Introducing Ketamine-Assisted Therapy
Welcome to Missoula’s first legal, medically supervised psychedelic-assisted therapy center as an expansion of Harvest’s health and wellness services. We believe that Ketamine and other soon to be legal psychedelic therapies should be widely accessible as transformative therapeutic medicines for intentional, trained, licensed practitioners to integrate into their own therapeutic practices.
Psychedelic-assisted therapy using Ketamine is a therapeutic approach that combines the psychedelic effects of Ketamine with supportive and integrative healing practices and therapy. Ketamine is either taken orally in rapidly dissolving lozenge form or intramuscularly (IM) via injection.
Ketamine induces a profound visionary expanded state of consciousness which is highly effective for therapeutic reprocessing and growth. It is a particularly effective modality for reprocessing and resolving mental and emotional stress, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain (i.e. fibromyalgia, migraine), and problematic substance use. By quieting the ego, Ketamine catalyzes a healing process that can continue in the days, weeks, and months afterward.
Ketamine differs in chemistry and affects the brain differently than other psychedelic medicines such as psilocybin. The Ketamine “journey” lasts about an hour, compared to six-to-eight hours for psilocybin, and is found to be most effective as a limited series of three to six treatments, based on the individual. Both medicines share similarities in users reporting entering an expanded state of consciousness variably described as “cosmic,” “infused with love,” “connected,” “ego dissolving” and “boundless.”
Due to the potential intensity of these experiences, we focus on preparing participants for and supporting them during their journeys. We designed the Harvest Wholeness Center to create an environment that fosters safety, trust, relaxation, and deep healing, and our guides are certified and supervised by Seattle-based Telos Transformational Therapies.
Our team works extensively with each participant to ensure they are psychologically and emotionally prepared to navigate the experience, drawing on the psychotherapy traditions of Internal Family Systems, Transpersonal, and Positive Psychology. Throughout their journey, we remain present with each participant so that they always have an experienced, knowledgeable person to assist them in navigating the expansive state of consciousness created by Ketamine.
Preparation and Integration Therapy
What sets Harvest apart from other Ketamine clinics is our focus on connecting insight, images, thoughts, and feelings experienced during a journey in a cohesive way that helps you move toward your growth-oriented goals. Through working with a Ketamine preparation and integration specialist and practicing intentional actions, you can strengthen new neural pathways which help change your mind and habits.
“Research shows when you use ketamine to accelerate psychotherapy with a trained guide or therapist, you’re much more likely to reap lasting mental health benefits. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs says Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is more effective at reducing depression and anxiety than infusions alone. That’s why it’s essential to look for ketamine clinics with trained experts to facilitate the entire process. From intention-setting to guided ketamine experiences to 1:1 integration therapy, the more support you have, the better.” – Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Harvest is accepting applicants for Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Healing. To begin your Wholeness Journey, schedule a complimentary call to learn more and determine if this treatment is a good fit for you. Schedule now
Meet Our Clinical Team
Dr. Sidney Shaw has masters and doctorate degrees in counseling and has been a mental health counselor since 2002. His clinical experiences include working in rural community mental health, school counseling, adventure-based counseling, medical clinic settings for native peoples, and private practice. Sidney takes an interpersonal approach to counseling by attending closely to the relationship with clients while incorporating evidence-based strategies. His main areas of experience are in working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and grief. Part of human life is struggling with challenges at times and Sidney collaborates with clients to compassionately navigate each person’s adversities and unique experience.
Sidney has conducted trainings at national, regional, and state levels and was twice selected as the keynote speaker for a state counseling association annual conference. He is a certified speaker with the Montana Happiness Project. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, The Family Journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Counseling Today. Sidney is the co-author of a professionally published video through Alexander Press on the topic of cultural humility in counseling. He is currently the chair of a dissertation on ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and is conducting a separate study on therapists’ experiences providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. When not teaching, counseling, or wrestling with statistics, he enjoys trail running, hiking, biking, playing guitar and mandolin, and spending time with his family.
Trish brings her expertise as a physician’s assistant (2001) and registered nurse (1994) to Harvest’s clinical team with experience including family practice, orthopedics, hospitalist teams, long-term care, and medical services administration. Trish worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center before returning home to Montana where she enjoys cycling, cross-county (a lot) and downhill (on occasion) skiing, spending time in nature, reading, gardening, cooking, and hunting.
Committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care in a safe and supportive setting, Trish values human dignity and believes that all people deserve an opportunity to work through life-limiting challenges, learn and grow, and become their whole selves.
Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso started his education at Brooklyn College where he earned his BA in chemistry while fulfilling his pre-med requirements, graduating Cum Laude. He completed his medical school education in 1990 at Harvard Medical School where he also did a year of research in Tropical Medicine. After an extensive career in emergency medicine, in 2019 Dr. Gonzalex-Vizoso co-founded Telos Transformational Therapies in Seattle to provide training and to build a network of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy practitioners.
Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso’s interest in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy was sparked by the dearth of options available for mental health patients in crisis as well as people with addiction disorders. This induced him to delve into the latest research in the use of psychedelics for mental illnesses. He has used ketamine as an anesthetic in the emergency medicine setting as aid for painful procedures and rapid sequence intubation for over 25 years and is very familiar with the use and safety profile of ketamine. During his training for KAP, Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso experienced firsthand the amazing effects of ketamine. In association with veteran ketamine-trained psychotherapists, he has become increasingly active in the field of applying psychedelics in the setting of mental illnesses and hopes to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Meet Our Psychedelic Therapy Team
A certified Death Doula, Shamanic Practioner, and yoga instructor, Kaley is trained in Core Competencies in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Seattle-based Telos Transformational Therapies. Kaley believes that cutting-edge psychedelic medicine can often provide a unique opportunity to deeply understand and process the most challenging, confusing, and painful parts of our lives. By integrating the entirety of one’s life in a meaningful way, including insights from psychedelic experiences, Kaley believes people are able to free themselves from self-criticism, unhealthy cycles of relating to others, and emotional pain.
Kaley earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Montana and specializes in relationship building, networking, and communication development. She embraces elders for who they are–real human beings, who deserve to be treated as such.
Linea Maxwell is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience helping veterans, elders, families, children, adolescents, caregivers and other individuals navigate life’s challenges with wholeness. These challenges include caregiver stress/fatigue, grief and loss, family conflict, relationship stress, career changes, life changes, financial stress and anxiety. Linea is trained in Core Competencies in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Seattle based Telos Transformational Therapies, and recognizes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational healing potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Linea’s approach is both client-centered and positively oriented towards growth and empowerment.
Gifted in cultivating strong and trusting therapeutic relationships, Linea has a passion for connecting with clients and helping them cultivate and achieve their goals. She is currently working with remarkable clients who are courageously awakening through transformational experiences and taking their healing into their own hands.
Adam’s personal experience and passion for supporting clients working through trauma using non-ordinary states of consciousness led him to train as an integration specialist for psychedelic experiences. He works with clients to help them integrate these experiences in a way that builds their agency and helps them articulate and pursue the life changes and outcomes they desire. Adam’s vision is to empower clients to move themselves from “just” coping to growing and thriving.
A former Griz linebacker, Adam graduated from the University of Montana with a BS in Sociology and earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. Following his degrees, Adam continued to study and expand his deep passion for supporting positive behavior change, including certifications in healthy weight loss coaching and as a yoga instructor. Adam’s passion as a therapist, instructor and coach is to help clients integrate mind, body, and spirit throughout their healing journey.
Adam is married and the father of six children. He has a passion for yoga, kayaking, skiing, hiking, and biking. He loves to cook and work in the garden with his family. Spending as much time as possible in the diverse ecosystems of Montana is one of the many ways Adam grounds himself and his family.