Many psychedelic caregivers who call themselves “space holders” have little training in what this means. We at CARDEA are different. With over a century of collective experience as practitioners and leaders in psychedelic and psychotherapeutic care, we bring our significant wisdom from both fields to the nuanced art of holding space. The method we use at CARDEA is focused on being “radically hospitable,” a stance in which we accept the honor of hosting you by listening closely and nimbly adjusting what we do in order to provide the right balance between comfort and safety in the often uncomfortable movement toward growth.
What is the result of a well-held space? To put it another way, what happens when the setting is “just right”? We can go back to the science on human transformation for one very important answer to that.
Whether it concerns moving on from psychological suffering or heading toward greater expansion and meaning, research shows that people move forward when they are able to enter a state of contemplation, a mindset in which they can look at themselves without too much judgment, holding their experiences like clay in their hand that’s ready for molding. In many ways, a contemplative mindset is the ultimate goal of good space-holding, a way in which one person provides the right environment for another to think more flexibly and curiously about themselves.
That can’t happen by just taking your medicine. Real contemplation occurs when you take your ketamine journey in a well-held space, one that is serious about your experience, but also in which play can take place in your response to your needs.