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Psychedelic Integration Coach

Sophie-Charlotte Adler

7 years of exp.

Berlin, Germany

$160/hr+

Modalities

Mindfulness Meditation

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Mindfulness Meditation

Family Therapy

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Family Therapy

Integration Coaching

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Integration Coaching

Talk Therapy

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Talk Therapy

Hypnotherapy

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Hypnotherapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

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Psychodynamic Therapy

Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

Medicines

Psilocybin

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Psilocybin

Ketamine

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Ketamine

Areas of Expertise

Inner Child Work

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Inner Child Work

Psychedelic Preparation

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Psychedelic Preparation

Psychedelic Integration

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Psychedelic Integration

Depression

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Depression

Healthy Relationships

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Healthy Relationships

Spiritual Emergence

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Spiritual Emergence

Attachment Theory

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Attachment Theory

Self-empowerment

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Self-empowerment

Spiritual Path

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Spiritual Path

Soul and Life Purpose

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Soul and Life Purpose

Systemic Psychotherapy

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Systemic Psychotherapy

Languages

German

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German

English

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English

Since childhood, I have been captivated by the enigmatic world of dreams and their profound significance. At the age of 14, I stumbled upon an ancient tome on hypnosis, and in that moment, I knew my calling lay in the realms of altered consciousness.

From the age of 15, a vision began to take shape in my heart and mind - a vision of crafting a sanctuary in nature, a retreat center that seamlessly melds my passions for architecture, psychotherapy, spirituality, science, ecopsychology, meditation, and the harmonious strains of music.

Drawing from a rich foundation in psychoanalysis and depth psychology, my therapeutic approach has always been rooted in exploring the profound depths of the human psyche. Nowadays, as I undergo training in systemic psychotherapy, my therapeutic thinking is evolving, expanding my ability to work with families and couples in their unique journeys of healing and transformation.

I am inherently drawn to connect theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on experiences and vice versa. This inclination led me to conduct extensive research and write about the potential of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, a journey that began in 2016. Subsequently, I ventured into a psychiatric clinic where I delved into the therapeutic applications of ketamine, transferring the expertise I had garnered from the psilocybin realm into this new domain.

Within the clinic, I bore witness to the transformative effects of traditional ketamine infusions on individuals wrestling with mental health struggles. It became evident that the presence of a compassionate guide was pivotal in shaping the outcome of each session. Drawing upon my expertise in psilocybin therapy and enriched by specific hypnosis techniques, I forged the "Ketamine Hypnosis Package" (KHP), a methodology that blossomed into "Ketamine Assisted Hypnotherapy" (KAH).

KAH proved to be a powerful tool in many cases where conventional approaches had fallen short. My therapeutic philosophy centers on creating a space where surrendering to the process feels not only safe but empowering. I hold a profound belief in the potency of interdisciplinary collaboration, recognizing its potential to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

In 2019, I approached Prof. Dr. Dirk Revenstorf to initiate a training program in KAH for physicians, psychologists, and therapists, with the aim of forging closer ties between medicine, psychology, and hypnosis, equipping practitioners with practical skills in navigating altered states of consciousness.

In the midst of the 2020 global pandemic, I established a private practice for Dr. Scheib in Berlin, offering Ketamine Therapy in Germany. One year later I ventured into independent practice, aligning with "Inwardbound Retreats" and "Mindfulness Ltd." to facilitate Psilocybin Retreats in the Netherlands.

Personally, my fascination with indigenous cultures and traditions has been a driving force in my life's journey. I have explored the wisdom and practices of various cultures through extensive travels to Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, California, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and throughout Europe. Each encounter enriched my understanding of the human experience and deepened my reverence for ancient wisdom.

Currently, I engage in KAH therapy in Germany (Berlin and Pirmasens) and offer psilocybin retreats in collaboration with colleagues from Ireland and England in the Netherlands. This unique opportunity allows me to draw parallels between practical applications of both substances, emphasizing that the right approach is tailored to individual needs.

In addition to KAH and Psilocybin Retreats, I offer a range of services, including Integration of Psychedelic Experiences, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Advisory for professionals, Supervision, and Training in KAH.

Looking ahead, I envision a future where accessible and affordable psychedelic therapy is available to those who need it. While both ketamine and psilocybin treatments remain relatively costly, I am committed to advancing equitable access for every individual. Moreover, I'm keenly observing the ongoing research and emerging possibilities surrounding other mind-altering substances. We stand at the threshold of a burgeoning field, and the potential for healing and transformation is boundless.

With hope, determination, and a vision of unity,

Sophie

If you take an adequate dose of psychoactive substances, your awareness changes dramatically for the duration of the effect. Many clients are also afraid of traveling into the unknown and letting go of their usual control, so that fearful experiences can sometimes occur during the substance effect.

In this process, as a therapist, I am a companion or a so-called "auxiliary ego" that temporarily takes over certain functions. It is always about the support of healing inner processes. It is important to have a safe external instance to support internal processes in the sense of the client and his or her process. The so-called "containment" is of great importance here; the therapist holds and reminds, similar to a mountain guide who holds the safety line and is there in unfamiliar, confusing areas and represents the hold. At the beginning of a KAH (ketamine assisted hypnotherapy) session, I often say "We are now traveling together to a country where neither of us has ever been. I am with them the whole time and they are safe here". The image of the pontifex, the bridgebuilder between worlds, seems appropriate to me here.  

What clients experience during such a journey is often figurative or symbolic. Just as in a classical psychotherapy, KAH or psilocybin assisted therapy is about symbolizing, i.e. translating into words and language, contents that still seem confused. The real work begins for the clients after the consciousness-expanding experience with the conscious and responsible integration of the findings into everyday life (Adler, 2022) .

As an accompanying therapist, one shapes the interaction with an extraordinary state of consciousness. The client is in a completely different world, while the therapist should guide him/her safely through the new and unknown experience. This work demands total presence and vibratory capacity on the part of the therapist, a non-judgmental attitude that is not pathologizing, based on a sustainable and authentic relationship. This work is process-oriented and creative, in which each session is unique. 

I understand my book (Adler, 2020) as a foundation for my therapeutic work with psychoactive substances. From my perspective, it is important to create sufficient protection for substance assisted psychotherapy with an open attitude, mindfulness and awareness. A consciousness-altering journey can be both heaven and hell at the same time. It is always a journey into the unknown, and a responsible approach must be established for this.

It is not about influencing the client and his or her mindset. It is about opening up the necessary space for the client to open up to his or her own process, to be able to travel safely into the unknown, into the depths of the self. For us therapists, the task is to "hold the space", and for this it is also necessary to create a suitable atmosphere.

Credentials and Training

Testimonials

It’s very special how Sophie works in the ceremonies and retreats. She has such an ellegance, warmth and grace that almost feels like the ultimate mother energy which makes you feel held, seen, warm and full of trust no matter how dark it is around you.

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Tashi

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