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Beyond The Narrow Life: A Guide For Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration

By Kile M. Ortigo, Ph.D.

Foreword by William A. Richards, Ph.D.

Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide For Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration seeks to thread a needle by addressing the shared elements of intersecting complexities and possibilities surrounding questions regarding legal access to care, ongoing criminalization, and medical restrictions to care which limit the therapies available.

I’d like to heartily recommend Dr. Kile Ortigo’s Beyond the Narrow Life to you as a unique work that offers a thoughtful and well-developed map and user’s guide for exploring one’s psyche – from preparation through encounter through integration into the activities of daily life. The field of psychotherapy will very much benefit from the availability of this material.” — David Presti

 

Paperback available for Pre-Order! You will be charged on June 29th, 2021 and ships the same week.

Kile M. Ortigo, Ph.D.

Kile M. Ortigo, Ph.D., is an award-winning clinical psychologist and founder of the Center for Existential Exploration, which supports people exploring profound questions about identity, meaning, life transitions, and psychospiritual development. He also serves on advisory boards of Psychedelic Support, an online training and clinician directory for legal, psychedelic-informed care, and Project New Day, a non-profit organization providing harm reduction resources for people using psychedelics in their addiction recovery process. For several years, Dr. Ortigo worked at the National Center for PTSD (NC-PTSD) where he collaborated on technology development and implementation projects, ranging from apps like Mindfulness Coach to online programs like webSTAIR. With colleagues at NC-PTSD, NYU, and Harvard, Dr. Ortigo coauthored Treating Survivors of Child Abuse & Interpersonal Trauma: STAIR Narrative Therapy (2nd Edition), which was released in June 2020.

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Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide For Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration seeks to thread a needle by addressing the shared elements of intersecting complexities and possibilities surrounding questions regarding legal access to care, ongoing criminalization, and medical restrictions to care which limit the therapies available. The book introduces the reader to significant themes elicited by psychospiritual and therapeutic use of psychedelics––which includes the process of psychedelic integration. These themes integrate several frameworks, from third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapy to Jungian depth psychology, existentialism to scientific understandings of the cosmos, and mindfulness and compassion-focused traditions to popular and secular culture. Such an approach provides value to people regardless of their history using psychedelics as it connects to the greater mysteries and concerns of the human experience.

Interested in learning more about Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy? Please visit the Center for Existential Exploration Resources page for more information.

Related: Should Psychedelic Therapists Have Psychedelic Experiences?

 

Additional information

Weight 1.875 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 7 × 1 in
Format

Paperback, eBook

Pages 0

Endorsements

Kile is offering a unique synthesis not previously available in the field. His work offers an unexpected integration of existential, Jungian, cognitive-behavioral, and relational psychodynamic perspectives. In his book, Kile helps the reader to maximize the safety/grounding, meaning making and transformational elements of psychedelic usage and treatment. The book will be useful to both clinicians and non-clinicians alike. Most psychedelic usage happens outside of the realm of clinics and laboratories, and this book will be a great asset to all those who are considering using, infrequently or regularly using and/or trying to maximize the benefit of using psychedelic substances. I strongly recommend this cutting-edge book in a field that is on the edge of exploding into the clinical, scientific, and academic worlds. — Harvey Schwartz, PhD

What makes this book stand out from others I’ve seen is his depth of knowledge of psychology and existential philosophy and his writing skills at ‘meeting the reader and taking him/her on a journey.’ He writes clearly and directly, using words that communicate well to most people. That’s a real strength! His writing also reflects openness rather than dogma and a very patient ability to let readers explore their cognitive processes and meditative depths at their own paces….Kile has plenty to say to the world and the skills to do it well. His particular strengths include his knowledge base, openness and compassion, and his exceptionally fine writing style. His dialogues with the reader reflect a lot of patient wisdom—the river flows at different paces at different times, and he gently guides while knowing that there’s no need to push it. — Bill Richards, PhD

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