facilitation in a service center, private practice, or retreat. In Oregon’s regulated access model, facilitators cannot prescribe psilocybin but can administer it under supervision. In Colorado, Proposition 122 decriminalized the facilitation by individuals who are not licensed by the state, as long as they do not sell any substances. Facilitators provide emotional support and guidance during the session. They use a non-directive approach that allows you to explore your own inner world without interference. They may also help you prepare for the session and follow up with you afterwards. ⁵ 

– A psychedelic educator is a person who provides information and guidance on the safe and responsible use of psychedelics for personal growth, spiritual exploration, or healing purposes. A psychedelic educator may or may not be a licensed mental health professional, but they usually have some training or experience in working with psychedelics. A psychedelic educator may work with clients who are interested in learning more about psychedelics, preparing for a psychedelic journey, or integrating their psychedelic experiences. A psychedelic educator may also teach courses or workshops on various aspects of psychedelic science, history, culture, or practice.

– A trip sitter is a sober person who accompanies one or more people going through a psychedelic experience. Their role is to provide a calm and supportive presence and protect participants from potential dangers or medical emergencies should they arise. They serve as the link to reality. A trip sitter may or may not have any formal training or experience in working with psychedelics, but they usually have some basic knowledge and skills to help the tripper have a safe and positive experience. A trip sitter may also help the tripper prepare for and integrate their psychedelic journey.

– Shamanic practitioners who are experienced and trained in using psilocybin as a sacrament in a spiritual or ceremonial context. They may use rituals, music, chants, or prayers to create a sacred space for your journey. They can also help you connect with your higher self, your ancestors, or other spiritual entities. They may also offer healing practices such as energy work, cleansing, or blessing.  

– Curandero/a: A healer who uses natural remedies, including psychedelics such as ayahuasca or San Pedro cactus, to treat physical and spiritual ailments. Curanderos/as may also incorporate elements of Catholicism, Indigenous beliefs, and folk magic into their practices.

– Ayahuasquero/a: A specialist who prepares and administers ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew made from plants native to the Amazon basin. Ayahuasqueros/as may also sing icaros (healing songs) and perform other rituals during the ayahuasca ceremony.

– Ibogaine provider: A person who offers ibogaine, a psychedelic substance derived from the Tabernanthe iboga plant, to people who seek to overcome addiction, trauma, or other psychological issues. Ibogaine providers may follow the traditional Bwiti ceremony of Central West Africa, or adapt it to a more clinical or secular setting.

– Psychedelic chaplain: A person who provides spiritual care and guidance to people who are preparing for, undergoing, or integrating psychedelic experiences. Psychedelic chaplains may or may not be affiliated with a specific religious tradition, but they usually have some training or experience in working with psychedelics and spirituality.

Each type of facilitators has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs, preferences, and expectations. The best way to choose a suitable facilitator is to do your research, ask questions, and trust your intuition. You should also consider the legal status of psilocybin in your area and the risks and benefits.

Psilocybin facilitation is a promising and emerging field that can offer you new insights, perspectives, and possibilities for your mental health and well-being. If you are interested in trying it, I encourage you to find a qualified and reputable facilitator who can guide you safely and effectively through this transformative process.


¹: https://www.behold-retreats.com/post/psilocybin-therapy

²: https://www.mydenvertherapy.com/psilocybin-assisted-therapy/

³: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-psilocybin-therapy-5235610

⁴: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/psilocybin

⁵: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/Pages/Psilocybin-License-Facilitator.aspx

Published by Ashley Ryan, M.S.

Ashley is an educator and coach who earned her M.S. from Colorado State University.

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