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Ketamine Therapy For Depression is available.
Clinics providing Ketamine therapy for depression are open all across the USA and Canada. Being that it was already legal, extending its use from an anesthetic in the OR and ER to an adjunct in therapy for depression was quick and relatively painless. (At least compared to the ongoing, and yet mostly unsuccessful, extension of the still illegal psychedelics into the clinic.)
But the prevailing model for the efficacy of ketamine-therapy is to give someone a dose in a safe context and allow the pharmacological consequences of the drug altering brain chemistry into the reliable direction of symptom reduction. A reduction that lasts about a week or so before depression symptoms return and another trip to the clinic is in order.
Certainly, this kind of ketamine therapy for depression is providing a lot of benefit to a lot of people who have found other forms of therapy to fall short. However, is a neurological reset the only potential ketamine therapy has for people suffering from depression? Pierre Bouchard, our guest for this episode of Adventures Through The Mind, says no.
Pierre Bouchard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Boulder and Denver CO. He specializes in blending somatics, embodiment, attachment theory, and trauma therapy with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. He offers supervision around ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and training on music selection. He is also currently enrolled in the MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program. Pierre regularly guest lectures on somatic therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and selecting music for psychedelic therapy.
In this interview, Bouchard proposes that ketamine’s potential for treating depression extends beyond its default pharmacological effect and that, when used in conjunction with somatic therapy, low-dose ketamine can help heal depression through healing the developmental trauma that the depression emerges from.
Pierre Bouchard is on the show to talk about somatic therapy, the traumatic roots of depression, and the role ketamine-assisted somatic psychotherapy can play in healing that trauma, and thus the depression it produces.
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