New Service: Psychedelic-assisted Executive Coaching With Ketamine​

The Awake Forward Ketamine-enhanced Executive Coaching Program

I’m excited to tell you about the career and life-enhancing benefits that take place when you combine executive coaching with neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and psychedelic therapy with ketamine in one program.

Our new Awake Forward program does just that, and here’s why I’m inviting you to consider it. 

A 6-month executive coaching program that weaves together executive coaching with neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) sessions, provided by one of our team members, and in-home ketamine-assisted therapy sessions, provided by Mindbloom.

Your 6-Month Coaching Program Includes: 

  • A master executive coach: You will work with Jonelle or I throughout the course of your program. Your coach will help you achieve your professional development goals and leverage the results of your NLP and PaEC sessions.
  • A master neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner: You will benefit from two NLP  sessions that will help you identify and change the deeply ingrained subconscious patterns and beliefs that are holding you back.
  • Psychedelic-assisted therapy sessions: You will have up to four at-home ketamine therapy sessions provided by Mindbloom’s guides under supervision by Mindbloom’s medical professionals.  Alternative forms of psychedelic-assisted therapy are available where legal, see FAQ below.

The 6-month Program Overview

Month 1: Rapport & Diagnostics
Address your most urgent issues, run a 360-review process, and build trust.

Month 2: Goal and Strategy Alignment
Refine goals and KPIs based on the 360 results. Identify core limiting beliefs that are holding you back. 

Month 3: 1st & 2nd Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Sessions 
Coaching continues while Mindboom provides two at-home ketamine sessions focused on relaxing the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from operating at your full potential. 

Month 4: Two NLP Sessions with a Master NLP Practitioner
Coaching continues while you work with an NLP expert. Similar to hypnosis, NLP techniques are very effective at supporting you to change the deeply ingrained limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Combined with the increase in neuroplasticity provided by psychedelic therapy, NLP is extra effective! 

Month 5: 3rd & 4th Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Sessions 
Coaching continues while Mindboom provides two more at-home ketamine sessions focused on relaxing the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from operating at your full potential.

Month 6th: Celebrate Wins, Set New Goals, Continue with the Coaching
Coaching continues while you benchmark your success against the KPIs we started with and celebrate the wins. Create goals for the next 6-month cycle and execute them!  

Ready to take your personal and professional development to the next level? 


The history behind Psychedelic-assisted Executive Coaching

Scientists, psychiatrists, and therapists have been studying the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics since the 1940s. Recent changes in legal constraints and public perception have ushered in a new era of psychedelic research and, as a result, new, ultra-low-risk therapies are now available. The most relevant example of this is the FDA’s approval of ketamine, a gentle psychedelic for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

On a personal note, my first psychedelic-assisted therapy experience took place in 2008 at a time when the company I founded was threatened by the nationwide financial collapse. We were forced to execute a big reduction in force and implement a significant product pivot. As a result, my co-founders and I were incredibly stressed and kept passionately disagreeing about key decisions. Personally, however, I was able to navigate the challenges with much more equanimity and clarity than I would have been able to if I hadn’t experienced my first therapeutic psychedelic experience a few months prior. As a result, I continued working with psychedelics in professionally guided therapeutic contexts. Unfortunately, at that time, there was no legal way to do this work in the U.S. I was forced to travel to countries where it was legal, but the results were worth the effort. 

After leaving my company, I began executive coaching. Before long, it became clear to me that coaching techniques alone could not change the deeply ingrained bad habits, blind spots, and stress patterns that were holding my clients back from realizing their full potential. Though, based on my own experience, I knew that coaching in combination with a psycho-therapeutic technique called “neuro-linguistic programming” (NLP) and therapeutic psychedelics could. I began suggesting to some of my clients that they come with me to Peru to work ayahuasca, a traditional psychedelic concoction native to the Amazon.

The results were extraordinary! Not only were my clients having sustainable breakthroughs in their leadership development, but the positive changes rippled into every area of their lives. Demand increased, so I began taking groups of entrepreneurs to Peru to work with ayahuasca once a year since 2012. 

The Ketamine Breakthrough

The problem has always been obtaining access to the safest, most effective psychedelic therapy experiences in a legal context, until now! 

Since 2018, ketamine-assisted therapies have become widely available in the United States. Ketamine is a very gentile and predictable pharmaceutical psychedelic that offers many immediate benefits. The problem has been that ketamine clinics are expensive and typically clinical in nature. Their programs are oriented to people suffering from serious depression or anxiety issues, not high performers looking for better performance. They don’t provide the type of environment or support I or my clients need to get the most out of the experience.  

As a result of COVID-19, Mindbloom, a pioneering startup in the ketamine therapy space, was able to get regulatory approval to provide at-home, video-supported ketamine therapy sessions. This is a revolutionary breakthrough! Now, anyone who passes their medical screening and meets certain key criteria can experience the benefits of ketamine in the comfort of their own bed! Oh, and this can be achieved at a fraction of the price they charge at the clinics.

I was somewhat skeptical of Mindbloom’s program. So, I signed up to test it out, and I am glad I did! I am delighted with the service and experience they provide. I decided that it is indeed very effective and would provide our clients with safe, convenient, and cheap access to the benefits of psychedelic therapy. Inspired, I reached out to Mindbloom to ask them to offer a VIP service to our clients at no extra cost. They agreed, and now I am thrilled to be able to wholeheartedly recommend Mindbloom’s ketamine program to you, whether you’re a client of Thriving Founders or not. (Use discount code Awake20 and get 20% off.)  

How I See Ketamine Helping Business Leaders

The most common benefits attributed to ketamine are stress and anxiety reduction as well as the ability to “think different” for many days after the experience. Based on my experience, I often find myself saying, “It provides me with the mental benefits of a five-day vacation in just 90 minutes!” 

I’ve never met an executive who wasn’t suffering from the negative side effects that come with shouldering the incredible amount of pressure that comes with the job. The benefits of feeling free from that burden, even for just a few hours, let alone days or weeks, is priceless. 

Thinking differently and having mental flexibility, creativity, and emotional resilience are all critical competitive advantages that are dependent on your brain’s neuroplasticity. Over time, stress creates a reduction in neuroplasticity. Studies have shown that ketamine causes a measurable increase in neuroplasticity for 3 to 10 days after an experience. Clients who are experiencing increased neuroplasticity while working with one of our coaches and an NLP master practitioner receive exponentially better results than coaching alone. 

To learn more about the pros and cons of ketamine, read this article on the website. 

A Decade of Experience

Since 2010, I’ve coached around 75 clients who engaged with therapeutic psychedelics with expert guides during the same time they worked with me as their executive coach. (To be clear, I have never provided the psychedelics or guided the experience; I lead the coaching program during which the experience takes place.) Over the years, I have refined my process into a method that synergistically combines executive coaching frameworks with NLP techniques and psychedelic-assisted therapy experiences that reliably produce both life and career-changing results quickly. I’ve named my process the “Awake Forward Method.” 

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