A Space of Support & Healing
-- Ketamine-Assisted Therapy --
I provide ketamine-assisted therapy at Kadima Neuropsychiatry Institute in La Jolla, CA where I do preparation and integration sessions for the experiential ketamine sessions.
I am trained by the leading experts at Polaris Insight Center located in San Francisco to provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. I earned my bachelors degree at Cal Poly in 2011 and earned my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I am a licensed therapist in both California and Tennessee.
While working in California, Tennessee, England, and Germany, I have worked with addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, multicultural, military families, teenagers, and adults.
I have been tenaciously researching and studying psychedelic medicine since 2016 and continue to expand my knowledge in this emerging field. I deeply believe in this work and that this is the future of our mental health field to help people move through their depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
Ketamine is considered a breakthrough treatment for depression, PTSD, and some other neuropsychiatric conditions. Please visit Kadimanp.com to learn more about this treatment and feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
<< What is a preparation session? >>
The preparation session is 50 minutes in duration, either in-person or virtually, and it occurs before you begin your ketamine treatments. The preparation session is a vital step in the process in order to help you understand what to expect during your ketamine treatments, how to optimize the treatment, your goals for treatment, and to answer any questions you may have. The purpose is to orient you to this type of treatment as it is very different from our current mental health treatment model.
<< What is an integration session? >>
Integration means weaving the insights received from your journey back into your sense of self and applying them to your life.
Ketamine experiences have the potential to open up very significant ways of being, ways of viewing others, and how you view yourself. It may bring to light new goals you have, things you want to do, say, or move towards. Once you have these experiences, integration is the process that turns your intent into reality. It makes your insights tangible.
Bathje, Majeski, and Kudowor (2022) defined integration as 'a process in which a person revisits and actively engages in making sense of, working through, translating, and processing the content of their psychedelic experience. Through intentional effort and supportive practices, this process allows one to gradually capture and incorporate the emergent lessons and insights into their lives, thus moving toward greater balance and wholeness, both internally (mind, body, and spirit) and externally (lifestyle, social relations, and the natural world).'
During this period, the therapist helps you find words for your experiences, unpack insights, and develop new personal narratives. Together we further discuss strategies and practices to retain and actualize this new knowledge.
As each person’s psychedelic experience can be radically different, so too will their integration process be radically different.
-- Ketamine/Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Resources --
Short YouTube video
Dr. Naveen Thomas explaining how KAP works and how ketamine can be helpful for depression
PsychEd Episode 34: Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression with Dr. Sandhya Prashad
Psychedelics Today: Veronika Gold- Methods of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Ketamine and Psychedelics with Dr. Michael Cummings
Paul Austin of Third Wave on Understanding and Using Psychedelics for Transformation https://wellnessmama.com/podcast/504/
How Psychedelic Medicine Can Help In Trauma Recovery with Saj Razvi
Psychedelic integration: An analysis of the concept and its practice
The Past, Present and Future of Using Ketamine to Treat Depression
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP): Patient Demographics, Clinical Data and Outcomes in Three Large Practices Administering Ketamine with Psychotherapy
Turns out ketamine could be the fastest treatment available for depression
-- Therapy for Teens, Young Adults, & Military --
I provide a compassionate and nonjudgmental space that encourages you to discuss your deepest thoughts and struggles to promote optimal healing and balance.
My specialties are working with teenagers, young adults, and military personnel who are experiencing anxiety, depression, inner conflict, low self-esteem, addiction, and/or relational issues.
Together we focus on the areas in your life that feel unbalanced or are not working well so that you can live life with more self-awareness, clarity, creativity, curiosity, and confidence. The goal is to better manage work and school stress, improve relationships, and find relief from anxiety and depression in a therapeutic environment that is warm and supportive.
I integrate mindfulness into my therapy practice through somatic therapy modalities including Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems (IFS), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, and System Theories. I utilize a compassionate and humanistic lens with therapy as I believe it is powerful to understand the feelings, emotions, and behaviors a person is experiencing through a place of warmth and openness.
Working at an HBCU for years in Tennessee, as well as around the world, has allowed me to have extensive experience in working with a variety of different cultures and ethnicities. I provide a safe, culturally-sensitive space for BIPOC folks where you will be heard, listened to, respected, and honored. I understand that although I have extensive experience, there is always room for me to continue learning and growing about other cultures and ethnicities to better enhance myself and my work.
-- Insurance Information --
I am an out-of-network provider, but can offer you a superbill monthly to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. A superbill can be considered a receipt from a session with a therapist that has all the necessary information an insurance carrier needs to process a claim. As to how much reimbursement you will receive from a session, that is determined by your insurance carrier and plan.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist