Psychedelic safety at Numinus

by Aya Gonzalez

Mar 29, 2022

At Numinus, your safety is our top priority. To help us meet that commitment, Numinus has put in place policies and protocols to protect our clients while they access our therapists and services.  

Psychedelic-assisted treatment options offer the potential to help  with mental health conditions like  depression, anxiety, trauma, addictive disorders, and other mental health conditions, as well as for those struggling to confront a serious medical illness. In research trials, compounds used in psychedelic-assisted treatment options—such as MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine—have been found to be safe from a human toxicology perspective and, while research is ongoing, may provide substantial improvement over available medicines in terms of both safety and efficacy.  

We recognize that there can be risks to clients while under the influence of psychedelic substances and potentially for days or weeks following administration when close attention is not paid to the appropriateness of the clinical setting, the therapeutic protocols, or the calibre of attending therapist(s). Specifically, people undergoing psychedelic-assisted treatment may be vulnerable to manipulation and exploitation for a period before, during, and after psychedelic experiences. Additionally, many people seeking psychedelic-assisted treatments have unresolved trauma and are at risk of re-traumatization if accompanied by unskilled practitioners.  

To mitigate risks, Numinus has implemented strict processes for the recruitment and training of highly skilled and professional therapists with expertise in trauma-informed therapy. All Numinus staff have passed criminal record checks in their local jurisdictions. In addition, they must comply with our Numinus Code of Ethics for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy that prioritizes client care and safety.  

Numinus’s protocols are based on international best safety practices, and our clinic infrastructure has been specifically developed for client safety. A range of safeguards are in place, including the recording of psychedelic sessions. Storage of the recording is secure and confidential and meets all medical regulatory standards.   

All safety protocols are explained to clients as part of our admission procedures, and all our services are in compliance with local, provincial/state, and federal health regulations.  

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