Brainspotting and Low-Dose Ketamine Intensive
Brainspotting is a powerful somatic psychotherapy that involves the use of eye movements, focal eye positions and the identification of “brainspots” – areas of the brain that hold traumatic memories or emotions. Through focused attention on these brainspots, a trained therapist can help clients process and release the underlying emotions and memories associated with them. Brainspotting has been used to treat conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. As a somatic psychotherapy, it has profound effects on releasing trauma and stress and assisting the nervous system to return to coherence.
By combining Brainspotting with ketamine, clients can benefit from both of these powerful modalities. With therapist guidance, the client can utilize a low (psycholytic) dose of ketamine to help “unlock” and facilitate the processing of traumatic memories or emotions during a brainspotting session. Ketamine can assist with lowering defenses and vigilance (creating a strong container for the processing) and thereby increasing access to process challenging material with less overwhelm, while the Brainspotting and somatic work can help clients release the charge of stored trauma and return to balance.
A Brainspotting and ketamine intensive is a 3-hour session and can be done for 1- 3 days in a row. The sessions are curated and designed to meet your needs and can assist you in clearing blocks in a short period of time.
These intensives can be supportive if you are:
- interested in experiencing ketamine, but aren’t ready to do a psychedelic dose
- feeling stuck and want to do a deep dive to address your concerns
- experience overwhelm when processing in therapy
- struggling with PTSD/complex PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, grief, and anxiety
- having a difficult time accessing or focusing on your emotions/issues
- have completed a full psychedelic-assisted therapy journey with ketamine and would like to do a block session for maintenance, or to work through another layer that has emerged
- may experience side effects from a full dose of ketamine
A full medical evaluation and diagnostic assessment are required to assess if an intensive would be safe and effective for you.
Currently, these intensives are being offered by Mariya Javed-Payne, our Chief Clinical Officer. She is a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, Consultant, and International Brainspotting Trainer. She is one of the most experienced Brainspotting therapists in the Midwest.