I am a certified and licensed psychedelic trauma therapist, merging novel technology, art and science. This alchemy fosters deep and enduring positive change. The world is in a psychological crisis, trauma is an epidemic, and mental healthcare is inaccessible for most. I develop novel approaches to healing by delivering therapy, speeches and interviews, training, retreats, virtual reality and mobile app content, and psychedelic exploration to optimize and expedite positive outcomes.
Utilizing effective and attuned communication and support, we can remove the blocks of trauma, cultural conditioning and self doubt. Then, the true self yearning to step forward is not only revealed, but activated. I serve to inspire all people, including therapy clients, mental health clinicians and other professionals through the exploration of consciousness and self actualization.
When the message received resonates with what the inner self already knows, we feel deeply seen and inspired. By creative thinking and leaning into challenges, we learn to trust ourselves more than the limitations by which we’ve been conditioned. Using my multidisciplinary expertise, there is movement toward wholeness. We may then see the magic and potential in everyday life. I hold a lantern to illuminate your path towards what you are meant to become.
Sunny Strasburg, LMFT is the cofounder and owner of PsyAssist with DJ and musical composer, David Starfire. PsyAssist was recently acquired by TRIPP, Inc. Sunny is now the Clinical Director of Operations at TRIPP, Inc overseeing psychedelic development and clinical therapy support using virtual reality and mobile app technologies. This article published in FORBES talks about our company. TRIPP PsyAssist develops virtual reality and mobile tools to support therapist supported psychedelic journeys.
Sunny Strasburg, LMFT
Specializing in individual, marriage and family counseling, Strasburg earned her professional stripes at an in-patient adult drug and alcohol treatment facility. Strasburg’s focus is energizing and inspiring people; she feels a calling to bring psychedelic medicine to people recovering from trauma, depression and anxiety. She has a deep knowledge of psilocybin, a growing treatment in the country.
Join us as we talk about virtual reality in the psychedelic space, ketamine therapy, the importance of having support before and after a psychedelic experience, what it means to be trauma informed, and why it’s important to interview your therapists!
She has co-authored trauma protocols for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Dr. Phil Wolfson. Sunny hosts training and retreats with Dr.Richard Schwartz, the creator and founder of Internal Family Systems. Mrs Strasburg has led trainings with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk focusing on somatic and trauma psychedelic assisted therapy. She gives presentations, offers training and consulting in Ketamine combined with EMDR, Internal Family Systems and archetypal psychology. Mrs Strasburg has completed training with Compass Pathways in psilocybin assisted psychotherapy and completed a volunteer residency at Synthesis with psilocybin, and trained at the Ketamine Training Center in Ketamine Assisted Therapy. She was trained in MDMA Assisted Therapy by Michael and Annie Mithoefer through MAPS, and co-facilitates Holotropic Breathwork Workshops. Sunny lived near an ayahuasca retreat center in Latin America, and served to help participants to both prepare for and integrate their experiences. Mrs Strasburg is also a visual artist and her paintings were recently featured on the MAPS yearly bulletin for 2019.
Mrs Strasburg received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, an institute which focuses on Jungian Depth Psychology and houses the library of comparative mythologist, Dr. Joseph Campbell. This education was fortunate because of its holistic psychological orientation. The breadth and depth of learning at Pacifica was truly unique. Students were trained in Jungian and Freudian concepts. There, she learned about transference, counter-transference and the importance of holding the tension of opposites. At Pacifica, Sunny came to understand that humans are complex archetypal beings, storytellers, and myth makers.
Jung saw the task of the therapist in helping to establish a dynamic interaction between the client’s conscious ego and the Self, a higher aspect of the client’s personality; this interaction takes the form of a dialectic exchange using the language of symbols. The healing then comes from the collective unconscious and it is guided by an inner intelligence whose immense wisdom surpasses the knowledge of any individual therapist or therapeutic school. This is the essence of what Jung called the individuation process.
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