Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy with Emma Bragdon PhD & Benjamin Asher MD

The field of mental health is on the brink of evolving in a promising direction with the introduction of psychedelics as a viable treatment option for a wide range of psychological challenges. In this episode my guests Emma Bragdon and Benjamin Asher discuss their work providing Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and an overview of the outcomes they’ve witnessed.

Emma Brandon is a mental health clinician with a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, specializing in issues of Spiritual Emergency.

Benjamin Asher is a New York City based, board-certified Head and Neck Surgeon who is renowned for his innovative, non-surgical approaches. He is currently an integrative physician focusing on the psycho-spiritual aspects of health and chronic illness.

Emma and Benjamin currently provide Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in Vermont. 

In this episode:
  • Emma touches on her work specializing in Spiritual Emergencies
  • How spirituality has the potential to assist us into optimal mental health
  • Benjamin discusses his work as an integrative physician focusing on the psycho-spiritual aspects of health and chronic illness 
  • Illness as a portal to personal growth
  • Psychedelic-assisted treatment and illness
  • What is Ketamine?
  • Ketamine for depression
  • How Benjamin and Emma approach Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) sessions
  • The role of one's inner intelligence
  • Case examples and the effects of KAP on clients
  • The importance of getting support while going through psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • How this treatment approach is not a magic bullet, but still profound
  • The importance of integration during and after a psychedelic-assisted therapy session
  • Set and Setting
  • Creating a safe environment 
  • Medical contraindications for Ketamine
  • Can you become addicted to KAP?
  • Why a male and female practitioner team is important
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