First Legal Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Center Opens in Missoula

Harvest Wholeness Center Grand Opening to Honor World Mental Health Day

Siblings Kavan Peterson and Kaley Peterson Burke are bringing legal, medically supervised psychedelic-assisted therapy to Missoula, a cutting-edge therapeutic approach that is revolutionizing mental health care. Now available at the Harvest Wholeness Center, Ketamine-assisted psychedelic therapy is an integrative model where licensed medical providers, therapists, and trained guides collaborate with clients on their treatment plans which include alternating psychedelic journeys with therapeutic integration sessions. 

Burke and Peterson’s passion for psychedelic-assisted therapy comes from their professional work transforming end-of-life care and aging services but was catalyzed by the lifelong mental health struggles and unexpected death of their father in October 2020.

William Peterson died of cancer just 14 days after diagnosis, having hidden symptoms and delayed health check-ups due to untreated depression, withdrawal, and acute anxiety over COVID19 pandemic lockdowns. Knowing that promising new mental health treatments existed but were not available inspired Burke and Peterson to commit to bringing psychedelic-assisted therapy to Missoula.

“The evidence that psychedelic therapy alleviates acute depression and trauma is overwhelming,” says Peterson. “Montana has some of the highest increases in depression, substance abuse and has been in the top five states for suicide for 40 years. It’s essential that we make the most promising treatments available now.”

October is the month that mental health awareness is championed worldwide. The United Nations designated October 10th as World Mental Health Day with the goal to “Make mental health for all a global priority.” In the United States, we kick off October with Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Depression Screening Day on October 6th.

Sobering statistics show that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. The prevalence of anxiety disorders in the U.S. adult population within the past year is 19% and lifetime rates are 31%, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The failure rate for treatment of depression with conventional anti-depressants is reported to be about one-third of patients.

Despite global mental health needs increasing, no significant advances in treatment have occurred in the past fifty years — until now. Considered a potential breakthrough drug for treating a range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, chronic pain, and more, ketamine is currently the only legal psychedelic medicine in use. Originally approved by the FDA for use as an anesthetic with children, adults, and the elderly in 1970, ketamine is now being used for psychedelic therapy because it is fast-acting, has a short duration and an outstanding safety record. 

In 2015, Burke and Peterson launched a home care business in Missoula centered on helping people realize their full potential no matter their age and abilities and living a whole life. “Providing psychedelic-assisted therapy is a natural evolution of our commitment to help people face  life’s challenges with greater agency, resilience, connection and wholeness,” says co-founder Burke. 

As the first legal psychedelic-assisted therapy center in Missoula, many therapists and clients are excited to learn more about this promising and paradigm-shifting approach to mental health care. Adam Boomer, a clinical social worker and former Griz linebacker, had been following the research on psychedelics for years and was fascinated by the results with those healing from depression and PTSD.

“In 2018, my wife died of a brain aneurysm in my arms and I needed help navigating PTSD while raising four kids. I decided to work with psychedelics with the hope of moving forward in my life which has led to finding the freedom to be myself and experiencing unconditional love,” explains Adam. 

After experiencing transformational growth and healing, it became Adam’s passion to share this work and he now practices psychedelic-assisted therapy as a Wholeness Guide at Harvest. 

The new Harvest Wholeness Center in Missoula provides transformative healing modalities including psychedelic-assisted therapy, counseling, Reiki energy healing, craniosacral and massage therapy, arts healing, workshops, and trainings. 

Missoula community members are invited to join Harvest in celebrating its Grand Opening on Wednesday, October 26th, from 5 pm – 8 pm at 410 West Spruce Street. Learn more at HarvestWholeness.net.

Missoula community members are invited to join Harvest in celebrating its Grand Opening on Wednesday, October 26th, from 5 pm – 8 pm at 410 West Spruce Street. Learn more at HarvestWholeness.net.

The new Harvest Wholeness Center in Missoula provides transformative healing modalities including psychedelic-assisted therapy, counseling, Reiki energy healing, craniosacral and massage therapy, arts healing, workshops, and trainings. 

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