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The Different Types of Psychedelic Therapy, Explained

If the phrase “psychedelic therapy” conjures up images of 1960s hippies, you’re not far off. Sprawled across bean bags with headphones strapped to their heads, they were the pioneers of psychedelic drugs.

The use of psychedelics in therapeutic settings is not a new idea. It’s been around for decades. LSD was first used to help treat terminal cancer patients and alcoholics in the 1950s and 1960s.

These studies were ultimately shut down due to political turmoil and insufficient funding. Psychedelics are gaining popularity again, with success in therapy as recently as 2017.

Today, psychedelic therapy is emerging as a legitimate medical practice. Many therapists are exploring psychedelic treatment to help patients with mental health issues.

As they become more mainstream though, it’s important to understand how these therapies can help treat mental illness.

New Therapies

New methods of applying psychedelics to aid in the therapeutic process have emerged. Updates and redesigns on older protocols have made them a better fit for modern needs. Treatments that were never available outside of research settings have become mainstream.

Many of these therapies fall under the umbrella term “integrative psychedelic therapy.” IPT was also known as “MAPS-approved”.

In this context, “integrative” means that they combine traditional methods with newer techniques. “Psychedelic” refers to substances like LSD and psilocybin. “Therapy” refers to treatment through guided sessions with a trained therapist.

Psilocybin is of course the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

What Is Psychedelic Therapy

There are two main categories for psychedelic-assisted therapy: classic psychedelics and non-classic psychedelics.

Classic psychedelics, such as LSD, psilocybin, DMT, mescaline (or peyote cactus), and ayahuasca, are those found in nature. These substances, used for decades, have shown success in treating mental health conditions.

Classic psychedelics can help people with PTSD by providing perspective on traumatic experiences. They also show promise as an effective treatment for depression. Psychedelics reduce symptoms like anxiety and sadness. According to researchers, classic psychedelics are not addictive.

Non-classic psychedelics include MDMA (Ecstasy) and ketamine. These treatments are hallucinogenic, but they do not qualify as psychedelics. There is a lot of research underway to establish the benefits of these treatments.

Besides their varying chemical compositions, each type offers different benefits. One thing they do have in common: They stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine. These are essential hormones in the fight against many mental illnesses.

Types Of Psychedelic Therapy

There are several different types of psychedelic therapy. Each option involves the use of psychedelic drugs in a therapeutic setting.

We’ve broken down each type of psychedelic-assisted therapy below. Get a better understanding of what they’re used for and how they work:

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (MAP)

A mental health treatment that uses the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.

The main benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy include:

  • Help with overcoming addiction and co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety
  • Improved moods
  • Enhanced creativity and problem-solving skills

It shows promise in helping patients break free from the shackles of their past. Proven to be effective in treating many conditions, long-term treatment with MAP can help keep symptoms at bay.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

A form of psychedelic-assisted therapy, KAP uses ketamine as a tool to create positive changes in the brain and behavior. It can help people to find relief from symptoms such as chronic sadness and fear.

The treatment also helps PTSD patients overcome past traumas. It helps them process their memories in an environment free from fear or anxiety.

The benefits of KAP include:

  • A rapid reduction in symptoms like depression or anxiety
  • Less chance of relapse than traditional treatment methods

A low dose of ketamine is administered through a drip while the patient sits comfortably in a relaxed setting. Patients will experience an altered state of consciousness called disassociation. This allows them to explore their memories without the usual triggers that cause distress.

In this safe space, patients can discuss their memories openly with their therapist. There is no need to worry about judgment or shame.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy (MAPS)

This is a revolutionary treatment that uses the drug MDMA to help people heal from their trauma. MDMA is also known as Molly or Ecstasy. The drug is taken in a controlled setting. The patient will be supervised by medical professionals. They will also receive psychotherapy from a trained therapist during the treatment.

The use of MDMA for PTSD is still in its early phases of research. Many professionals have reported it to be an effective treatment.

This can mean a reduced frequency of flashbacks to traumatic events. Even long-term remission from symptoms like anxiety or depression has been noted.

If you’re interested in this type of therapy, here’s what you can expect:

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is given in two phases one week apart. During this time, you’ll meet with your therapist daily for three hours at a time. You’ll continue with daily sessions until the end of phase two (when you take another dose of MDMA).
  • You may also receive other forms of therapy during this period. Talk therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are good supplemental therapies. Your doctor or therapist will make recommendations based on your mental health history.
  • During these sessions, you’ll need to journal your experiences.

Psychedelic Integration Therapy (PIT)

This is the integration of psychedelic drugs into a patient’s treatment plan.

PIT involves two parts.

The first part happens before and during your psychedelic journey. The other part happens after you take your trip and for several months afterward.

Before your treatment, you will meet with your therapist several times. This is so that you can prepare for what’s coming next.

Talk to your therapist about ways to help you process emotions or memories that may come up. Journaling or art therapy classes are a happy way to bring healing.

The benefits of PIT include:

  • A greater sense of self-compassion and self-acceptance.
  • A deeper understanding of the problematic behaviors that led to psychedelic use.
  • The underlying issues that continue to impact you.
  • Improved relationships with family members, friends, and significant others.
  • Lessened cravings for alcohol or other drugs.

Long-term Benefits of Psychedelic Therapy

Psychedelic therapy is effective because, in part, it helps people to gain a better understanding of their struggles.

It also allows patients an opportunity to make connections with those around them. These connections are often with others who are struggling with similar issues. This helps to reduce feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

The long-term benefits of psychedelic therapy are still being studied, but early results are promising.

In 2017, the Journal of Psychopharmacology reported that positive results were being documented two years after treatment with psilocybin.

66% of participants reported an increase in their quality of life. 56% said they had improved relationships with others.

In 2015 researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published a paper. Their research showed that participants who received psilocybin experienced less anxiety and depression in the week after taking it.

Those effects remained for at least 14 months after treatment.

What to Expect During Psychedelic Therapy

If you are thinking about participating in psychedelic therapy, you may be wondering what to expect.

The first step in psychedelic therapy is determining whether it’s right for you. Some people are not good candidates for this type of therapy. People with a history of psychotic disorders may not qualify.

Once screened and approved for psychedelic therapy, your therapist will give you the drug in an office setting. Your team will monitor your reaction and make sure everything is going well. Your dosages will be very small at first and increase gradually as needed over time.

You might experience some side effects during this time. These include nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness, and headaches. These symptoms should go away within a few hours after taking the drug.

In some cases, there are serious side effects like seizures or heart problems. Patients may need medical attention right away.

Psychedelic Therapy, Explained

Psychedelic therapy is a hot new topic. Unpacking how best to use it to treat specific mental health problems is still very much a work in progress.

The substances that are most effective, their appropriate dosages, and the ideal combination of them with other forms of therapy are all unknown at this point. But with the growing number of studies investigating the applications of psychedelic drugs in therapy, we’re starting to gain a deeper understanding of how they can be used to treat mental health disorders.

And though these types of therapy are not for everyone, many people stand to benefit from them. It will be interesting to see whether psychedelic therapy continues to grow as an industry going into the future.

The next time you or a loved one has a serious issue or mental health diagnosis, try exploring psychedelic therapies as a possible solution.

Contact us to learn more about using psychedelics responsibly and effectively as an alternative mental health treatment.

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Tryp Guide

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Alisia Malta


Tryp Guide

Alisia graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings during her 12 years as a RN. Her fascination with the human brain led her to become a specialist in Deep Brain Stimulation therapy. Alisia is also an artist and has been selling her work professionally for the last 10 years. Through several difficult life events, she experienced firsthand the healing power of creative expression. Her passions reside in health, psychology, art, and human connection. She is ecstatic to be part of the Daytryp team, and grateful for the opportunity to assist with the intentional use of psychedelic medicines for healing.

Nellie Bowers, RN


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Nellietha (Nellie) has been in healthcare for 18 years. She graduated with a Bachelors in Science from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2018. She grew up in a family that prioritized alternative medicine and witnessed firsthand the profound impact natural remedies have on physical and mental health. As someone who has personally experienced the transformative effects of psychedelics, she is passionate about helping others find relief and healing through these alternative therapies. In her free time, she enjoys her animals, gardening, and being out in nature.

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Jeff was born and raised 25 miles north of Chicago, IL. He graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1999 with a B.S. in Business Communications. Jeff has worked for several successful start-ups in the consumer and daily deal space, excelling in business development and customer service. He is a certified life-coach specializing in working with adolescents. As Daytryp’s Intake Coordinator, he takes great pride in being the first voice our clients hear when they call into the facility. He enjoys working on his spiritual self, doing voiceover work, spending time with his girlfriend in San Diego and taking his bulldog Walter on road trips across the country.

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David Romanelli fuses ancient wellness practices with modern passions that give people accessible tools to overcome stress, focus their mind, and improve their relationships at work and home. David’s third book, Life Lessons from the Oldest and Wisest, is a reminder that countless professionals, parents, and partners have walked the earth before us. The book was inspired by his series of national events called DRINKS WITH YOUR ELDERS, that created a space for isolated elders to reengage with their community and share their life experiences with younger generations. His previous book, Happy is the New Healthy, was inspired by David’s friendship with a 111 year-old New Yorker. The book reached #1 on multiple Amazon and Apple Bestseller Lists.

Dave partnered up with Daytryp Health to create TRIPT, which is a psychedelic integration APP which is offered to all Daytryp clients.

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Rebekah graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. After working as an RN in the hospital setting for 13 years, Rebekah stepped away to pursue a career more oriented towards holistic healing and treating the root cause of disease. Rebekah is passionate about the powerful healing abilities of psychedelics and plant medicine and believes that with the right tools and guidance, our mind and body have the innate wisdom and ability to heal from the inside out. Rebekah is also on her path to becoming a Priestess, which includes training in the sacred art of holding energetic space. On her free time, she loves being a mom to her two beautiful children, traveling the world, hiking, yoga, and reading.

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Ajona Olsen

MSN, APRN, ANP-C, Medical Director

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Ajona Olsen started her career in healthcare in 2001 as an RN in a hospital. She graduated from Arizona State University as a nurse practitioner in 2006, and worked in corporate medicine for fifteen years. In 2021, she began researching psychedelics as a powerful tool in healing and trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Ajona opened her own practice at the beginning of 2022 to serve those on a journey toward healing and, in turn, has found happiness in the healing for herself and her loved ones. Ajona met Chris Cohn, founder of Daytryp Health, in June of 2022. She is very excited to act as Medical Director and partner with the incredible team at Daytryp. Outside of work, Ajona is an avid yoga enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her family.

Quinn Snyder


Chief Medical Officer

Quinn graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2007. In 2010, after studying under Andrew Weil and traveling to India to study plant-based medicines, he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Drexel University. Quinn has continuously practiced EM at some of the top Departments in and around Phoenix. He possesses leadership experience in Data Analytics, Quality, Operations, and Business Development. During the pandemic, he was the manager of the largest Emergency Department in Arizona, and his experience was the subject of interviews on CNN, PBS Newshour, BBC World News, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He has used Ketamine in his clinical practice and is committed to the emerging field of psychedelic medicines for healing.

Chris Cohn


Founder & CEO

Chris was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He attended Brophy College Preparatory, then graduated from the University of Arizona. Chris later attained his Masters Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. In 2008, Chris founded Scottsdale Recovery Center and Arizona Addiction Recovery Center, two of the most well-known drug and alcohol rehabs in the state. In 2019, after exiting the rehab space, Chris took a deep dive into the incredible world of psychedelic and plant medicines for his own healing journey. Daytryp Health was birthed from Chris’s ongoing desire and passion to help people heal, recover, and thrive with the intentional and careful use of psychedelic medicines.

Rudy Montijo

MS, LASAC, Consultant/Integration Therapist
Tryp Guide

Rudy Montijo lends his expertise in operations and business development consulting for Daytryp. He received his undergraduate from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University, and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy training from Polaris Insight. Rudy worked under Daytryp’s founder and CEO, Chris Cohn, while operating and expanding Scottsdale Recovery Center from 2013-2014. He currently has an award-winning career in medical sales. He is a former D1 athlete, having played football at the University of Arizona. Rudy is a clinical therapist who is trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, actively races on the Ironman triathlon circuit, and is a certified yoga instructor. After helping others, Rudy’s greatest love is his two children, River and Savanna.

Esther Mathers

VP Operations


Esther is a seasoned designer with over 25 years of experience in the creation, management and development of calming spaces. A passionate and driving force behind any project, she thrives when curating environments that foster relaxation and well-being for both the mind and body. In addition, Esther has a talent for providing holistic solutions with innovative ideas to persistent challenges. She was honored to be commissioned by the Founder and CEO of Daytryp Health, Chris Cohn, to design the interior of their flagship location. The opportunity has been life-changing, transformative, and inspiring on many different levels. Esther currently lives in Mesa, AZ with her two children and enjoys outdoor activities, particularly those involving water.