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Understanding Adverse Psychedelic Effects

While psychedelics are often deemed safe for the general population due to their low toxicity profile, it’s essential to recognize the inherent risks associated with any substance.

The majority of adverse effects are typically linked to the use of psychedelics in non-therapeutic settings, such as parties or festivals.

In these environments, the setting may not be conducive to a positive or controlled experience.

Lack of proper preparation, insufficient knowledge about the substance, and entering the experience with unclear intentions can lead to an unprepared mindset, which might enhance the risks.

Furthermore, using psychedelics without guidance from individuals who are well-versed in their effects and potential challenges can further elevate the possibility of unfavourable outcomes.

If such outcomes occur very specific therapy for adverse effects of psychedelics might be required.

What Are the Typical Negative Side Effects?

Adverse effects from psychedelic experiences can vary widely from person to person.

Some common challenges include overwhelming anxiety or fear, confusion, paranoia, and a sense of losing touch with reality.

For some, these experiences may even lead to persisting psychological distress where individuals might also grapple with feelings of existential crisis, emotional dysregulation or difficulty reintegrating their insights into their everyday lives.

Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD): some users report lingering perceptual changes after using psychedelics, which can be distressing and interfere with daily life.

This can manifest as visual disturbances, “flashbacks”, or a re-experiencing of elements of the psychedelic experience.

At Numinous Ways, we recognise that these challenges can feel deeply isolating without adequate support.

Whether you have had a challenging experience on your own, or on a retreat we’re here to provide therapeutic support to help you navigate any difficulty you may be experiencing from the adverse effects of psychedelics.

People learning about therapy for adverse effects of psychedelics.

One-on-One Psychotherapy

Our primary offering for anyone needing therapy for the adverse effects of having taken psychedelics is one-to-one psychotherapy.

Our team of psychotherapists are all accredited and registered in the UK and have additional specialisation in working with individuals who have encountered challenges with psychedelics.

Our therapists are trained in various psychotherapeutic modalities and sessions are designed to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.

We approach every client with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to providing a non-judgmental, safe space where you can freely explore all aspects of your experience.

What We Offer:

  • Expert counselling and therapy sessions: Our experienced psychotherapists are trained to provide individualised support for either one or a range of sessions depending on your needs and the severity of your difficulties.


  • Integration: We assist you in making sense of your psychedelic experience, processing difficult emotions, and integrating the insights gained into your daily life.


  • Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to us. You can trust us to provide a secure space for your healing journey.

If you or someone you know has had a difficult experience with psychedelics, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation session. 

We’re here to support your recovery and help you move towards a brighter, more balanced sense of self.

Our Therapists Who Work With Adverse Effects of Psychedelics

Find Us

3 Hill Street, New Town
Edinburgh, EH2 3JP

Tel. +44 1312100500

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