Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a therapeutic approach that combines the dissociative-anesthetic medicine, Ketamine, with supportive and integrative psychotherapy. Ketamine is either taken sublingually (SL) in lozenge form, or intramuscularly (IM) via injection. Ketamine, when used in the dosage range utilized in KAP, induces a profound, visionary altered state of consciousness. Such a journey allows one to explore inner depths and relationships, past memories and trauma, while having access to realms of experience described as cosmic, mystic, or divine.
Due to the intensity of these experiences, it is important that clients be prepared and supported. We do this first, by intentionally preparing the environment to foster safety, trust and relaxation; second, by preparing you beforehand—psychologically and emotionally—to navigate the journey; and third, by being present with you throughout the experience, so that you always have a knowledgeable, experienced facilitator to assist in navigating your journey.
Upon returning to ordinary consciousness, there will be much to process. The stage of returning and remembering is a vital aspect of KAP, where insights can be brought back, processed and digested into takeaways for integration into your daily life. Having a therapist familiar with these journeys and their integration can greatly enhance the long-term impact of Ketamine, and be helpful for grounding, and finding one’s equilibrium after coming back from such a transformative experience.
What Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy offers is the most powerful form of experiential learning currently legal and available in this country. Similar to indigenous, shamanic traditions (for example, the Peyote ceremonies of the Native American Church and Ayahuasca ceremonies of the indigenous Amazonian tribes), we seek to prepare, initiate, and support those seeking healing through this transformative process. Additionally, we draw on relevant psychotherapeutic approaches, including transpersonal psychotherapy, attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness and meditative practices, EMDR, and Somatic Therapy, in order to process, integrate and stabilize the new experience gained through KAP.
With KAP, in contrast to Ketamine IV clinics (or treatments like Spravado), we see the client as the primary agent of healing. We look not to the drug, but rather to the internal resources of the client to catalyze healing and growth. In more medicalized models, the altered state is minimized and seen as an undesirable side-effect, while the biological impact of the drug is given the credit for positive change. From our perspective, such a framework is disempowering, and promotes a passive role in one’s own healing. So long as one sees taking a drug as the primary agent of change, healing is contingent on taking that drug.
In contrast, current research finds that the altered state, particularly when it reaches a level described as mystical or unitary, is the best predictor of positive change. We see Ketamine as a catalyst for change, granting access to realms of experience previously inaccessible (e.g., joy, peace, connectedness, love, courage, empowerment); we utilize it as a useful tool for unfolding one’s life. The ultimate goal is not that you remain dependent on a substance to maintain positive feelings, but that based on the new experience gained through KAP, you learn to live the richer vision and felt experience you have accessed.
Rafael Gonzalez-Vizoso, M.D.
Transformational Recovery Services
Originally from Puerto Rico and Spain, Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso began his post-secondary education at Brooklyn College where he earned his BA in chemistry while fulfilling pre-med requirements, graduating Cum Laude. He completed his medical school education at Harvard Medical School where he also researched Tropical Medicine. His internship was at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a Tufts University Medical School affiliated program, and his residency in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center. He has been board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine since 1996. He has practiced Emergency Medicine in multiple settings—from Level 2 Trauma Centers in urban settings to rural hospitals—since his graduation from residency in 1994. He is currently the Medical Director for Emergency Services at a critical care access, rural hospital in eastern Washington.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine at the University of Washington Medical School for 5 years. He engaged in outcomes research as the medical director of Health Research Associates, where he co-authored papers, wrote grants and led studies for 10 years. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Lightshine, a non-profit dealing with the care of orphans with attachment disorders, and has traveled extensively on behalf of this organization throughout Central and South America.
Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso’s interest in KAP was sparked by the dearth of options available for mental health patients in crisis, as well as people with addiction disorders. This motivated him to delve into the latest research in the use of psychedelics for mental health. He has used Ketamine as an anesthetic in the emergency medicine setting as an aid for painful procedures and rapid sequence intubation for over 25 years, and is very familiar with the use and safety profile of Ketamine. During his training for KAP, Rafael experienced first-hand its amazing effects. In association with Ketamine-trained psychotherapists, he has become increasingly active in the field of applying psychedelics in mental health settings.
Rafael also holds two black belts in two different styles of martial arts, and is an avid free diver and cyclist. He has actively engaged in a spiritual practice for over 25 years. He also writes poetry but is not ready to show anyone yet.
Janet Elizabeth Colli, Ph.D.
My psychotherapy practice has specialized in spiritual awakening ever since my own healing was catalyzed by a spiritually transformative experience in the context of cancer at the age of thirty. I realized the healing power of altered states firsthand, as a dream of dolphins inspired my own physical healing. Yet such transformation is a natural evolutionary process that everyone can access. I completed my graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at The Union Institute in 1997, in order to facilitate healing that can take us from trauma to transcendence.
Thus began my personal and professional investigation of the relationship between trauma and the transpersonal. I participated in the Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT), where we explored the birth process as a model for psycho-spiritual transformation, and accessed non-ordinary states through Holotropic Breathwork™. With expertise in clinical and transpersonal psychology, I found that those who have experienced trauma or a dark night of the soul often develop special awareness. I authored The Dark Face of Heaven: True Stories of Transcendence Through Trauma.
Nowhere is radical healing more evident than in spiritual emergency, when the emergence of disruptive symptoms leads to the restructuring of one’s psyche. I have facilitated transformational crises for 20 years, working with altered and extreme states ranging from Kundalini awakening to awareness of the subtle realm. I now facilitate Spiritual Emergence Seattle—a consultation service integrating psycho-spiritual, physiological & community support. I present professionally at the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE). My most recent published article in a peer-reviewed journal: “Am I Crazy or Spiritually Transforming? Beyond the Differentiation of Psychiatric and Spiritually Transformative Experiences.”
With Ketamine, my cosmic nature unfolded. I was completely absorbed by blue-grey light—it was the totality of everything: a form of love that is (or underlies) everything. What I glimpsed may have matched ‘Dharmakaya’ in Buddhism. Not heaven but the basis of all existence. What was left of me more or less identified with a Cosmic Mother… and Whale! I authored “What’s Love Got to Do with It: Healing Depression with Ketamine.” Facilitating healing through Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is truly a dream come true.
Thomas Edward Beck, Ph.D.
For over 25 years as a transpersonal psychotherapist, I have helped to radically restructure psyches—on a higher level of functioning. My own neuro-physiological restructuring was initiated through a Kundalini awakening. Just as my own nervous system was reset, I now help others actively engage in their own upgrade. I teach the sacred practices of mindfulness meditation and lucid dreaming, and introduce brain neuroplasticity—our innate ability to transition from trauma to transcendence. My first book, The End of Homo Sapiens: And the Birth of a New Species, is a compelling account of humanity’s spiritual awakening, and is, above all, a guidebook to awakening. I am convinced that a phase shift into a higher-order species has already begun.
Through extensive meditation since the mid-1980s, I experience expanded states, including Unity consciousness—a profound awareness of, and connection to the Super-consciousness. One result of this expansion is my ability to heal people from a wide range of illnesses, some of which are genetic disorders, through energy transmission. I currently work with Galantamine, extracted from the Snowdrop plant, to induce lucid dreams. I was initiated into expanded states via meditation and otherworldly beings.
Very early in life, at the age of four, I had a “close encounter” (CE) with a diminutive female being whom I refer to as Cosmic Mother. She greatly enhanced my brain and expanded my mind by gazing directly into my eyes. I am now aware of the presence of Cosmic Mother in my life again. For over 25 years, I have worked professionally as a psychotherapist with CE experiencers, as well as other heightened states of consciousness.
I completed my graduate studies in Transpersonal Psychology at The Union Institute in 1996. I underwent Hypnotherapy training with The Wellness Institute in Issaquah, Washington in 1995. Along with my partner, Janet Colli, I have published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies; and the Journal of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM), most notably, Unity Consciousness: A Quantum Bio-Mechanical Foundation.
Scott Ross, M.A.
Director of Therapy and Training
I received my masters in counseling psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2011 and have been practicing psychotherapy ever since. My practice emphasizes the value of the therapeutic relationship, for therapy is not about the tools, techniques, or advice that we offer to clients. Therapy, at its core, involves the fostering of a dynamic, honest, compassionate, trusting relationship between the therapist and client—requiring both parties to fully show up and be vulnerable.
As a practicing clinician I have come to realize trauma rarely goes away by talking about it. Trauma alters our consciousness, both in the moments it is formed, and in its lasting impact on how we respond to the world. Transformation comes when we stop seeking to regain normalcy, and instead choose to face our suffering directly, learn from it, and discover the deeper realities of life which transcend it. I have witnessed such transformations in my clients and have experienced it myself firsthand.
Psychedelics have been integral for my own healing. They resolved existential issues like the fear of death—in a single experience—which 25 years of religious study and practice was unable to do. As a lifelong sufferer of severe migraines, psychedelics taught me how to regulate stress and environmental stimulus so that I rarely if ever get migraines anymore. Psychedelics are not miracle drugs; they require too much of us to be given such a name. But they do open up realms of consciousness where we can gain a greater level of insight into our lives that is difficult to attain through other methods alone.
I have found the Ketamine-state to be profound, fun, moving, deeply relaxing, and healing. There are many ways to heal our suffering, but not all are created equal. Ketamine is one of a handful of medicines that asks us to fully participate in our own healing. I have encountered few things in life that have such power to transform one’s heart. Knowing firsthand what Ketamine has to offer, I am grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with others.
Emma Knighton, M.A.
In the Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy space, my intention is to act as a midwife to your intrinsic and instinctual healing process, to hold you in unconditional love and acceptance as you navigate your journey, and to offer my expertise as a co-pilot to your inner healing intelligence.
My work as a trauma-informed therapist has led me to the deep belief that we have an incredible innate capacity for healing. It is common for people who have experienced significant life changes, challenging relationship dynamics, and trauma to feel a sense of disconnection from their inner self, their bodies, and their relationships. It can often feel as if the weight of those experiences are blocking you from fully engaging in your present life. I specialize in assisting you to activate your inner healing intelligence, remove barriers to growth, and build unity within yourself and the universe around you.
I hold a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University, a Graduate level certificate in Psychedelic Assisted-Therapies and Research from The California Institute of Integral Studies, and a Master’s level certificate in Holistic Health from St. Catherine University. I am also a registered yoga teacher. My therapeutic approach encompasses the integration of therapy, yoga, and psychedelic practices. My work with clients is based in learning safe embodiment, deep listening to self and intuition, and curiosity into the possibility of the present moment. My work has taught me that trauma shows up in many forms, and that our bodies and consciousness have the ability to teach us what our minds may have difficulty accessing and expressing.
My personal practice with altered states of consciousness has been integral to my own trauma healing and personal growth. Meditation, Holotropic Breathwork™, and psychedelic medicine work provide me a space to enter the depths of my subconscious, and connect to resources both inside and outside myself. I hold sacred my relationships with the many facets of self, and the love I sense within the collective consciousness—for these are my greatest teachers.
Janet Colli, Ph.D.
Thomas Beck, Ph.D.
360.678.7737 (Whidbey Island)
Scott Ross, M.A.
Emma Knighton, M.A.
The Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Ste. 345
Seattle, Washington 98103,
Janet Colli, Ph.D.
Thomas Beck, Ph.D.
360.678.7737 (Whidbey Island)
The Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Ste. 345
Seattle, Washington 98103, also
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
The Ketamine Papers: Science, Therapy, and Transformation
—Phil Wolfson and Glenn Hartelius
The Way of the Psychonaut Volume One: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys
The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness
The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
Presents several transformative Ketamine experiences in which users entered “the k-hole,” or deeper transformative space. It is worth noting the set (the experiencer’s intentions & mindset), and setting (the environment & support). VICE NEWS
Phil Wolfson at his KAP Clinic
Julane Andries at her and Phil Wolfson's San Anselmo clinic
Article featuring the co-facilitators our team trained with (Phil Wolfson, M.D. and Julane Andries, LMFT, of The Ketamine Training Center): WIRED
The latest KAP research, featuring clinical data from 3 Ketamine practices:
Different paradigms of Ketamine treatment: MAPS
MAPS is the leading organization advancing research on psychedelic medicines for mental and physical health. A resource for past and current research, as well as podcasts of engaging talks on the subject.
Documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactives.
THE THIRD WAVE
Resources for safe, structured, and responsible psychedelic use.
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