Dr. Doss is a meta-physician who has spent his professional career working in various fields of medicine and public health. His interest in ketamine and psychedelic-assisted medicine started after the loss of a friend who struggled with burnout and depression. He believes that mental health treatment in the country has hit a wall in terms of advancements, and that the pure medical model does not meet the needs of the population. As a preventive medicine provider, he understands that the biopsychosocial approach is how we can help address the increasing rates of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, and suicide. Dr. Doss believes that ketamine assisted-psychotherapy is the practical application of this model in the clinical setting, as the medication is a tool to complement therapy and not a cure itself. He is a firm believer in post-traumatic growth, and seeks for all his patients to become stronger after experiencing trauma.
Dr. Doss has received graduate medical education training in internal medicine, anesthesiology, and environmental & occupational medicine. He also received Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy training at the Ketamine Training Center under the supervision of Dr. Paul Wolfson. His current professional interests are in the application of occupational health psychology to improve the quality of work life and promote the health and well-being of workers. Dr. Doss will also be contributing to clinical research in this field to expand on the already compelling evidence.
Kyle Keller is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and Certified Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapist by the California Institute of Integrative Therapies (CIIS). Kyle has 15 years of experience working across a wide variety of settings, and draws inspiration from various psychological and philosophical orientations, scientific models, and art forms.
Kyle first came across psychedelic research from the 1950s and 1960s while studying transpersonal psychology in his undergraduate psychology program, and has since been increasingly intrigued by their implications across multiple domains of knowledge, including psychology, philosophy, history and sociology. Of particular interest, is the longstanding relationship that human beings have had with psychedelic substances, and how these may play a role in the shaping of both culture and belief system across cultures and millenia.
Kyle currently practices as a Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist and plans to help facilitate MDMA and psilocybin therapy as these become available for clinic use. Kyle is currently in the process of completing the MDMA Therapy Training program through MAPs.
Kyle is also a musician, and aims to deepen his understanding of how music, art and design can be leveraged to optimize “set and setting” and contribute to healing experiences. Kyle strives to incorporate creativity and collaboration into every session.
Kyle has experience working with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and specializes in working with OCD (including religiosity, and “pure O”).
Réka Kerlin is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 12 years of experience in mental health. Réka was born in Budapest, Hungary and completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Boston, Massachusetts. Réka first got interested in trauma research and treatment as a teenager, after having read and feeling deeply impacted by the book “Trauma and Recovery” by Judith Herman . While in Hungary, she has done work with traumatized children and families and participated in several research projects surrounding trauma, including but not limited to a study examining how trauma affects attachment styles and sleep patterns, and examining family dynamics in the context of Rorschach testing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she has worked as a clinical research coordinator on a large multisite study at Harvard Medical School, that looked at the connection between trauma, biological, genetic and psychological markers and the first onset and prognosis of psychosis. It is during that time that - as part of her job duties - Réka attended a talk at Harvard by a visiting scientist, and first heard about the enormous healing potentials of psychedelics. She has been eagerly following the research since, for over a decade now.
After her research job, Réka spent several years working in community mental health, with a highly traumatized, low income, racially diverse client population struggling with severe mental illness and addiction. Réka was fortunate to work in a setting that took a trauma informed approach and put a large emphasis on ongoing trauma training and evidence based methods.
Réka currently works in private practice. Some of her favorite modalities of trauma treatment include internal family systems, dialectical behavior therapy and elements of existential and Jungian approaches.
Réka’s lifelong passion has been combining her love of neuroscience with her excitement for personal growth and healing. She is thrilled about incredible potential psychedelics have in treating PTSD and other mental health conditions.
Therapy is an exploration of how our experiences have shaped our understanding and perception of the world. Experiences can lead us to positive and negative perceptions of who we are in relationship to ourselves and others. My goal in therapy is to assist others in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves.
My training is based on Adlerian psychotherapy and incorporates many different styles and from other disciplines. I believe that knowledge comes from many areas in our life and seek to utilize knowledge from music, history, philosophy, and art. Healing is an individualized process. I believe that every person has the knowledge and ability for self-healing, and sometimes we need another person to help as a guide or to provoke new ideas. I respect and encourage the autonomy of every individual that I work with, and honor the stories shared with me.
Relationships between others and to ourselves is a collection of stories and memories. Learning to heal begins with being able to connect to certain stories and memories in a new way. Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy offers ways to understand in a profound way so that we can gain greater agency within our lives. Through my training and experience my hope is to bring new and innovative therapies to those struggling with the complexities of life.
I have worked with many populations of individuals and have focused on Serious and Persistent Mental Health, LGBTQ issues, suicidality, Borderline Personality Disorder, and individuals with significant trauma histories.
Kayla Felten, MSW, LICSW (she/her) has been an advocate for religious trauma and spiritual abuse survivors throughout her career, which has brought her to psychedelic assisted psychotherapy work as an additional focus to support those in the process of reclaiming inner peace, relational harmony, autonomy, pleasure, and identity. Kayla was initially invited to facilitate support groups for survivors of spiritual abuse due to abuses of power taking place in plant medicine and yogi contexts. This work allows her to bring her focus full-circle in taking inventory of the spiritual power dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, particularly when inviting medicine into that relationship.
As a clinical social worker, I provide trauma-informed care as well as Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to adults seeking support as they navigate their own unique path to inner peace and relational harmony. With over 2 years experience facilitating support groups and retreats for folks who have experienced religious trauma and/or spiritual abuse through the Reclamation Collective, my approach to the therapeutic relationship is to focus on how individuals can reclaim their identity, pleasure, and autonomy following trauma.
My areas of professional interest include religious trauma, spiritual abuse, sexual trauma, LGBTQ+ identity development and growth, and Spiritual Identity Development. I value sex positivity and use harm reduction and minority stress-informed perspectives to guide my practice.
Michael is a clinical social worker with an integrative and holistic approach to psychotherapy. His practice is rooted in mindfulness, CBT and DBT approaches, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and contemporary Psychodynamic therapy. His work also draws from the mind-body connection, spirituality, social/cultural influences, neuroscience, and compassion.
In addition to mental health work, Michael has long had an interest in complementary and alternative medicine, meditation, and cross-cultural healing practices. Nearly every culture has accessed some form of non-ordinary state(s) of consciousness throughout history, and these states have been used for deep healing, gaining important insights and wisdom, eliminating blocks to living well, connecting with something larger than oneself, and opening the door for positive change and growth. Safely accessing these states may provide hope and change to individuals who have hit a wall, or have struggled to find help with traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry. Michael believes that Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy fits into the paradigm of holistic healing, and he is excited to be a part of making this powerful therapy more available to clients in the safety and effectiveness of a clinical setting.
Michael has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Holistic Health Studies, as well as a Bachelor's degree in English. He has advanced training in trauma and grief work, and was trained in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy by Polaris Insight Center. Issues that Michael commonly works with include: grief, loss, gender identity, sexual identity, depression, anxiety, trauma, transitions, relationships, spirituality, stress reduction, and resilience.
Michael brings a warm and non-judgmental presence to his work. He emphasizes safety, attunement, humor, and enjoys being a helper and companion to others as they discover and grow in their own strength and wisdom. He has deep gratitude for this work, and for the privilege of being an ally to others on their path to healing.
Kile is a pre-licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) who has previous experience in a community-based setting and in-office settings. Kile uses his systemic understanding to reshape how our relational ties (past and present) impact who we are and what problems we face today.
More specifically, Kile’s clinical work finds itself at the crossroads of existential philosophy, the interdependent nature of being and balancing out the foundational principles of compassion for all those who suffer. In his journey to continuously build compassion, he attempts to create a therapeutic context so others may give themselves the permission to be human. With the ultimate goal of helping others learn how to create that compassionate context for themselves in all their relationships. For Kile believes that full acceptance of ourselves, our contexts, and the others we are with is our most powerful remedy for suffering.
Kile has experience working with individuals who have experienced Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and has a passion for couples and family/systems/relational work.
Kristen prefers to assist those clients who identify as transgender, or at any space on the
gender spectrum, as well as the broader LGBTQ+ community. Kristen is a certified End-of-Life
Doula, and enjoys working with clients who are experiencing bereavement, grief and loss.
Kristen also assists persons who have concerns with trauma, depression, anxiety, military affairs,
domestic violence, and individuals who have worked in the sex industry.
One of the main intentions of her work in mental health, is to assist individuals with
feeling less alone in this world, and finding peace from within, so that it can be spread externally
in one’s life. Through the process of Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP), it is her hope that those
who have struggled to find something that works for them, are now able to work through some of
the aspects of life, that may be blocking them from reaching their personal goals.
Clients can expect unconditional acceptance and compassion, while learning to cope with
and assess one’s own circumstances, with healthy guidance. When we are shamed for simply
who we are, how can we ever learn to be authentically ourselves? It is Kristen’s goal to assist
clients in developing a strong and healthy sense of self, sprinkled with a ton of authenticity.
Kristen’s specialties include: Transgender/Gender identity concerns, LGBTQ+ community,
Death, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Sex work, Veterans affairs, and First
Techniques used are individualized to meet the needs of each client, but the basis of Kristen’s work is reached through Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Transpersonal Therapy,
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Person-Centered and Existential Therapy.
Nikki Braaten, LPCC (she/her) employs a systems-based, narrative approach emphasizing empowerment and collaborating with individuals on their healing journey. She enjoys incorporating CBT, creative forms of mindfulness, self-care prioritization and family of origin work in her practice and strives to operate from a trauma-informed lens and practice cultural humility. Nikki particularly enjoys couple and relational work, family of origin healing and helping individuals grow in their confidence setting boundaries and asserting their needs and feelings.
Nikki relishes joining clients on a journey through the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness, facilitating and observing inner healing intelligence taking the front seat. In contrast to typical ‘talk therapy’ Nikki believes the use of psychedelic assisted therapy allows individuals to tap into their own expertise for healing and growth.
Nikki has a Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychological Services, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Sciences. She has extensive training in trauma work such as Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and enjoys reflecting on and processing family of origin dynamics. Her curiosity has always been driven by the significance of personal relationships and experiences within family systems and their impact on attachment, identity, and how one experiences and perceives the world.
Targeted areas Nikki commonly attends to include: family of origin dynamics, relational challenges, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, spirituality and stress management.
Nikki brings a sense of humor, authenticity, directness and a warmth to her work with clients. She prioritizes a non-judgmental environment for all, an elevated platform for growth and learning, and a gentle but concrete balance of validation with accountability. She humbly approaches each client relationship with gratitude, honoring the opportunity to join others in such a vulnerable, unvarnished space.
The Institute for Integrative Therapies is dedicated to the advancement of psychedelics in the field of mental health. Our mission is to promote the development, knowledge and use of psychedelic therapy for the cultivation of meaning, wholeness and psychological healing. We provide psychedelic therapy at our clinic in Minnesota, and believe that healed individuals can change society.
Across time, geography, and culture, people have accessed non-ordinary states of consciousness to heal the mind, inspire new habits and excite transformative experiences. Our modern disconnect from these states plays no small part in our mounting mental health crisis. To address this, IIT takes a meaning-centered approach to healing, using evidence-based psychedelic medicine and compassion-focused talk therapy to help people explore their minds, cultivate self-compassion and reconnect to deep sources of purpose. We cannot undo the pain of the past, but we can change what it means for us to be here, now.
To promote the knowledge and use of psychedelic therapy for achieving recovery, wholeness and psychological well being.
To use psychedelic therapy to help individuals develop resiliency, deepen their sense of purpose and social connectedness
To change the narrative around non-ordinary states of consciousness through the development of ethical & evidence-based therapy
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