Are you good enough?
Are you good enough? Are you, at your core, ‘enough’. I bet most of us, at different points in our lives, will admit a sense of not being ‘enough’. When we’re children, we develop figures in our lives that give us certainty and strength. These are usually parents, but also teachers, religious leaders, or God. As we grow up, we start to lay to groundwork to become whole individuals.read more
Hummingbirds, Zen, and Being
Today a hummingbird snapped me back to reality. For the last 15 years, if I’ve had free time, my go-to move is to fill it with an activity. Call it ‘achiever fever’. Usually, it’s some sort of physical activity– running, climbing, biking, weightlifting, etc. Of course, we need to take care of our physical bodies as part of a life well-lived. But for me, exercise has often served asread more
Shake up the snow globe
Most of us will agree that we’re connected in one way or another. In your relationships, the more you connect with others the happier and more fulfilled you’ll be. The whole appeal of social media is to build connections (however shallow they may be). Politicians and religions exploit the need for connection by creating fear of the ‘other’ group and telling people that only ‘we’ have the right answer.read more
Paradigms of Ketamine Therapy
In the world of ketamine treatment, a potential patient will find a vast array of treatment options. It can be confusing, especially in such a vulnerable state. Today I’ll outline the common methods of administration and philosophies surrounding ketamine therapy. Mindset and Treatment setting Because of its often unpredictable psychoactive effects, the setting in which ketamine is delivered can vastly change the course of treatment. When givenread more
This is the first in what will be regular installments of creative works by my patients. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover the well of creativity that lives in people! Enjoy! When I was fifteen, I remember sitting in my grandparent’s back yard on a normal humid summer evening in Copiague, NY. My Oma came out with a mason jar to catch fireflies in. After catching about ten firefliesread more
Darkness in the Lake
I’m floating through the tranquil clear waters of my mind. A few feet inland, beyond the beach of smooth river rock, I can see a curtain of birch trees. White flakey bark with dark scratches and scars from failed branches and animals and probably the wind gently waving branches into trunks. Following the trunks vertically reveals the underside of a dense canopy of leaves, yellowed by the cold atread more
Contemplation Before and After Ketamine Therapy
I often tell patients that ketamine as a drug can work just ok for relieving mental distress. If you treat it like an SSRI, you’ll experience a period of relief, but the problems will eventually come back. However, if you combine ketamine therapy with a contemplative practice– before and after treatment– you can break through the oppressive fog can gain clarity into who you really are. Meditation and mindfulnessread more
Transcend yourself… but not too much.
As clinicians are gaining more experience with ketamine and other psychedelics, we’ve realized that integration (therapy before and after treatment) is a key component to the success of treatment. Usually, this takes the form of preparing the patient for the experience, informing them the experience will be better if they don’t try to control the journey. Afterward we talk about the experience and figure out how we can integrateread more