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Florida Healthy Minds, Inc.

Providing Specialized Evidence-Based Therapies

NOW with the option to enhance healing with the revolutionary new Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

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For PTSD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Somatic Pain, and complications from traumatic Brain Injury

Talk therapy can provide relief of cognitive patterns that patients can identify and work diligently to change through challenging belief systems.  This process can take months, even years at times to be beneficial for a patient to make concrete change.  Many patients have taken antidepressants with little to no relief and end up feeling increasingly frustrated and hopeless.

Our facility offers an alternative and quicker way to relief for patients.  EMDR, Brainspotting and Somatic Therapy work with body stored memories and repatterining neuropathways.  This can help with body stored pain and uncontrollable emotional reactions that seemingly do not make sense to the patient.

We Now offer the option to combine the previous named therapies along with the revolutionary medicine of Ketamine.  As Ketamine immediately targets neuroplasticity adding specialized psychotherapy creates a cumulative effects for more effective and rapid change.  This powerful combination of treatment can create quick and lasting symptom reduction for people who have suffered for years.  

A professionally guided session will assist with targeting goals for the medicine and healing.  This offers an opportunity to boost the psychological effects of the medicine as you would be receiving the treatment with a specific plan and purpose allowing the medicine to help shift specific neuropathways by decreasing defenses and opening up processing in a safe and nurturing setting.  Your trusted therapist will also guide you through your treatment and help incorporate the shifts that take place while receiving the medicine.

Ms Charette is a trusted provider who can identify with the struggles of her patients.  She herself has utilized Ketamine therapy to assist with lingering physical, mental and emotional effects after a brain injury in 2017. Since receiving the treatment herself she was astounded by the incredible benefits that it personally had within a week of starting.  This experience moved her to alter the course of her practice and dedicate herself to training and specializing in KAP.  She has a passion for the power of the medicine and is dedicated to creating a safe and healing environment for her patients.  As she has received the treatments herself she is a valuable resource for questions and can offer comfort to those who are feeling nervous about what to expect. 

We surely look forward to being part of your healing journey regardless of the treatment modalities you choose. Your treatment will be tailored specifically to your needs and desires. 

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Ketamine Assisted 
Psychotherapy

 

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) combines ketamine with psychotherapeutic techniques to treat conditions such as PTSD, depression, pain, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here's how KAP may help in these cases:

  1. PTSD: KAP can help individuals with PTSD by combining the therapeutic benefits of both ketamine and psychotherapy. Ketamine's ability to induce altered states of consciousness and enhance emotional processing may facilitate the therapeutic process during psychotherapy sessions. The dissociative effects of ketamine can potentially help individuals access and process traumatic memories in a controlled and supported environment, reducing the emotional intensity associated with them.

  2. Depression: KAP has shown promise in the treatment of depression. By combining the rapid-acting antidepressant effects of ketamine with psychotherapy, individuals can explore and work through underlying issues contributing to their depression in a more open and receptive state of mind. Ketamine's ability to enhance neuroplasticity and promote the formation of new neural connections may also aid in addressing depressive symptoms and promoting long-term healing.

  3. Pain: KAP can be beneficial for individuals experiencing chronic pain. Ketamine's analgesic properties can help reduce pain levels, while psychotherapy techniques employed during KAP sessions can assist individuals in managing pain-related distress and improving their coping mechanisms. Additionally, the altered states of consciousness induced by ketamine may help individuals develop a different relationship with their pain and gain new insights into its impact on their lives.

  4. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): KAP may be used with other treatments to aid in the recovery from TBI. Ketamine's neuroprotective properties, such as reducing inflammation and promoting neuroplasticity, can support the brain's healing process. Psychotherapy sessions during KAP can help individuals address TBI's emotional and psychological impact, manage associated symptoms, and work towards post-injury adjustment and well-being.

EMDR &
Brainspotting

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a psychotherapy technique to help individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences or distressing memories. While the exact mechanisms of how EMDR works are not fully understood, it is believed to have several effects on the brain that contribute to its therapeutic benefits. Here are some ways in which EMDR may help the brain:

  1. Memory reconsolidation: EMDR appears to facilitate the reprocessing and integration of traumatic memories. During an EMDR session, the therapist guides the client to recall the distressing memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, which can involve eye movements, taps, or sounds. This bilateral stimulation activates the brain's information processing systems, allowing the individual to reprocess the memory and form new associations. This process may help the traumatic memory to be stored in a more adaptive and less distressing way.

  2. Desensitization: EMDR aims to reduce the emotional distress associated with traumatic memories. By repeatedly revisiting the distressing memory during EMDR sessions while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, it is thought that the emotional charge of the memory can be diminished. This process is known as desensitization, and it can reduce the intensity of negative emotions and symptoms associated with the traumatic experience.

  3. Integration of information: Traumatic experiences can sometimes be stored in isolated memory networks and not fully integrated with other memories and beliefs. EMDR helps connect the memory's fragmented aspects with more adaptive and positive information. This integration process may lead to a more comprehensive and balanced understanding of the traumatic experience and oneself.

  4. Neurobiological changes: EMDR may also have effects on the brain's neurobiology. Research suggests that EMDR can influence the amygdala, a brain region involved in emotional processing, decreasing its reactivity. Additionally, EMDR has been found to increase activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions such as decision-making and emotional regulation. These neurobiological changes may contribute to a reduction in anxiety and distress associated with traumatic memories.

Somatic therapy can help address both physical and emotional pain. Here's how somatic treatment can aid in pain management:

  1. Body awareness: Somatic therapy helps individuals develop a heightened awareness of bodily sensations and signals. This increased awareness allows individuals to notice pain more acutely, understand its patterns, and recognize its triggers. By becoming more attuned to their bodies, individuals can gain insights into the root causes of their pain and make more informed decisions about managing it.

  2. Regulation of the nervous system: Somatic therapy techniques focus on regulating the autonomic nervous system, which plays a crucial role in pain perception and response. By engaging in activities that promote relaxation and reduce stress, such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness practices, somatic therapy helps calm the sympathetic nervous system (associated with the "fight-or-flight" response) and activate the parasympathetic nervous system (associated with relaxation). This regulation can help alleviate pain by reducing muscle tension, promoting circulation, and encouraging a sense of calm.

  3. Release of physical tension: Emotional and psychological stress can often manifest as physical tension in the body, contributing to pain. Somatic therapy techniques, such as bodywork, gentle movement exercises, or somatic experiencing, help individuals release physical tension and unwind patterns of holding or bracing in the body. By addressing and releasing these physical tensions, individuals may experience reduced pain symptoms.

  4. Resolving trauma-related pain: Traumatic experiences can significantly impact the body and contribute to chronic pain. Somatic therapy approaches specifically addressing trauma, such as somatic experiencing or sensorimotor psychotherapy, can help individuals process and release unresolved trauma-associated energy. As trauma-related tensions and sensations are discharged from the body, pain symptoms may decrease or resolve.

  5. Integration of body and mind: Somatic therapy emphasizes the integration of the mind and body, recognizing that emotional and psychological factors can influence the experience of pain. By exploring pain's emotional and cognitive dimensions, individuals can gain insights into the underlying factors that contribute to their pain. This integrated approach allows for a more comprehensive understanding of pain and supports developing coping strategies that address physical and emotional aspects.

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