The combination of medications and psychotherapy has proven to be the most effective treatment modality with long-term effects. There are different approaches of psychotherapy and it is important to find the one that best suits your needs. Please contact us for guidance and referrals.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional pain that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can quickly experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
EMDR can be used for a variety of issues: anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and many other problems. EMDR can be used in many different ways. It can be used in long-term therapy to work through past traumas or negative life experiences. It can also be used for brief intensive therapy for a recent traumatic event.
Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
Psychedelic-assisted therapy is a form of treatment that uses psychedelics, such as Ketamine, MDMA, or psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), in combination with talk therapy to help patients with mental health conditions such as depression, PTSD, and addiction. This type of therapy can lead
to rapid and long-lasting improvements in symptoms. Psychedelics can help patients access traumatic memories and emotions that they have been unable to process or resolve through traditional talk therapy. They can also increase feelings of connection, empathy, and self-compassion, which can be beneficial for patients with conditions such as depression or PTSD. They can also help patients break out of limiting patterns of thinking and behavior, which can be beneficial for people with addiction or other behavioral issues.
There are a number of best practices that are generally followed in psychedelic-assisted therapy:
Screening and preparation: Patients should be carefully screened to ensure that they are appropriate candidates for psychedelic therapy and are prepared for the experience.
Setting and environment: The therapy should take place in a comfortable and safe environment where the patient feels secure.
Guided therapy: A trained therapist should be present during the entire session to guide the patient through the experience and provide support and guidance.
Integration: After the therapy session, patients should be encouraged to integrate their experiences into their daily lives through ongoing therapy or other forms of self-reflection.
Safety: Patient safety is the top priority and the therapist should be trained to handle any adverse reactions that may occur and should have emergency protocols in place.
Dosage: The appropriate dosage of psychedelics should be determined based on the patient's individual needs and the condition being treated.
Follow-up: Regular follow-up sessions should be scheduled to monitor the patient's progress and address any concerns that may arise.
It's worth noting that these best practices are based on current research and are likely to change as more research is conducted in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS): MAPS is a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics. They offer a lot of information and resources on their website, including information on psychedelic therapy, research studies, and training programs.
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