Sunny Strasburg, LMFT is certified in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy by the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been trained in psilocybin therapy by Compass Pathways and Synthesis. Mrs Strasburg was trained in MDMA by Michael and Annie Mithoefer through MAPS and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy by the Ketamine Training Center. Sunny works with Dr. Phil Wolfson, author of The Ketamine Papers. She is also a Lead Trainer at the Ketamine Training Center, and hosts KAP retreats. Mrs Strasburg serves as a consultant for licensed practitioners. Sunny has been interviewed and given keynote presentations for the Trauma Research Foundation, EMDRIA Worldwide, The Seminar, ShrinkRap Radio and the K Dome.
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Sunny is a Certified EMDR Practioner. Mrs Strasburg also utilizes EMDR with Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Sunny has presented at the EMDRIA Worldwide Conference on EMDR and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and taught EMDR with Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in training and consultation. Sunny co-leads trainings with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, who has completed research on the effectiveness of EMDR. This approach can adapt to a broad spectrum of issues.
Sunny is trained in Internal Family Systems. She co-leads clinician trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz, who developed Internal Family Systems. Mrs Strasburg creates and hosts retreats with Dr. Schwartz activating leaders in becoming more Self led. IFS is greatly potentiated by the use of psychedelics and she teaches,consults and trains licensed clinicians on the use of combining psychedelic assisted therapy with Internal Family Systems.
Mrs Strasburg received her Masters of Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California. Pacifica’s graduate program specializes in Jungian Archetypal Psychology. Sunny authored her Masters Thesis as an illustrated Dream Journal. This was accompanied by a thesis on the Hero’s and Heroines’ Journey as it follows the trajectory of the four archetypal elements according to Drs Edward Edinger and Marie Louise von Franz. Sunny interweaves archetypal psychology into her therapy and retreats. Dreamwork compliments psychedelic therapy beautifully. Mrs Strasburg works with her clients to engage with the symbolic content which often emerges and animates the content of psychedelic journeys.
Mrs Strasburg offers hourly consultation to licensed mental healthcare workers. Case consultations, overview of psychedelic assisted therapy and utilizing tools such as EMDR, archetypal psychology, meditation and Invocation, and Internal Family Systems are topics covered. We discuss preparation, set and setting, proper space holding, creating safety and consent and in depth integration. Note that clinicians must be at least Masters level and licensed to practice psychology or medicine.
Mrs Strasburg offers training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. Sunny is a Lead Trainer at the Ketamine Training Center. She also offers modular training, virtual video presentations and lectures to educational programs. Watch for her upcoming offerings on the NEWS page, send her an EMAIL with inquiries to have her train your licensed healthcare team, or see KTC upcoming trainings at the Ketamine Training Center HERE…
Mrs Strasburg offers online learning programs for both licensed mental healthcare clinicians, as well as therapy clients and patients wanting to learn more about therapy and psychedelic assisted therapy, and Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
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 and clinical development and research. The news was recently reported in this article published in Forbes. TRIPP PsyAssist develops virtual reality and mobile tools to support therapist supported psychedelic journeys.
Sunny started the company PsyAssist, LLC with David Starfire in 2020 which was acquired by TRIPP, Inc. in 2021. Mrs Strasburg authors and presents voice guided invocations for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy sessions. She offers these live at retreats, individual therapy sessions and trainings.
Music guided experiences are an integral part of therapy with psychedelics. The mind and body are more sensitive to music so it’s important to listen to music created specifically for the protocols. Using certain keys, scales, modes, tempo, and sequence is essential for guided psychotherapy with psychedelics. The combination of organic instruments, virtual instruments, analog synths, and nature sounds is used to balance the mind for a harmonious journey. Brain entrainment using binaural beats is also used, which in this study, shows that using binaural beats can calm the mind and guide the patient to a relaxing state of mind.
The meditations in the PsyAssist app are designed to enhance and supplement psychedelic journeys.Each meditation presents an opportunity for deeper introspection and self reflection in support of personal growth.
You can get even more out of your ketamine therapy sessions by listening to the meditations between sessions. This will help you reflect on and process the experiences that you had during your sessions.
I have written and recorded meditations with music by composer, David Starfire that cover a broad spectrum of topics.
Sunny’s retreat was so magical and so profound that I am not sure there really are even words to capture the beauty and magic that took place in Costa Rica, during Sunny’s retreat she co-hosted with Michelle. There are some people you meet in this lifetime, who are so genuine and magnetic, that you feel drawn to be in their presence and to learn from them. Sunny has been my teacher on two separate occasions now and I am beyond humbled and grateful to soak in the wisdom of her teachings. The elemental healing retreat was everything I was looking for, to ultimately aid in my own healing and recovery. While the work was not always easy at times; I walked away with new insights and awareness into myself, my loved ones, and ultimately the direction and path that I want to continue on moving forward. During this retreat, I found forgiveness, surrender, love, connection, and empowerment. I look forward to continuing to learn from Sunny & truly cannot wait for when our paths cross again in the future. Sunny’s team was brilliant and took such great care of myself & my partner, who embarked on this journey alongside me. Thank you Sunny & team for a life-changing experience.~Brittnee Stewart
I’ve attended 2 retreats hosted by Sunny and each time has been an incredible experience which gave me new insights on myself, insights on the future of my business, things I need to build for my clients. Sunny is unique in her ability to blend ceremony/tradition, Internal Family Systems therapy, Jungian psychology with ketamine journeys. Her retreats have helped me heal my past and create my future. I have and will continue to recommend Sunny for anyone who’s looking to start or continue on their leadership journey. – Rob Kalwarowsky, High-Performance Leadership Coach at Elite High Performance
Exactly one year ago, I attended the “Elemental Healing Singing & Therapy Retreat” put on by @sunnystrasburglmft in Costa Rica. Sunny’s mindfully curated gathering changed the trajectory of my life and I’m ready to share details about the shifts I have experienced since that event.
In April 2022, I was perceiving life through a thick lens of anxiety as well as experiencing symptoms of dysgraphia and feeling overwhelmed. I wasn’t dancing with life anymore and, although never losing sight of my visions and purpose, I understand now that my voice and ability was fading away. Courageously having had the endurance to tread water for so long, I was beginning to drown.
I was in need of a protective and enlightening container that I could completely let go and surrender into. I am incredibly grateful to have landed in Sunny’s conscious and exceptionally brilliant psychological, emotional, and spiritual care at her 2022 retreat at Finca Mia.
Today I exist in a far more rooted state of peace and although my responsibilities are still many, my presence and passion toward life’s journey and commitments feels fresh and welcoming. This new seed of my being was planted with Sunny and I’m happy to share that I’m home in “self” from a euphoric and strenuous, at times, heroine’s journey. I highly recommend attending or following the incredible offerings that Sunny puts forth.
I love you, @sunnystrasburg . ~Melissa Warner
•The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk M.D. Amazon
•More information on EMDR:
•EMDR Frequently Asked Questions
•How AIP (Adaptive Information Processing) works.
•Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Dr. Peter Levine. Get it here: Amazon
•ACE Study on how trauma affects adults
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