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Why Psychedelics?

 

Psychedelic medicines, or “psychedelics”, when used in the right context for the right patient, can offer profound improvement in mental health conditions. These medicines can break down negative fixed patterns of thinking and behaving, leading to transformational and lasting positive change. On a biological level, psychedelics increase neuroplasticity (brain connections).

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What is Psychedelic Healing?

At CCFPH we view treatment as much more than just incorporating psychedelic medicines into therapy. Psychedelic healing is a unique modality grounded in holistic therapeutic principles: 

  • a safe environment where our clients are likely to experience deeper insights and intuition;
  • holistic; encompassing the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person;  
  • focused on deeper shifts from a multitude of perspectives. Instead of attempting to “fix” people, we believe that this method of treatment can expand a person’s healing capacity and advance mental health therapy as a whole.

Why Ketamine?

Ketamine, classified as a dissociative anesthetic, can also be referred to as “psychedelic medicine” due to its mind-altering qualities. Proven to increase neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to grow) and neurogenesis (the formation of new neural pathways), ketamine has rapid antidepressant effects that can be useful in addressing challenging and treatment resistant mental health conditions such depression, PTSD, OCD and substance use disorders. The ketamine experience entails a shift in consciousness that can help a person explore themselves in a completely new light. Ketamine has a long-standing safety record, a high level of scientifically-proven efficacy, and is legal for medicinal use in Canada.

What is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)?

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) combines traditional talk psychotherapy and ketamine.  KAP utilizes ketamine as a psychedelic catalyst to encourage therapeutic breakthroughs and individual growth to treat a variety of mental health conditions.  As a therapeutic modality, KAP can also be helpful for unhealthy patterns of attachment or those wanting to explore existential issues.

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Proven efficacy in treating;

  • Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain (neuropathic pain, chronic regional pain syndrome)
  • Addiction (substance use disorder)
  • Eating Disorders

The body of medical evidence supports ketamine for treatment resistant depression and PTSD has beneficial effects in up to 70% of patients (1, 2, 3). Adding psychotherapy is likely to further enhance the benefits and allow them to endure (4). KAP is becoming increasingly popular as more and more Canadians are experiencing life-changing results.

Our Experts

Dr Mario Nucci
MD CCFP

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Dr Neel Chadha
MD CCFP

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Jordan Gross
Registered Psychotherapist

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Erin Pomanti
RN, Psychotherapist

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Ashley Irwin
M.A., RSW

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LArissa Sparkes
RPN

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Jacob Pollack
MSW, MSc

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Cameron Schallenberg
Registered Psychotherapist

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Yamina Abassi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Jessica Infanti
Registered Practical Nurse

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Julie Myers
MSW, RSW

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