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The mid portion of our brain is called the Limbic System. This is the part that initiates the “fight, flight, freeze” response to danger. It performs a very fast, subconscious evaluation and initiates a quick response that’s designed to keep us safe. It bypasses our neocortex where we could rationally process our reaction if we had more time.
Because of this bypass, sometimes the limbic system gets the cues wrong—when there is no actual danger- but the body is thrown into an automatic response anyway, a hijacking! From chronic low-grade anxiety or full-blown panic attacks, to feeling down or having major depression. This can also include repeating addictive behaviors, like using drugs or alcohol, that we are otherwise trying to eliminate. Over time this creates powerful dysfunctional neural pathways that are hard to recognize or break free from. A maladaptive limbic system may be the key to why our mental health can be so difficult to improve.
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Somatic Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Somatic psychotherapy works in the Limbic portion of the brain. This is where our “Fight, Flight, Freeze” response is initiated. It helps to “re-wire” these patterns or neural pathways that can cause us sadness, pain, and suffering. This is deeper therapy than traditional “Talk Therapy”.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, KAP
Ketamine can interfere with the part of our brain that is creating distress. When dysfunctional neural pathways are shutdown we are free to experience what if feels like to be safe, comfortable, at ease, even hopeful. With the help of ketamine, an environment is created in our brain that nourishes the creation of more helpful neural pathways. We can actually begin to “rewire” our brains towards wellness.
I believe it is important to collaborate with everyone that is involved in your overall health. This includes family, significant relationships, other therapists, physicians, or anyone else you want involved, with your permission.
I combine a blend of traditional psychotherapy techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, with the latest research in neuropsychology. These techniques are evidence based. I have experienced them in my own personal counseling and psychotherapy. Somatic therapy and ketamine therapy are tools that have improved my own mental health.
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