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Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training: Claudia's Experience

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The below testimonial was written by one of our Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy learners, Claudia Bastien. Claudia is a breath work and cold exposure facilitator who applied her studies in this course to holistic healing - an indirect yet adjacent and highly applicable field of work for this certification. 

At the end of 2023, I completed my Fundamentals of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) Training with Numinus.

To be honest, when I signed up for this training, my primary motivator was not to hold plant medicine sessions.

To be honest it still isn’t my motivator.

No, I choose to take on this training to expand my tool box in assisting and supporting individuals through altered states of consciousness that aren’t achieved by ingesting a psychedelic substance… but instead, altered states of consciousness that one can tap into via one’s own breath and body… through breath work and cold exposure therapy.

After 3 years of guiding cold exposure and utilizing breath to help individuals to regulate their own nervous systems… I’ve seen first hand the sheer power that breath and cold water can have on an individual. After 7yrs of my own practice, I know first hand the impacts that these modalities have on the psyche. I have felt the psychedelic-like effects that wash over the body after a particularly good breath work or cold exposure session. The out of body feeling - the floating - the melting - the humming. The interoception of feeling one’s heartbeat, the circulation of the blood around the body - the lungs collapsing and expanding. The tingles. The sounds in the ears, the deafening silence, the ringing.

In my experience breath work & cold exposure therapy can lead to impactful psychedelic-like effects. Although short-lived in experience - the “downloads” one receives can be concentrated and intense.

It is all this that lead me to training with Numinus.

Here is what impressed me most during my 8-week long intensive.

Whether you are a licensed or unlicensed practitioner, I think anyone who works with individuals who enter altered states of consciousness could benefit on the knowledge expansion that you receive by taking the Fundamentals in PAT training.

It was a challenging 2 months, but I couldn’t recommend this training enough… and that’s my honest, unsponsored opinion.

Westernized Education Framework.

The training is set up within a westernized education framework. As someone who dedicated 10+ years of my career to working with postsecondary education - I highly value an education that makes me feel like I'm attending a recognized university.

Professional. Responsible. Accountable. 

With 2.5 hour pre-work modules, 3 hour live interactive sessions with Numinus practitioners (registered and practicing counselors & physicians), small group learning sessions, and interactive exercises with the class every week… for something as serious as guiding others through medicine journeys, I find peace in knowing that this course is challenging and demanding. After losing a loved one to an intricate mental health journey that was spurred by an intense plant medicine session, I was glad to see that Numinus takes the weight of training seriously.

Comprehensive Curriculum.

The volume of information divulged module to module was intense. I still can’t believe how much was covered in essentially 50 hours over 8 weeks. I learned new and innovative ways to make adjustments to the way in which individuals can prepare for their session, language that can be helpful in communicating boundaries and expectations, and best practices around supporting individuals through their unique integration journeys. Much to my delight, we talked at length about the Nervous System and how altered states of consciousness can benefit the regulation and reset of the NS. We covered medicine sessions, different medicines, case studies, practitioner self care, and so much more.

Click to learn more about our Fundamentals Course and the entire Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Certification Pathway.


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