CONNECTING TO A MORE GROUNDED AND EXPANSIVE EXPERIENCE OF LIFE
“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Integration in relation to psychedelics can be understood as the process one continuously undertakes to bolster and enhance the insights they gained from the experience and live from that place of new knowledge or understanding. Integration is the process of weaving together previously disconnected pieces into wholeness. In other words, becoming more of who and what we are.
I assist individuals who have had a psychedelic experience and whom are looking
to ground and integrate that experience into their day to day life.
Psychedelic integration can be understood as the process one continuously undertakes to bolster and enhance the insights one gained from an experience and live from that place of new knowledge, insight, and understanding. Through this process, individuals are supported and guided to uncover new perspectives and meaning post-transformative experience. This service is also open to those who are preparing for a psychedelic experience, utilizing a harm reduction approach, individuals are given the support and education needed to enter their experience with ease and confidence. My orientation and approach is based in depth and transpersonal psychology, bringing in mindfulness and mind-body practices when appropriate. In working together, integration becomes a practice in compassion, growth, and strength. I believe that integrating our psychedelic experiences is in service to both the individual and the collective, and that through the process we can find great curiosity, joy, purpose, and meaning.
I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, hold an M.A. in Psychology with a Mind-Body Concentration from Columbia University's Spirituality Mind Body Institute, and have completed a 200 hour yoga and meditation teacher certification. I worked closely with Dr. Ingmar Gorman, the director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program in NYC as program assistant promoting education, trainings, workshops, continuing care programs, and other services. During this time I was able to assist in, attend, and complete the Psychedelic 101 and 102 trainings led by Dr. Gorman and Dr. Elizabeth Nielson. Additionally, I worked in Costa Rica at Rythmia Life Advancement Center, a medically licensed facility offering plant medicine ceremonies. At Rythmia I assisted Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeff McNairy with client medical intakes and assessments, provided personal counseling and integration tools to clients facing psychological and emotional challenges, assisted facilitators during plant medicine ceremonies, led yoga and meditation classes, and facilitated and led four courses developed by Rythmia to support clients over the course of their stay. All of my personal and professional experiences over the last 12 years have had an active role in developing my compassionate and person-centered approach to coaching and mentorship. My hope is that you receive the support, the tools, and the inspiration you deserve.
"We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves.'' -Andy Goldsworthy
PhD Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute
M.A. Psychology with Mind-Body Concentration from Columbia University '16
B.A. Sociology from Pepperdine University '14
200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Council Facilitator Level 1
Certified Embody Love Movement Facilitator
Attendance of Psychedelics 101 & 102 led by Dr. Ingmar Gorman and Dr. Elizabeth Nielson
Integration services allow client to further explore their psychedelic experience with individualized support and guidance. Individuals uncover new insights and meaning post-psychedelic experience. This is not therapy, it is a form of mentoring to support and educate individuals in their process.
Preparation services provides client with the education, information, and thought prompts necessary for a safe, effective, and transformative experience. The proper preparation ensures that a client can go into an experience with the mindset and tools to enhance the experience.
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IMPORTANT: Sophie Whitney is a post-doc pre-licensed clinician and does not provide illicit substances or psychedelic-assisted therapy.
“Some people have a unique ability to help others see deep truths hidden in plain sight. Sophie is one of those people. Not only does she guide her clients with wisdom, but she does so with uncommon grace and kindness. Without a doubt, her life and work will continue to impact the world in unique and wonderful ways.” - Kevin Kaiser
"I came to meet Sophie after a slow ten year long insidious slide into what was diagnosed as Treatment Resistant Depression. I felt as if I was trapped in a prison cell of my own mind, that all the doctors, counselors and modern pharmaceuticals couldn’t rescue me from. I could only see the negative and ugliness in everything. I slept a lot and often thought if I was killed in a car accident on the way home it wouldn’t be so bad. My family would’ve been taken care of; I had life insurance after all. Desperation and a chance interaction on a train to Santa Barbara led me to contacting her and that chance has and still is having a profound impact on my life. I think I had forgotten how, but I laugh more now. I see my demons for what they are; not me. I see the beauty in things that I have missed for so long. I can see now that I am part something bigger and not the trivial thoughts that churned over and over in my head. Sophie helped reset my compass. For that I am eternally grateful." - Andrew Morris
"Sophie is a warm, calm presence with wisdom beyond her years. During my sessions with her I felt safe to be real and myself. I hope to do integration work with her in the future, I believe she can help me on my path of healing." - Lauren Richards
"Working with Sophie was an amazing experience. I have used psychedelics in the past but was looking for a more spiritual experience rather than a recreational one. Along my journey, I had the opportunity to go to an upcoming Ayahuasca retreat. Wanting to make sure that I was as mentally and spiritually prepared as possible, I looked up a practitioner to work with from the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) website. That is where I came across Sophie. She was extremely easy to work with and helped me prepare for my experience for many weeks beforehand. Any anxiety that myself or my family had around me attending the retreat had been alleviated by working with Sophie on the front end. As a result, I had gone into my experience with Ayahuasca with clear intentions and confidence and had a life changing experience. She is extremely knowledgeable and very understanding. I would recommend that anyone who is looking to explore a psychedelic journey work with her. I am very grateful to have gotten to work with her and will likely be working with her more in the future." - Erin Stevenson
"My session with Sophie was life changing.... I never imagined that I would heal some unresolved childhood trauma. I went into the session to resolve some issues coming out of my divorce, which has destroyed me. However, the session took me far back to the root of what broke me during childhood. I no longer carry the story of being undeserving of good things, my relationship with myself changed. There are no words to properly justify how this journey guided by Sophie has transformed my life in a short time. Years of therapy could not do what was done in one day.
The environment and empathetic nature of what Sophie brought to the session allowed me have the most transformative experience imaginable."
- Pamela Santee
"Honestly, Sophie has been the best, most insightful and intuitive therapist I’ve ever seen. Sophie has an amazing talent for therapy, and is so easy to relate to. I’m proud to have been her client, and I learned a lot from her. "
- Daniel Doyle
"I’ve very much enjoyed my sessions with Sophie. She’s been so welcoming and open, and nonjudgmental of my experiences and mental states. I see her as a safe and accommodating space, which makes exploration of myself much easier. I highly recommend contacting her if you have any interest - she has been a great fit for me."
- David Leeds
"Sophie is a kind, gentle and caring professional. I appreciated her patient, non judgmental approach, and her focus on education during my first session. My follow up integration session was truly worthwhile, providing me with deeper insights into the experience. I would highly recommend her services."
- Kate Chapman
"Sophie has been incredible help to me in my journey of healing. Her kind, empathetic spirit has allowed me to feel safe and her incredible intelligence, intuition, and knowledge have guided me through some very difficult times. Her knowledge of and experience with plant medicines (psychedelics) and their powerful benefits has helped me to heal some very deep wounds in a very short period of time. If you are looking for a therapist or someone to help you heal, learn, and grow I highly recommend her."
- Jacob S.
"My experience with Sophie was nothing short of extraordinary. I only hope everyone on Earth can have this same revelatory experience. Sophie is kind, wise, experienced and the perfect guide for the journey. I highly suggest working with her in any way that you can, the benefits will be clear and obvious."
"If I could give Sophie and my experience with her 10 stars I’d give 11. I have no words for how incredible and life changing the work I did with her has impacted my daily life. I have recommended and would recommend Sophie to anyone in my life because no matter where you are- the experience and work through sessions with her would change anyone for the better. And specifically her personal approach and expertise made it so extraordinary. I cannot thank Sophie enough and want to stress to anyone debating about working with her to realize you are in the best hands possible and I encourage you to make the step and do it. Sophie, thank you. I am eternally grateful for you and the work we did together."