Life is Full of Challenges, Losses, and Change
All that we live through can make an impression on our consciousness and our bodies. Some life experiences may be particularly painful. First, we live through incidents where our own or others’ safety is threatened or violated, on an emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual level. Likewise, things happen when we are too young to process what is occurring. In addition, our nervous system is too overwhelmed to digest the trauma, and it gets stuck.
There may be more subtle and cumulative trauma.
This experience can be in chaotic households or with caregivers who are unable to adequately see and respond to their children. Furthermore, harm is an experience from living in systems of oppression and navigating a society that has a limited sense of what is defined as “normal.” Additionally, many people every day feel devalued, invisible, or have to prove themselves. Others have to fight just to be offered basic dignity.
The Effects of Trauma Can Layer Upon Each Other
All of these experiences HURT. As a result, the effects of trauma can begin to layer, one upon the next, like the surface of a seashell that thickens. The burden becomes so heavy. Psychedelic therapy allows individuals to explore their lived experiences in a safe and supportive environment. our subconscious may bring up what you’ve had to keep in the dark. In fact, all the feelings you carry inside are welcomed.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Helps Process Trauma
When seeking Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) for trauma, individuals are often wanting to have additional tools to process what has happened. They want to be able to change how it impacts their lives. There is a great toll from trauma, regardless of form. Veterans and civilians alike often struggle with intrusive images repeatedly. Firstly, these images replay what happened over and over. Secondly, this forces people to try to push their overwhelming feelings aside. Some experience suicidal ideation, high-risk behaviors, and substance use. Loss of relationships is also common with PTSD.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Trauma: Both Acute and Long-Term Symptoms Are Addressed
Ketamine-assisted therapy can help with both acute symptoms such as reducing suicidal ideation and with longer-term benefits when offered in the context of trauma work. The expansive states of consciousness can be transformative. Additionally, Project Yes therapy clients describe being able to finally feel safer being themselves.
Psychedelic Psychotherapy Can be Helpful Regardless of the Nature of the Trauma.
- Combat trauma
- Military sexual assault
- Car accidents
- Living with parents and partners who are withholding or abusive
- The daily trauma of racism, bias, and bigotry
It isn’t that psychedelic medicine can take it all away. However, psychedelic experiences can offer not only temporary relief from the psychological pain but moreover with seeing oneself as more than the hurt one has lived through.
Trauma Can be Tied to Feelings of Guilt
At times, a person’s trauma is tied to something they have done that they carry a lot of guilt about. For example, perhaps an act that was inconsistent with how they would like to regard themselves. Helplessness and heartbreak can also result from decisions that figures of authority made which ultimately harmed others. Uniquely, the term for this form of psychological pain is called Moral Injury.
It is often seen among combat veterans, emergency responders, journalists, and medical personnel, but can occur for anyone. The consequences include not feeling deserving of love or acceptance from themselves and others. However, KAP can help individuals face what happened, process their feelings more fully, coming to terms with the past.
Kap and Trauma Therapy Offer Opportunities for Clarification
Through trauma therapy combined with KAP, we can develop ways of relating to thoughts and feelings in a way that doesn’t rob us of the present. From there, we clarify what matters most in life and take steps to embrace living more fully.
Confront and Process Difficult Experiences with KAP for Trauma
Like MDMA therapy, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can help individuals recovering from PTSD by helping them confront and process difficult experiences. That may include approaching painful memories, the avoidance of which may maintain PTSD.
Connect With Difficult Emotions
As part of trauma treatment, clients are able to access a bigger range of emotions. This includes ones they may have difficulty connecting within their daily life. Firstly, this can be challenging feelings like grief, sadness, anger, and fear. And secondly, it can also be emotions associated with vitality, such as peace, comfort, acceptance, and love.
Change Cycles of Feelings That Trap You
Ketamine therapy can also help individuals start to change some of the cycles of uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that keep them feeling trapped.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for Trauma is Gentle on the Body
Additionally, in contrast to MDMA therapy for PTSD, which is to take 8 hours, KAP sessions are generally 2-3 hours in length. Furthermore, the experience of medicine itself is also often experienced as fairly gentle on the body. This is helpful in trauma-informed care. Right now in North Carolina, only Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is legal. However, in the coming years, there may be other psychedelic therapy options.
Promote Feelings of Connection and Empathy
Psychedelic therapy helps with trauma healing by promoting a sense of connection and empathy. Thus, many individuals who have experienced trauma may feel isolated or disconnected from others. Psychedelic therapy fosters a sense of connection and empathy, by allowing individuals to feel more connected to themselves, others, and the world around them.
Ketamine Has Empathogen Characteristics
In fact, Ketamine has empathogen characteristics, which can be felt as a sense of oneness and opening of the heart. We may have forgotten, but we are already whole, and have the capacity for love deep within.
Preparation is Key to a Positive Experience
It is important to note that psychedelic experiences, particularly when occurring without preparation, in unsupported settings, and without a way to digest them can themselves be traumatizing. As a result, when clients come to Project Yes PLLC for Ketamine Assisted Therapy, we go through a detailed process to ensure the client feels as ready as possible before engaging in the medical sessions. Additionally, important areas explored include skills to feel more present in their body (reducing going into overwhelm or shut down), what they can expect, and ways they can signal their needs.
An Integrated Team Approach to Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Trauma
Lastly, together with the medical providers we collaborate with, you have a team to take care of you, in a setting where your comfort is at the forefront of your mind. Thus, we empower our clients to also be in charge of their healing. We encourage our clients to commit time and energy to their life to bring what arises in an expanded state of consciousness into who they are in waking life.
Begin Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Trauma in Durham, NC Today
If you have been struggling with past trauma and traditional treatments have not worked we can help. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is a proven alternative treatment that can address symptoms of trauma that have proven treatment-resistant in the past. At Project Yes, Dr. Kholodkov is trained extensively in the KAP Process and is here to help you on your journey to healing through Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and beyond. Follow the steps below to get started:
- Fill out our convenient online contact form here.
- Learn more about Dr. Kholodkov.
- Begin your journey to improved mental health and well-being.
Other Services Offered by Project Yes
In addition to Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, we offer Additional Psychedelic Psychotherapy Services, Psychotherapy Services for Anxiety, Insomnia, Integrative Health, OCD, and Trauma and PTSD as well as Yoga and Meditation Options. We look forward to guiding you on your journey toward optimal physical and mental well-being.
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