Jeffrey Krone is a training Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco, CA. He is currently in his third year of studies in the Somatic Psychology MA program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he also completed a previous MA in Philosophy and Religion. His research interests are in the intersecting fields of Neuropsychology, Psychedelic Science and Somatic Approaches to healing trauma. Prior to working with psychotherapy clients he has experience volunteering in psychedelic harm reduction projects at music and art festivals and as a caregiver with the Zen Hospice Project. He also serves as a night attendant in the MAPS-sponsored research study using MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the treatment of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety related to life-threatening illnesses.
“Integrating Through the Body: A Somatic Approach to Healing Trauma with Psychedelic Medicines”
How does healing occur with psychedelic medicines? Understanding how these medicines interact with our nervous systems may be a key to unlocking their full healing potential. Using somatic approaches to work with the regulation of arousal states can greatly support the repatterning of the autonomic nervous system following powerful psychedelic experiences. While the idea of integration continues to gain recognition as a significant factor in determining long term healing outcomes of powerful psychedelic experiences, there still exists a gap in research actively integrating psychedelics with somatic approaches that support healing on the level of the body and nervous system. In what is commonly referred to as the Psychedelic Renaissance, there seems to be a growing need to counter some of the enthusiasm and excitement for psychedelics with wisdom, skill, and careful attention. Returning too soon to working with certain types of psychedelic medicines can often lead to greater states of nervous system dysregulation and may even increase the likelihood of retraumatization. By exploring some of the core concepts and theories of somatic approaches to healing trauma, such as hyper/hypoarousal, window of tolerance, polyvagal theory, resourcing, pendulation, titration, we can develop a greater awareness around when and which psychedelic medicines might be more harmful/beneficial, and when more integration work might be necessary.