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Overview of Psychedelic Therapy, Psychotherapy & Guiding Services

We are a full service Psychedelic Therapy & Training Center with medical oversight, psychotherapy, spiritual counseling, and professional mentorship services. We’ve worked with Psychedelic Cannabis, Ketamine for many years now, inadvertently becoming the first legal psychedelic plant medicine center in the United States. We are grateful to be stewards of Psilocybin Mushroom support services and Natural N,N-DMT support services under the Natural Medicine Health Act. 

So what can you expect if you work with us? How do you get started? What does onboarding look like? How do you get to the psychedelic experiences? How do you land? We are highly trained psychedelic professionals here to support you in your transformational psychedelic experiences, from preparation and guiding through integration and beyond.

Our services and our fees are included on our website for informed consent purposes. You can learn all about our process here and review before contacting us, or just contact us through our initial inquiry form if you’re ready to begin and we’ll walk you through the process. 

Please visit our specialties page for additional information about the psychedelic medicines we work with, our services and specializations, and visit our practitioners page to learn more about our practitioners.

STEP 1 - INITIAL INQUIRY & FREE CONSULTATION

Your first step is to fill out our Initial Inquiry Form to let us know a little about your interests and intentions. We would love to hear from you and our staff can answer any questions you may have. 

After you submit the inquiry form, you can schedule a free 20 minute call with our Intake Coordinator to discuss our services and to begin the matching process with one of our practitioners. The purpose of this call is to learn more about you, answer questions about our service options, and refer you to a practitioner who best fits your goals and interests.

Akin to working with a psychotherapist, it is easy to start working with us and requires a minimal investment to begin seeing one of our practitioners. 

We’ll send you our intake form and disclosure statement through our HIPAA compliant client portal as part of our onboarding process and these should be filled out before your first session.

You and you practitioner can also discuss general pricing for our primary psychedelic intensives so you can make an informed decision before any investment.

When you’re ready for your psychedelic intensive, you’ll go through our onboarding process.

STEP 2 - INITIAL SUPPORT & PSYCHEDELIC PREPARATION - ONBOARDING

Some of our clients are looking for short term psychedelic intensives for personal growth experiences or to complement their already established psychotherapy, while others are seeking both ongoing therapeutic support and psychedelic services. During the initial sessions, whether short term or ongoing, we work with you to explore your intentions, your readiness for psychedelic therapy and to prepare you for the experience.

When you are ready for a psychedelic series, we will send you to our Medical Director, Dr. Alyse Power, or Amy Valesh-Peterson, our Nurse Practitioner, for a medical safety evaluation for both Psychedelic Cannabis and Ketamine sessions, and a “medical review” for harm reduction and education purposes for Psilocybin mushrooms and natural DMT personal use support sessions covered by the Natural Medicine Health Act.

During this period, we’ll make sure all your paperwork is complete, and we’ll talk to your mental health provider if you wish, and work with you to determine the best psychedelic session series that fits your interest, schedule, and financial needs.

Onboarding 

Our center provides short term and ongoing psychotherapy, spiritual counseling and professional mentorship in the field of psychedelic therapy. At least one to three sessions are typically provided before a medicine series begins to help our clients determine a path forward. There is also a medical review process.

Additional preparation sessions are provided as part of the intensive series and these costs are included in the packages.  We recommend additional preparation sessions for longer onboarding periods, typically a minimum of one per month.  The intensive is usually scheduled about a month to two months out depending on our schedule and your travel plans.

Onboarding Session With Your Practitioner

In preparation for your first psychedelic series, you will go through an onboarding process where you will meet with your practitioner for a specific consultation to go over your paperwork, informed consent agreements, intake, safety questionnaire and answer any questions you may have. This information is also reviewed by our Clinical Director during this time for an extra layer of support and to provide additional protocol suggestions. 

Initial Medical Safety Review & Follow-Up Medical Care

When psychedelic therapy is recommended, our medical team will provide medical oversight throughout the process. This initial evaluation or education session allows our medical team an opportunity to review your history and physical health, and help you begin to create a psychedelic intensive series based on your specific interests. We also determine if cannabis or ketamine are safe for you to use and we provide harm reduction education for the personal use of  psilocybin and DMT, gifted by our religious non-profit under the Natural Medicine Health Act. We may also recommend working with a Mental Health Nutritionist and Microdosing Educator (more information below). 

If at any point in the process it becomes clear to us that psychedelic therapy or guiding is not the best path forward, we will work with you in session to determine the best course of treatment with your guide, or with other practitioners outside of our center.

Determining a Session Series

Around the time you speak to one of our members of our medical team, we will work with you to design and schedule your psychedelic intensive and provide all of the necessary disclosure forms in preparation for the journey. 

Examples of psychedelic session series are below and on our Psychedelic Intensives & Pricing page, and always include preparation and integration support. They include 2 day and weeklong intensives, ongoing psychedelic therapy, and groups.

Pricing & Scheduling

To simplify our pricing, we’ve created this simple pricing calculator for our most popular psychedelic intensives, and these packages always include necessary preparation and integration sessions. The price also includes medical support when working with Ketamine and an assistant guide when working with Psilocybin and DMT. You’re invited to ask our intake coordinator in your free consultation, and your practitioner about the general prices of the services you are interested in. Payment plans are available. 

Our prices are congruent with specialized psychotherapy rates and typical ketamine clinic rates that include psychotherapy. We also have new, apprentice rates to support accessibility. The entire series is scheduled at once to ensure continuity of care, and a half payment as a deposit is generally required to begin the scheduling process. Payment plans are available for ongoing Psychedelic Therapy. Payment is required in full to begin the psychedelic session work. 

STEP 3 - PREPARATION SESSIONS

In addition to the onboarding sessions, before any psychedelic experience, our clients meet with their practitioner for 1-3 preparation sessions. Some clients meet with their practitioner on an ongoing basis before stepping into a psychedelic experience. 

These sessions are an opportunity for you to explore your goals and intentions for the work, learn skills for navigating your psychedelic terrain, develop new strategies to support integration and healing, build rapport with your practitioner, and share your story. Over our twelve years in practice, we have found that the more people prepare for their psychedelic sessions, the more they get out of them. We want you to feel safe and resourced going into your first psychedelic experiences.

Psychedelic cannabis, ketamine and DMT sessions require at least one preparation session, psilocybin mushrooms require at least two preparation sessions.

STEP 4 - PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY & GUIDING

We’ve found that our clients are already intuitively drawn to a particular medicine or intention, and it is our job to take this information and explore a protocol that works for you. We’re here to guide and support you through this process. In addition to working with Psychedelic Cannabis, Ketamine, Psilocybin Mushrooms and DMT by themselves, these medicines can be part of an integrative series of medicine sessions, either two day retreats, weeklong intensives, extended and ongoing series of psychedelic and psycholytic sessions, known in our program as Psychedelic Intensives. As always, our protocols include the required number of preparation and integration sessions, medical oversight, and an assistant guide when necessary. All sessions in a protocol are scheduled at once to ensure continuity of care.

We call these protocols “Chapter Turning Experiences” because they can provide immediate support and greater clarity that allows our clients to jumpstart their psychotherapy into a new stage of transformation, recover from a difficult life experience, and find new meaning and direction in life.

Two-session intensives are conducted at the beginning time together, or one of our weeklong intensives.  These intensives can be repeated to further address significant concerns and for ongoing work. Significant clinical concerns generally require 2-3 two-session intensives, or a weeklong intensive to complete a full treatment protocol.

A Note About Our Ketamine Practice Compared to Other Ketamine Clinics

Our center provides generally higher dose intramuscular ketamine experiences to elicit psychedelic states, compared to lower dose IV drips that are designed to minimize the psychedelic experience (a more common practice at typical ketamine clinics). Our standard ketamine session is 3 hours long, compared to the 1-2 hour sessions at typical ketamine clinics. Our medical staff sits with our clients for 30 minutes, offering a booster if requested, instead of providing a single shot and then leaving. A skilled guide with clinical and spiritual training is with you the entire time to provide support, while curating a musical journey just for you. 

The Seven Psychedelic Intensives of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness

Visit our new service page for more about our psychedelic intensives and their prices. A very brief description of each is provided here for your reference.   

  1. Gateway – (12 hour Intensive) – Two psychedelic cannabis sessions
  2. Luminous – (8 hour intensive) – two ketamine sessions
  3. Sanctuary – (19 hour intensive) – two psychedelic cannabis and two ketamine sessions
  4. Helix & Double Helix – (12 hour and 21 hour Intensives) – single or two psilocybin mushroom sessions
  5. Weaver – (22 hour intensive) – a single psilocybin mushroom session between two cannabis sessions
  6. Explorer – (18 hour intensive) – a single psilocybin mushroom session between two ketamine sessions
  7. Dreamer (+3 hours as add-on or 5 hours as standalone) – a single DMT session with 2 journey experiences.

Additional variants are also offered. 

STEP 5 - INTEGRATION, COMPLETION & RETURNING

In the days and weeks after your psychedelic experiences, you will meet with your practitioner to begin integrating your journey into your daily life. This is a crucial step in the process and creates the most lasting benefit. During these sessions you will review the content of the sessions, make meaning of them, and explore ways to integrate the lessons into your life. Many clients report that their integration sessions are the richest part of the overall process and are essential to their growth and transformation. We recommend one to three integration sessions after a psychedelic therapy intensive. Minimum requirements are included in the series price. 

We work with you as long as you are called to work with us. This can be short-term, ongoing, or as needed. We invite you to complete your time with us through a final integration session, with an intentional ceremony of gratitude and completion. There’s always an open door for you to return to these practices.

Psychedelic cannabis, ketamine and DMT sessions require one integration session, psilocybin requires two integration sessions.

PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer need-based and diversity scholarships for psychedelic therapy and guiding services to increase the accessibility of our program, particularly for marginalized communities and those who have limited means. An additional way to reduce the cost of our services by about half is through our group experiences.

Additional Information and Frequently Asked Questions

COUPLES, FRIENDS & PRIVATE SMALL GROUP PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCES

All of our psychedelic therapy and guiding, psychotherapy, spiritual counseling, and professional mentorship services can be shared with a partner or friend to create an intimate and deeply meaningful journey together. Because you’re paying for our time, the cost is also shared. Generally speaking, for simplicity, the second participant attends at 50% off. Contact us for more information about shared psychedelic experiences for both healing and personal growth.

The Center for Medicinal Mindfulness specializes in group psychedelic experiences. Small private groups of families and friends are deeply meaningful. We can host small groups of 3-5 participants with any of our psychedelic services, medium groups of 6-9 participants with ketamine or cannabis, large groups of 10-15 participants or extra large groups of up to 24 participants with psychedelic cannabis. 

These sessions can be conducted in our private studio, or any sized group can be held in private homes, retreat centers, or medicine friendly yoga studios. Contact us for more information.

PRIVATE INTENSIVE RETREATS WITH DANIEL MCQUEEN OR ALISON MCQUEEN

Daniel McQueen, MA, is the Executive Director of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness and author of Psychedelic Cannabis. In addition to developing and teaching Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy, writing and facilitating trainings and groups, Daniel specializes in guiding short term Psychedelic Intensives for individuals, couples, and groups, with accompanying preparation and integration support. 

Alison McQueen, MA, LPC, ATR, ACS, Clinical Director of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness, is a licensed professional counselor, art therapist, and psychedelic therapist is also available for short term intensives for individuals, couples, and groups, as well as ongoing individual psychotherapy and psychedelic therapy.

To set up an initial consultation to work with either Alison or Daniel, please note the request through our initial inquiry form. Alison and Daniel’s hourly rates are the specialist rates.

MENTAL HEALTH NUTRITION SUPPORT & MICRODOSING EDUCATION

Working with our mental health nutritionist is strongly recommended for clients seeking to eliminate or reduce psychiatric medications, or who have significant clinical concerns, are healing addiction, or experience disordered eating. 

Clients interested in what is commonly known as “microdose coaching” with psilocybin are referred to our nutritionist for harm reduction microdosing education, and an overall nutritional review. 

Cannabis is safe to use with many other medications, and ketamine is safe with most as well. Due to the nature of psilocybin and the effects of mental health pharmaceuticals such as SSRIs that “dull” the effects of psilocybin, we require that our clients titrate off these medications to schedule a psilocybin session if it is safe to do so. Nutrition and amino acids can substantially support this process. While titrating off these medications, clients can work with psychedelic cannabis and ketamine in preparation for their psilocybin journey. 

PAYMENT, RESCHEDULING, AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Due to the intensive nature of psychedelic therapy, our scheduling and payment process is a little different than standard psychotherapy clinics. An initial payment is required to reserve your dates for initial sessions and medical evaluations. A deposit is required to reserve your intensive, and full payment is required prior to the intensive. Payment plans for an ongoing session series, or for those with financial need, are also available.

ALL sessions within a psychedelic series are booked at once to best coordinate with your practitioner, our medical staff, and our office schedule. This eliminates any potential pauses in treatment that could occur if you paid and scheduled one session at a time. 

60-minute sessions require a 72-hour cancellation notice to reschedule or to receive a refund. 

Because psychedelic sessions are sometimes a full day to even a full week of work and are harder to reschedule quickly, these sessions require a three week notice to reschedule or to receive a refund for services. Please help us take care of our guides by providing as much notice as possible. 

INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT, SUPERBILLS, & FSA/HSA CARDS

We can accept payments for all of our services through HSA and FSA cards.

We can provide a superbill for psychotherapy services but not medicine-related sessions, and medicine-related services are generally not reimbursable. 

There are also significant ethical considerations in taking insurance, including the required “pathologizing” of an experience that can often only be described as sacred, beyond positive, and absolutely life transforming.

While the psychedelic movement figures out how to navigate the insurance space, a great way to save while receiving a very high quality service is our private small group experiences and our public events found on our Events page. We have very affordable clinical and spiritual/celebratory group experiences available.

WHERE DO I STAY?

If you’re not local, most of our clients rent an airbnb or stay at the hotel directly next door. It’s pretty easy and we have a discount code for our clients. Restaurants, grocery stores, basically anything you’d need, are 5-10 minutes away by rideshare. Boulder, Colorado is a lovely place to visit. We also have access to several medicine friendly private retreat spaces from individual sessions to large groups, both near Boulder and in the Rockies. Please talk to a team member about these possibilities.

20 Minute Free Discovery Call

The Discovery Call can be set up by filling our our simple inquiry form and selecting a time. Our intake coordinator takes time to get to know you and answer any questions you may have. We also discuss how our services could be a good fit for you and we start to match you with one of our practitioners. After you are paired with a practitioner, you’ll receive a welcome packet and intake paperwork that will be discussed with you in your initial sessions. We look forward to working with you.