Mental Health Services

Integrative Psychiatric and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Mental Health and Psychiatric Services

Integrative PsychiatryKetamine Therapy

Integrative Psychiatry

Integrative medicine combines the best practices of conventional western medicine with effective healing modalities which have not fully reached acceptance in the medical mainstream, with a specific focus on patient choice in decisions about treatment. This approach also aims to address root causes of imbalances that cause symptoms, as opposed to only medicating symptoms away.

Integrative Psychiatric services

We regard people as inherently healthy and whole, in contrast to the conventional and widespread belief that people with psychiatric symptoms must be in long-term treatment. Chronic maladaptive thoughts and behaviors can cause chemical changes in the body, leading eventually to psychiatric illness. Psychological health can truly be achieved by learning new techniques of managing stress and overcoming fear-based habits. If we prescribe medications, they are used as temporary tools for softening intense symptoms so that the deeper healing can occur. Low doses and brief medication treatments are often used. Alternative treatments such as vitamins and supplements are encouraged when appropriate.

Medical, scientific background

Will Vanderveer is medically trained and board-certified to diagnose and treat illnesses, and rule out medical causes of psychiatric symptoms. Our center integrates psychiatry with psychotherapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation instruction, and stress reduction techniques. When indicated, We recommend blood work, sleep studies, acupuncture, biofeedback, and bodywork. We have discovered through continuing medical education the important role of the gut and the adrenals in psychological health. Though often overlooked in the conventional psychiatric evaluation, we can assess these areas during your initial visit. Changes in what you eat are often essential to success in treatment with us.

The role of diet in mental health

We have discovered through continuing medical education the important role of the gut and the adrenals in psychological health. Though often overlooked in the conventional psychiatric evaluation, we will assess these areas during your initial visit. Changes in what you eat are often essential to success in treatment with us. We work with the body, mind, and spirit. After evaluating medical causes of your condition, we will identify stressors and cultivate effective ways of handling stress. This body-centered approach to psychological health helps you to optimize your long-term health by optimizing all aspects of your lifestyle.

Ketamine assisted Psychotherapy

Our ketamine protocol begins with a screening process to make sure ketamine is appropriate for your situation, to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. Ketamine research has focused on treatment – resistant depression (unipolar and bipolar) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people with other manifestations of anxiety such as obsessive compulsive disorder can also be helped by ketamine treatment.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

IPHC proudly offers a cutting-edge protocol, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant depression. Before explaining what ketamine psychotherapy is, a bit of background as to why we are offering this novel off-label treatment for stubborn cases of depression. 

Ketamine is a very useful anesthetic, which has been listed for decades on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medications. It is used extensively in combat medical situations as well as in pediatric emergency medicine for several reasons. Ketamine can be easily dosed and injected, reliably produces anesthesia with dissociation, allowing providers to complete procedures such as suturing or reduction of bone fractures.

breakthroughs in treament resistance

I have come to see that there are psychiatric conditions that respond quickly and are resolved in less than a year, and others that seem to defy most treatment approaches. Treatment resistant depression (TRD) is one of the most serious health challenges many of my patients face and one that I have found quite difficult to resolve using conventional, and even integrative, psychiatry tools. TRD is defined as ongoing depression while having tried at least two approved treatments for depression (either medications or psychotherapy or both).

an effective, evidence-based approach

Too many people continue to suffer significant ongoing depression symptoms in spite of strong efforts to resolve symptoms and root causes. When I talk to my psychiatrist colleagues, I hear they are having the same experience: lots of people still really struggling with depression despite lots of medication trials and months or years of psychotherapy.

Medication–assisted psychotherapy, where a medication is taken for the therapy session only, and not every day, is a new treatment model designed in pursuit of faster and better results, without the significant negative side effects commonly experienced from daily use of antidepressants and other psychiatric medications.

The intake Process

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