Why combine medicine with community and psychotherapy?

Our multi-modal therapeutic model is one of the first of its kind in North America. We combine a research-based community of practice framework (Roots to Thrive) and other treatment modalities, including Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT) to maximize one’s healing and thriving capacity.  

Our Roots to Thrive communities of practice (RTT-COP) are grounded in the co-creation of spaces that model unconditional positive regard (UPR), enabling participants to feel safe to be authentic. In the process of showing up as our true selves, we experience connection and for many, secure attachment, which acts as the primary medicine in the RTT-KAT program. Within this framework, medicine-assisted therapy is a secondary, supportive tool, to address the barriers that keep us from connecting inwardly and outwardly.

The RTT-KAT program, run through Vancouver Island University and supported by Island Health Authority, takes place over 12 weeks and is currently registered as a quality improvement project within the health authority.  Our extensive intake process consists of 3 separate appointments, each with separate members of our team, including an experienced psychiatrist and an MD with specialized ketamine training. Within the 12 week program, participants have the opportunity to take part in three medicine-assisted therapy sessions (imbedded within the community of practice setting) and will have the opportunity to gain resources from trained professionals (EFT, functional medicine).

The RTT-KAT program was co-developed by dozens of thought leaders with decades of experience in medicine, psychiatry, spiritual health, psychotherapy, cultural safety & inclusion, somatic energy modalities, and research. Based on evidence and informed by our internationally trained and recognized team, we aim to activate the innate, individual and collective human capacity for healing and resilience.

Why medicine-assisted therapy? For many, traditional mental health treatments have failed. Unresolved trauma is often a core factor at the root of chronic mental health conditions. Medicines that promote a psychedelic effect, translated as mind loosening/ mind manifesting, cultivating the non-attachment and self-compassion necessary to access areas of stickiness that are otherwise difficult to reach. From here, we work around the nervous system, granting us a greater ability to access and release stored trauma, which can get stuck in the emotional and physical body (often guarded by the nervous system).

These treatments are not a quick fix, rather they provide an opportunity to connect at a deeper level (past the veil of the ego and the stress response) than one cannot with traditional psychotherapy alone. By using medicines as psychotherapy adjuncts (ketamine-assisted therapy), imbedded in community of practice where we develop a greater ability to connect inwardly and outwardly, we are cultivating ‘Roots to Heal.’

Funds and in-Kind offerings provided by Island Health, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Regional Incentives Funds, Numinus Wellness, Cedars at Cobble Hill and philanthropic funds.

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