Jessica Forrest, PhD

Psychedelic Guide with Nectara and the Centre for Living Medicine

Jessica Forrest, PhD

Welcome!

My name is Jessica, and I am referred to by she/her pronouns. It is with deep gratitude that I live on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) First Nations. This land is also known as Vancouver.

To support the safety and wellbeing of my clients I have signed the North Star Pledge and abide by the Psychedelic Association of Canada’s Code of Ethics.  

My Approach

I weave the scientific and spiritual together to facilitate a safe, supportive container for your inner healing intelligence to unfold. It is your inner healing intelligence that will ultimately lead our work together. My role in our partnership is to guide you to connect with your inner healer and create an environment of safety in which you will be supported in a non-judgmental, unconditionally loving, and accepting way.

Your intention will be the foundation upon which we will co-create your personal growth and healing journey. During your sessions I will listen, reflect, and offer skills, tools, and practices where I feel they might be helpful to you. At all times I will encourage you to stay connected with your agency, honouring your choice to engage or not engage with what I offer, because I believe you are the expert of your own experience, needs, and boundaries. 

Modalities

  • Coaching 
  • Ritual and Ceremony 
  • Soul Medicine (e.g., Animism, Earth-Based and Energetic Practices)
  • Plant Medicine (e.g., Ceremonial Cacao)
  • Movement (Yoga)
  • Breathwork (HeartMath®)
  • Nutritional Therapy (Intuitive Eating / Anti-Diet Informed)

Areas of Expertise

  • Attachment Theory
  • Internal Family Systems Theory
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal Theory
  • Spiritual emergence and development
  • Psychedelic harm reduction and integration (PHRI)

My Training

(In Progress) Foundations in Internal Family Systems (IFS Institute

(In Progress) Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (DARe) Certification (Diane Poole Heller)

(In Progress) National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) – Working with Core Beliefs of “Never Good Enough”; The Neurobiology of Attachment; Undo Patterns of Pleasing and Appeasing

(In Progress) Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University)

2022 Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration (Numinus) 

2022 The Resilient Heart™ – Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath® Certification 

2022 Earth and Energy Medicine Mentorship (Melanie O’Leary)

2022 3 Year Certification in Standard First Aid (Life Preservers)

2022 3 Year Certification in CPR / AED Level C (Life Preservers)

2021 Returning to Wholeness – A Guide to Understanding and Integrating Trauma (Dr. Gabor Mate)

2021 Psychedelic Preparation and Integration Therapy (Phoenix Academy)

2021 Psychedelics and Somatic Therapy (The Embody Lab)

2021 Professional Training in Psychedelic Medicine (Science of Psychedelics)

2016 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Psychology (Macquarie University – Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning)

2014 Master of Public Health (MPH) – Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (University of Newcastle – Distinction)

2010 Honours Bachelor of Science (Hons. BSc.) – Specialist in Psychology (University of Toronto – High Distinction)

2016 Certified Nutritional Therapist (Health Sciences Academy)

2016 Certified Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor (Health Sciences Academy)

2016 Yoga Mentorship (Dr Melissa West)

2016 Certified Yoga Teacher 200hrs (Aura Wellness)

 

My Story

I spent decades living in cycles of anxiety and collapse, suicide ideation, eating disorders, and difficulties with socializing and relationships. I tried everything: therapy, medication, exercise, breathwork, support groups, various philosophical and spiritual frameworks, diets, supplements, yoga, meditation, self-help books… you name it. I even pursued a career in the field of mental health, all in hopes of understanding the human experience and finding freedom from suffering.

But by the time I entered my 30s I was still struggling and beginning to feel hopeless, believing I must be fundamentally flawed or broken. Then I came across studies, articles, and documentaries that spoke of the benefits of psychedelic medicine. I was nervous at the thought of trying psychedelics, but the science convinced me it was something worth exploring.

My first psychedelic experience opened me up in ways I never could have imagined. I embarked upon a journey with psychedelics that transformed my life. But it was not an easy road. Navigating the underground psychedelic community was difficult, and in many spaces I felt unsafe and vulnerable, even as a human occupying several positions of relative power and privilege.

The opportunities to access psychedelic medicine were limited and unfortunately, I encountered practitioners along the way who engaged in unethical, unsafe, and sometimes actively harmful practices. For this reason, I am passionate about helping others, sharing what I have learned in hope that I can reduce the risk of harm and improve the likelihood of a beneficial psychedelic experience. It is truly an honour to support others on this journey.

Get In Touch

I’d love to connect! Ask me a question by using the form below or sending me an email. 

Email

hello@jessicaforrest.ca

Facebook & Instagram

@jessica.forrest.phd