Intense emotional and existential experiences hold great potential for personal change. Often, however, changes in our lives do not occur slowly, but in spurts or leaps. Sometimes they are connected with crises. Experiencing altered states of consciousness is one such special, intense experience for many people. Scientific studies have shown that existential experiences during altered states of consciousness, in particular (including, but not limited to an experience with psychedelic substances) can lead to positive change in one’s psychological state.
However, it is not uncommon for very challenging experiences (and occasionally “bad trips”) to occur, which can be stressful and are difficult to reconcile with everyday life. In some cases, new psychological problems even arise from experiences that have not been processed. You don’t have to leave the positive development from such an experience up to chance. Psychotherapy has a wealth of experience in dealing with intensive psychological processes. Even – and especially – the challenging experiences which are difficult for individuals to understand and integrate into their lives hold the potential for positive changes when accompanied by psychotherapeutic support.