Psychedelic
assisted
therapy

RRR (Relationship Resources Retreats) is a professional community dedicated to working together with integrity, love and a commitment to valuing and resourcing each other’s unique and extensive practice and professional expertise.  We value collaboration, honesty, generosity, sharing, kindness and respect for what we each bring to these retreats. Together we make an extraordinary team.

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Together we hold the space for couples to explore the inner landscape of their relationship and the innate intelligence and empathy that can emerge when safety and trust are restored. Ketamine, as we have experienced, is one spoke on the wheel. We meet and introduce couples to this powerful medicine with respect and recognition that integration, mindfulness and other mind manifesting non drug practices are important change agents.

Cultivating Joy: A Ketamine-assisted therapy retreat for couples

June
03
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Jun
06
2022
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MENLA Retreat and Dewa Spa

This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly-experienced couples therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa.

This retreat  utilizes a powerful healing medicine, ketamine, in supervised, guided sessions to help couples reduce defensiveness, open their heart space to each other, and tap into the transformative power of pleasure and connectedness.

5 reasons to attend:

  • You are in a committed relationship and feel stuck
  • Covid has disrupted your relationship
  • You and your partner want guidance with your relationship vision (where do we go from here?)
  • You want to relax, enjoy the MENLA Spa and restore intimacy in your relationship
  • Level up your relationship to a higher plane

Why Ketamine assisted couples’ therapy?

The purpose of using sublingual ketamine lozenges is to facilitate an environment to go deeper in the relational work. Our experience has been that ketamine can provide a more optimal psycho-spiritual-mental space to work within for individuals and couples. Low dose ketamine combined with state of the art couples psychotherapy has the potential to facilitate more rapid movement for couples who have felt ‘stuck’ in their work together. Some experts have described Ketamine as a ‘lubricant’ for process work as defenses and anxiety can be reduced; resulting in a stronger relationship.

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Facilitators

Seema Desai

Seema Desai

Seema is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with a clinical interest in the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry. She integrates principles of mindfulness into her work with patients and teaches on topics of mindfulness and mental health.

For the past 10 years she has served as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and at the NYU World Trade Center Health Program treating first responders who suffer from mental health conditions related to events of 9/11.

Seema has experience in leading mindfulness-based skills groups for stress reduction and wellness. She co-edited a book published by the American Psychiatric Association titled "Becoming Mindful: Integrating Mindfulness into your Psychiatric Practice" She has been a study therapist in research examining the effects of psilocybin on depression and existential anxiety related to end-stage cancer diagnosis.

She is currently a study therapist in a MAPS trial examining the effects of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. Seema offers psychopharmacology treatment and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in her private practice.

Seema is a member of the Woodstock Therapy Center.

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Dee Dee Goldpaugh

Dee Dee Goldpaugh

Dee Dee is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice specializing in sex and relationship therapy, trauma, spirituality, and Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy. They are also a member of the Woodstock Therapy Center Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Team.

Dee Dee has written and presented widely on the topic of psychedelics and sexuality, queer identity, trauma, spiritual practice, and pleasure.

They have presented at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, The Alt Sex Conference Speaker’s Series, The Center for Optimal Living, and have forthcoming publications on psychedelics and sexuality in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy and the Queering Psychedelics book.

Dee Dee is the Community Support and Integration Director of the Hudson Valley Psychedelic Society and has a clinical training background in Sex Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

They are an artist and musician, and have additional training in shamanic healing and bioregional herbal medicine. Dee Dee’s approach to psychotherapy embraces body and sex positivity and spiritual growth as tools for self-actualization.

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Jayne Gumpel

Jayne Gumpel

Jayne is the founder of Relationship Resources LLC. Jayne is a psychotherapist, trainer, and teacher with 30 years of experience working with couples, individuals, and groups in New York City and Woodstock, NY.

Jayne is a professional clinical trainer in Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy, is a member of the Woodstock Therapy Center’s Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) team, and has completed MDMA-assisted psychotherapy training through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Jayne describes meditation as a core life practice, is a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and she includes mindfulness practice as a foundation of her work with clients.

She is additionally trained in Imago Relationship Therapy and Gestalt Psychotherapy. Jayne is a co-founder of accessmindfulness.org, a 501c3, along with her son David. Her passion is supporting clients on their journey towards inner wisdom and healing from trauma to have more rich and satisfying lives and relationships.

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David Gumpel

David Gumpel

David Gumpel is co founder of Relationship Resources. He is an Integral Master Coach and a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMASS medical school.

David is the co-founder of Access Mindfulness (www.accessmindfulness.org) a 501c3 that brings mindfulness programs to schools and youth services organizations.

Currently David is a study coordinator for the MAPS sponsored MDMA-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder study in NYC.

As a coach, David teaches mindfulness to clients in private practice and to groups in corporate settings. At Fluence, David provides Mentoring and teaches MBSR courses for Certificate Program Participants. Find him online at ebcpathways.com.

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Donna Sorgen

Donna Sorgen

Donna is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and groups. She is the Director of the Woodstock Therapy Center and the Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Program at WTC.

She is also the Director of a new Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Certificate program. Donna has spent her career working with diverse clients in multiple settings.

Donna’s current private practice includes KAP, Psychotherapy, and Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy. In addition to KAP training Donna has completed training in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Donna has a background in the creative arts.

She was a sushi chef, caterer, and enjoys painting and gardening. Donna is inspired in her work as a psychotherapist to help us move toward individual and collective transformation.

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Matthias Von Reusner

Matthias Von Reusner

Matthias is a board-certified Family Physician with an active practice in the Hudson Valley. Matthias received training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at the prestigious Ketamine Training Institute and is a team member of the KAP team at the Woodstock Therapy Center.

He is a fellow at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and also practices Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Matthias became inspired to do psychedelic psychotherapy work after experiencing indigenous medicine ceremonies in Peru with the Shipibo people.

Since then he has deepened his knowledge of shamanic practices with training at The Four Winds Academy. Matthias feels passionately about couples work, particularly using ketamine as a tool for building trust and intimacy.

He has been married 32 years and has two children with his wife Susan. They have lived in the Hudson Valley since 1999 after training as a rural physician in the Scottish Highlands. Matthias is a yoga and meditation practitioner and enjoys trail running with his two German Shepherds.

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