Ketamine assisted psychotherapy
Ketamine, classified as a dissociative anesthetic, can be used off-label in psychotherapy at lower doses to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness in which change is possible to occurs more easily and often in greater depth. It can reduce depressive and anxious states, the stress-tolerance window can increase and patients might find it easier to open up, which allows them to experience themselves in a new and different way. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can lead to more self-compassion, clarity and confidence.
In recent years, ketamine has been increasingly used to treat major depressive disorders, as well as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, but also (complex) PTSD and addictions. Since ketamine promotes neuroplasticity, it is ideal for combining with different therapeutic methods.
The seminar consists of a theoretical and a practical parts. In addition to the theoretical background, you will learn very specifically, the process and implementation of a ketamine assisted psychotherapy session. What needs to be clarified beforehand (indication and contraindication, off-label use, consent process, types of experiences), how is the session prepared, carried out and followed up. You have the opportunity to experience the effect yourself, as well as to take on the role of psychotherapist and to accompany a session.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy integrates various psychotherapeutic methods to enable new experiences and to integrate unprocessed memories.
- Introduction to Ketamine and history of the use of Ketamine in Psychotherapy
- Paradigms of Treatment
- Indication, contraindication, risks and side effects
- Working with altered states of consciousness
- Set and Setting
- Guiding Principles: Inner Healing Intelligence, Inner Directed Approach, Healing Through the Direct Experience
- Map of Consciousness and Types of Experiences
- Ethical Guidelines
- Preparation, Session, Integration
- Therapist's Attitude, Transference, Countertransference
- (Complex) PTSD and Cognitive and Physical Processing
- self care
- IFS (Internal Family Systems)
- Body-Oriented Techniques: Polyvagal Theory, Types of Touch, Role of Touch
Continuing education credits are requested.
→ Berlin, 18th to 22nd of april 2023
Dr. med. Mario Scheib
Specialist for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy
Languages: English, German, Spanish
Active in the fields of internal medicine, general medicine and psychiatry, as well as an emergency physician.
1984 GP practice in Frankfurt with psychosomatic orientation.
1988 Practice for psychotherapy in Frankfurt am Main.
Organization and realization of training doctors in the area of transcultural psychosomatic and traditional medicine in Sri Lanka and Peru. Scientific work on the South American psychoanalysis history.
Education as leader of “balintguppen” and lecturer in autogenic training.
Since 1995, courses for basic psychosomatic care for doctors with recognition by the medical associations in Germany and the Ministry of Health of the Balearic Islands.
Since 2001 practice and beds for psychotherapy treatment and addiction treatment in Palma de Mallorca, associated with Palmaclinic and the Hospital Quirón Palmaplanas
Organization and management of medical training in Spain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates,
inter alia, in the areas of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Addiction Medicine, Pain Therapy, relaxation techniques, hypnosis, sexual medicine.
Veronika Gold MA, LMFT, Co-founder and CEO of Polaris Insight Center
She works as a therapist, trainer and supervisor for Ketamine- and MDMA- assisted therapy. Veronika earned her MA degree in Clinical Psychology from the Charles University in Prague, and her MA degree in Integral Counseling from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Organic Intelligence Expert, Realization Process Teacher and EMDR Certified Therapist, Approved Consultant and training facilitator. Since 2016 she has worked as a sub-investigator and co-therapist on Phase 2 and Phase 3 MAPS-sponsored clinical trials for MDMA-assisted therapy for treatment of PTSD. She also serves as a MAPS supervisor and is a trainer in training. She and her colleagues at Polaris Insight Center developed and are offering a comprehensive 10-module theoreticalp training, Introductory-Intermediate-Advanced 5-day experiential trainings, and supervision in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. Veronika is not only committed to ethical care and training of the future generation of psychedelic therapists, but as well to ethical and conscious psychedelic business practice and fair training and treatment opportunities.
Frauke Nees, Holder of a master's degree in Psychology, Hypnosis (DGH), Person Centered Psychotherapy (Carl Rogers, GwG, HPG), treatment of patients with (complex) PTSD: PITT (Psychodynamic Imaginative Trauma Therapy), »Traumatic Stress Studies« Bessel van der Kolk, IFS (level 3), Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (Polarisinsight, San Francisco, Ketamin Training Center Phil Wolfson and HealingRealms Center in San Francisco), Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies, Certified Practitioner bei AIN (Applied Improvisation Network).
She is also an experienced improviser, clown and a professional Tango dancer with in-depth experience of the Argentine culture. Excursions for psychotherapists to Cuba , Colombia and Argentina: Psychology within context of culture, politics and history.
Ketamin Assisted Psychotherapy: integrating Hypnosis, IFS and bodywork.
Initiating and co-organizing the first conference in Germany about Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (Online 13.10.21).
Here you can listen to all talks: www.ketamin-kongress.de