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We offer comprehensive treatment for adult individuals with a history of trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief, utilizing effective resources and helping people to tap into their own capacity for inner healing.

Ashlie and Michael work primarily with adults who struggle with:

  • depression
  • shame/guilt
  • trauma
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • spiritual abuse

About Our Process

Guidance and support is provided through individual therapy sessions designed to work toward healing. This is accomplished through uncovering the root of damaging behaviors, identifying and processing difficult emotions, and working in between sessions on structured reading and/or integration activities.

EMDR

We utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to aid in the adaptive processing of unresolved pain or trauma from the past.Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapeutic approach developed to help individuals process and overcome traumatic experiences. It was originally designed to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but has since been applied to various mental health issues. During EMDR sessions, a trained therapist guides the individual through a structured eight-phase process, incorporating bilateral stimulation such as side-to-side eye movements, taps, or auditory tones. The theory behind EMDR suggests that these bilateral stimuli help unlock and process distressing memories, allowing individuals to reprocess them in a more adaptive and less emotionally charged way. It also helps individuals identify negative core beliefs about themselves and transform those into positive truths.The benefits of EMDR include accelerated healing from trauma, reduced emotional distress, and improved overall well-being. EMDR is recognized for its effectiveness in alleviating symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, and depression, making it a valuable tool in the field of mental health therapy. Find out more about EMDR through www.emdria.org.

Quote from client:

“I am so glad I decided to try EMDR. I was going through the darkest time of my life and experiencing extreme anxiety with looping, endless negative movie-like reels going through my head 24/7. EMDR helped me reprocess some very difficult memories and gain a new perspective, face my fears (and I didn’t get too overwhelmed like I thought I would), and establish a more realistic and positive outlook on everything I had experienced. I learned to have compassion and kindness toward myself, and I was honestly surprised at how much better and lighter I felt in just a few sessions. I didn’t need to go to therapy forever after all. EMDR drastically changed me for the better, and it was sustainable. It’s been almost 2 years and I’m still stable with no more therapy and no medication.”

Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAT)

We also offer Ketamine Assisted Therapy as a potential intervention for trauma and depression. We work with medical providers who prescribe the lozenge form of ketamine that clients receive and take in our office under our supervision and facilitation. We also provide preparation and integration sessions for clients who plan to receive ketamine through other providers/clinics via IV or nasal ketamine. These providers/clinics do not offer therapy/integration services, which we believe is an important component to gain the full benefit of the medicine.

There is a growing body of research with positive outcomes associated with Ketamine Assisted Therapy in the realm of mental health treatment. We are deeply committed to the well-being of clients and believe it is crucial to stay informed about emerging therapeutic approaches that may offer significant benefits.

Ketamine, traditionally known as an anesthetic, has been increasingly recognized for its potential in treating various mental health conditions. Research indicates that Ketamine-Assisted Therapy, when administered under professional supervision, has shown promise in alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders. Here are some key points worth considering:

Rapid Relief: Unlike traditional antidepressants that may take weeks to show effects, ketamine has been associated with rapid relief from symptoms. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing acute distress.

Treatment-Resistant Conditions: Ketamine has demonstrated efficacy in cases where other treatment modalities may have been less effective. This makes it a valuable option for individuals with treatment-resistant depression or other challenging mental health conditions.

Neuroplasticity and Connectivity: Studies suggest that ketamine may contribute to neuroplasticity and increased connectivity in the brain. This could potentially lead to long-term positive changes in neural pathways associated with mood regulation.

Enhanced Therapeutic Process: When used in a therapeutic context, ketamine may facilitate deeper introspection and more profound insights during psychotherapy sessions. This can enhance the overall therapeutic process and contribute to the effectiveness of talk therapy.

Safe Administration: When administered by trained professionals in a controlled environment, ketamine has been deemed safe. Close monitoring ensures the well-being of the individual throughout the session.

It is essential to note that while the potential benefits of KAT are promising, each client’s case is unique. As with any therapeutic intervention, a comprehensive assessment and consideration of individual factors are crucial before incorporating KAT into a treatment plan.

We encourage you to explore this evolving field further and please feel free to reach out if you would like more information or resources on this topic. You may also read more at https://www.askp.org/patients/

Quotes from clients:

“Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAT) has been a transformative experience in managing my life’s challenges. Previously grappling with severe anxiety and depression, I was initially advised to pursue medication. However, opting for KAT instead proved to be a decision I’m thankful for. Notably, it didn’t eliminate my anxiety and depression, but it empowered me to navigate through these feelings without becoming overwhelmed or incapacitated. Over a year into KAT, I’ve observed significant personal growth. My focus has sharpened, particularly in self-improvement and advancing my recovery from addiction. I’m now more equipped to handle intense emotions like anxiety and depression as they arise. Additionally, KAT has nurtured a deeper self-appreciation and empathy within me. For anyone battling crippling anxiety and depression, I highly endorse considering Ketamine Assisted Therapy as a potential path to healing.”

“Ketamine assisted therapy has been eye opening and significant in my recovery. This has allowed me to access emotions and my thought process in a non-judgmental and loving manner. These experiences have improved my ability to express my areas of difficulty more accurately. Having the support and validation of a therapist throughout this process has been paramount. Previously using nasal ketamine from home with minimal improvement. I would highly recommend ketamine assisted therapy to those feeling overwhelmed by difficult emotions.”

“My Ketamine Assisted Therapy is a deeply meaningful experience in my recovery journey. The experience helps me make connections to myself in ways that have allowed me to better understand who I am. The journey also gave a lasting sense of openness and peace that I have taken on my path of recovery. The effects still remind me that I have all that I need and that in the end, I will be alright.”

Telehealth Sessions

For Idaho and Washington residents, we offer the option of doing counseling sessions through telephone or secure video.