Clinic InfoAbout your Clinic:
Bay Area Mental Health was established in 2014 with the goal of helping clients who have not found relief with standard talk therapy alone. We build a collaborative care model and we build a team of providers with complementary skill sets so that we can work with complex cases and high needs clients. Our clinical focus is working with people who have experienced trauma and may have PTSD, complex PTSD and associated problems which may be secondary to trauma, such as depression, anxiety, substance use and personality disorders.
In many ways, a human brain is more powerful than any supercomputer. Yet the brain is just as susceptible to illness as any other organ, bone or tissue. When your brain tells you something is wrong, it usually is. When that happens, it is important to address the problem and correct it before it becomes unmanageable.
Our goal is for you NOT to NEED therapy.
We aren’t the kind of therapists that just listen and say “hmmm,” and “uh huh,” and “how do you feel about that?” We believe in creating lasting change.
We specialize in transforming deep emotional pain through a combination of skill-building, education, connecting to values, fostering mindful awareness, and working simultaneously with mind, body, and feelings.
We are authentic, real, and down to earth; and we have all walked our own healing paths, so we understand how much courage it takes.Practitioners:
Linnea Butler, LMFT
Natasha Kruger, PhD
Lisa Prosser-Dodds, PhD
Kim McCord, LMFT
Margaret Gold, MD
Teresa Cone, MDSupporting Team:
Melissa Maitre, CEO
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Linnea Butler, LMFTRemote/Online: YesPrice Range: $185-$1350
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
Once it’s determined that you are a good candidate for KAP who doesn’t have any high-risk factors—including heart conditions, kidney problems, psychosis, or other dissociative disorders—you will then be scheduled for a psychological and medical assessment. Our clinicians are highly collaborative, and we will take a team-oriented approach to tailor KAP depending on your unique symptoms and goals for treatment.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) sessions last three hours in total. The first 45 to 90 minutes are devoted to the medicine experience, as your clinician administers the ketamine, putting you into a euphoric, dream-like state. For this process, your therapist will create a peaceful environment (also known as “set and setting”) that will allow you to feel safe to gently witness the self and access memories or feelings that would otherwise be too painful. For the remainder of the session, you will process the experience with the support of your therapist and begin the work of removing the psychological barriers that are keeping you stuck in painful patterns.
The integration work following the medicine session is perhaps the most critical part of KAP, allowing you to incorporate insights and knowledge from the medicine sessions into your life, as you reinforce new, healthier approaches to life’s challenges. This, in turn, leads to long-term behavioral changes and encourages refreshed creativity for problem-solving.Intake Process:
Intake begins with completing a short, private questionnaire (https://forms.gle/LXNJAkW5cE88ywzb8), followed by a free 20 min consultation call. Following the consultation, we move to the intake. Usually there are 2 separate intakes, one with the ketamine therapist and one with the medical provider. If the medical provider will also be providing the ketamine experience then there may be only one, extended intake.Psychedelic Substance Offered: