Staying Grounded 


Are you considering taking a hallucinogenic? Have you taken one and need assistance processing the experience? The resurgence of classical psychedelics such as LSD or Psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) has recently been making headlines as a tool for self-discovery and those facing addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental ailments. Other plant based psychoactive medicines such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, peyote and others have also been made popular through religious organizations, Amazonian retreats and underground ceremonies all over the country.


There's a lot of new research coming out that supports how some of these medicines can be incredibly beneficial under the right conditions and set setting. Many of the experiences can be profound and deeply meaningful. Psychedelics often provide alternative perspective, insight, empathy and a deep sense of oneness. However, while many of these substances can be life changing, they are not always for the better. Some users report depersonalization, increased anxiety and paranoia months after their experience. Shamans, Neo-Shamans and spiritual leaders are often facilitating group without the proper individual post processing support that is often required for integration to happen. The integration process is the most important part after having one of these powerful non-ordinary states of consciousness experiences in order to truly heal, evolve, and create your life. 


While we're not here to discredit some of their methods, it is important to note that each individual seeking the therapeutic benefit of a hallucinogenic is uniquely different. Anyone who has gone to therapy, knows that a $20 self-help book cannot solve their problems. Similarly, a pill, root or mushroom will not solve anything without a long-term commitment to the psyche-therapeutic process. Therapy in general requires the user to not just gain insight, but work constructively on the practice of questioning, self challenge and alternative ways of thought that are specific to each individual's story.

Carolina's Integration therapy tools and techniques helps the individual process their powerful non-ordinary states of consciousness experiences. Carolina believes that although these medicinal plants are tools to open the individual up, what we do with the experience is crucial to our healing. We lose sight of our goal which is WHOLENESS. She invites her clients to use their powerful non-ordinary experiences to heal themselves while coming into wholeness: meaning that you have connected with yourself and everything you need within. Carolina teaches her client's to tap into that ultimate source within yourself without continuing to need anything external. This is freedom. When you come into wholeness you start creating your life with your own inner magic and find life can become truly magical. 

We've heard of spiritual groups holding weekly sessions for users claiming that this is the path to spiritual growth or that they will help clear all your problems. While most of these substances are non-addictive, it is important to note that taking a medicine (prozac, marijuana, alcohol, ayahuasca, etc) or engaging in a repeated behavior (excessive tv, phone, porn, etc) whether daily, or weekly can be a band-Aid, avoidance or a way of spiritual by-passing. 


These substances can be incredibly opening and meaningful. Often the insight alone could help users temporarily stop drinking, alter their eating habits, connect to love, find meaning behind their work, etc. However, it's the same reason most diet fads fail. There is no magic pill that will keep the weight off. Having a tool is not a substitute for the work that a user must commit to. 

With this understanding, we encourage users take caution and navigate responsibly. Carolina is incredibly experienced in the substances and the experiences that users may have. She provides numerous modalities to assist clients to integrate process. Carolina is not an administrator for any of these substances. It is important to note that most of these substances are listed as Schedule 1 Drugs by the U.S. Federal Government, meaning that they are classified as highly addictive, illegal and of no medical value. With that said, there is a lot of data coming from users, therapist, psychiatrist, scientists, doctors and many top university studies claiming that these empatheogens and psychoactive substances can greatly benefit users even through a single experience.  



Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.



The resurgence of classical psychedelics such as LSD or Psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) has recently been making the headlines as an tool for self discovery and those facing addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental ailments.  Other plant based psychoactive medicines such as ayahuasca, peyote and others have also been active through religious organizations, exotic jungle retreats and via underground ceremonies all over the country. There's a lot of new research coming out that supports how some of these medicines meaning behind life, the messages, your spirituality and During the 1950’s and 60’s, hallucinogenic substances such as Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms), mescaline (the active ingredient in peyote cactus) as well other psychedelic drugs became popularized in both western culture and psychiatric fields. Since the discovery of LSD in 1938 by Albert Hoffman, researchers have had a long bout understanding the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, while navigating through regulation (Petechuk, 2004). The 1965 Drug Abuse Control amendments eventually led their ban in 1970 under the Controlled Substance Act. Several institutes, including the National Institute of Mental Health ceased funding for testing and research on humans in 1974. 40 years later, under strict guidelines, controlled research was reinstated. Since its reemergence, researchers have been finding unprecedented results in some of these substances to treat depression, PTSD, addiction, cluster headaches and reduce terminal illness anxiety. They have also allowed users to access past memories, view other perspectives and become more open to spirituality and the human experience.  


Although some cultures have been using psychoactive substances for millennia, western science began discovering it’s mind-viewing effects in the 1930’s.  Early research concentrated on the developing model of psychoses and accessing the “subconscious mind.” (Hart/Ksir, 2015). Further testing included administration to unsuspecting members of the military to see if perhaps these drugs could be used for mind-control. In the 1960’s, the U.S. faced a counter-culture where users were protesting the Vietnam war and societal structures that undermined the governmental agendas. Area hospitals also saw an increase of nearly 15%, concluding that these substances were making people psychotic. Coupled with the stigma of abuse, lack of understanding and increased pressure, research stopped. Advocates such as Harvard Professor Timothy Leary became a voice for the movement to protect the research and its use, but came into question when his research methods were criticized and found to be scientifically unsound. His approach to support anti-government demonstrations and bring on the often misunderstood “Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out” message, further created distance between research, government and the public. 


The use of psychedelics subsequently went underground, with intellects such as Terrance Mckenna and spiritual leaders like Ram Dass continued to share and eloquently communicate experiences and interpersonal growth that some of these substances brought them. In 2010, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), surveyed 57,873 randomly selected Americans and found that 32 Million or 17% of the US population had tried psychedelic drugs.


Four decades after studies stopped, limited and very controlled research once again began to test the use of the these drugs. Today, research is now being conducted in universities across the country and now include other entheogens including MDMA, DMT and 2C-B. Primarily research is being conducted under drug-assisted psychotherapy to help clients cope and heal from a multitude of conditions and disorders. Additional research is now also helping scientists understand neurobiology, psychopharmacology and its future implications in psychotherapy.  

Carolina is skilled at processing the mental shift in perception after hallucinogenic use but she does NOT administer, provide, or distribute such substances. 

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
 If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.


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