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Relationship Resources is a professional community dedicated to working with individuals, couples and groups with integrity, love and commitment.  As a team we value and share each others unique and extensive practice and professional expertise.  We value collaboration, honesty, generosity, sharing, kindness and respect for what we each bring into our programs. Together we make an extraordinary team.

Upcoming Programs & Retreats

Together we hold the space for participants to explore the inner landscape of their relationships 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 introduce couples, individuals and groups to this powerful medicine with respect and recognition that integration, mindfulness and other mind manifesting non drug practices are also important change agents.

Cultivating Joy: A Ketamine-assisted Weekend Journey at Acheron Center

June
07
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Jun
09
2024
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Acheron Center for Psychiatric Healing, New York, NY

The program will be facilitated by Relationship Resources in partnership with Acheron Center For Psychiatric Healing which includes two 90 minute group zoom sessions and an all-day in person experience. We are a staff of licensed and highly-experienced professionals.

Embark on a transformative journey where we prioritize your growth and safety through innovative group practices.

Fees:

Tuition: $1000. Reflects our commitment to providing a highly curated and impactful experience for each participant.

Medical Interview: $400. Conducted by Acheron's Founder, Daniel Zimmerman, this session ensures participants are fully informed and prepared for the experience.

This retreat is ideal for individuals seeking to explore the their consciousness and personal development in a group setting. No prior experience with psychedelic medicines or ketamine is required. Safety and readiness for this type of journey are our top priorities during the application process. This retreat is not a residential treatment setting and is not meant for people suffering from an acute mental health crisis.

This program is limited to 6 participants to ensure personalized attention and care. Participation is by application only.

We believe in moving beyond symptom management towards true healing and growth. Our retreat combines the latest in psychedelic medicine with the timeless wisdom of mindfulness practice. Inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn's philosophy, we focus on the innate capacity for presence, compassion, and joy within each individual. We use guided practices to bring individuals home to their inner intelligence. Regardless of what is unfolding  moment to moment, we each have the innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present and to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves and with each other. Together they can open the door to cultivating joy!

What's Included:

Two 90 minute Group Zoom Sessions: Engage in enriching discussions and activities designed to prepare you for the all-day in-person experience and support your learning post experience.

All-Day In-Person Experience Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 PM June 8th, Join us at the serene and welcoming premises of Acheron Center, located in a tranquil setting conducive to healing and growth. Our program integrates ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) with mindfulness and integration practices, guided by our team of highly experienced professionals.

Steps to Join:

Application: Start by applying to the retreat. Applicants will undergo a screening call to ensure alignment with their expectations.

Medical Interview: A necessary step to educate about ketamine's effects and to confirm eligibility for the program. We will review the informed consent for the program, which includes possible risks and benefits.

Completion of Retreat Documentation: Participants will sign informed consent and confidentiality agreements and complete payment arrangements.

Preparation with Retreat Staff: Includes a mandatory Zoom session for introductions, preparation of intention, schedule, and Q&A.

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Full * Cultivating Joy: a Ketamine-assisted Mindfulness Retreat for Professionals | June 2024

June
20
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Jun
23
2024
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MENLA Retreat and Dewa Spa

Welcome to Cultivating Joy ~ A Ketamine Assisted Mindfulness Retreat for professionals looking to cultivate and deepen their practice with groups through experiential education.

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

~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~

*Retreat Full with waitlist - Participation in this retreat begins with an  application to attend

This four-day retreat is designed for licensed professionals. The program design focuses on supporting the personal wellbeing of clinicians, particularly those dealing with burnout, experiencing Zoom fatigue, depression. feeling isolated, and having limited time for self-care practices. Through reflective evening discussions this retreat will support the embodiment of holding space in groups and retreats. An effective method of learning group facilitation is to participate in a group as a member and then reflect on the experience from a practitioner's perspective.

This promises to be a transformative, loving, safe and dynamic experience in a community with awesome humans and nature. If you are committed to the practice of sharing the fullness of your being, locating your best self, your enthusiasm & vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence~ this may be a weekend experience for you. Join this retreat if you have a deep desire to share yourself in this way, with yourself, with fellow retreat members, with your family, friends, and with the world.

Those interested in a comprehensive and deep dive into mindfulness and wellness work in small groups and residential retreats using ketamine (and future legal psychedelics), are encouraged to apply. This program includes an abundance of resources and aligns with our mission to ease suffering by creating space for joy in community with others. Working with psychedelics demands a high level of skill, humility and self awareness. MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), creative writing, guided meditations and visualizations, Noble Communication, poetry, movement, wellness-enhancing practices, and storytelling are core components of this program. Rohini is excited to share ayurvedic practices; Saundra shares her WILD 5 program…..all of us will fill your plate with love, wisdom and practice knowledge. All participants in this program will receive an e-manual with timelines, resources, and other important material you may find useful to integrate group work into your practice post-retreat. The program, which extends beyond the June dates via zoom, will cover the nuts and bolts of both building a group practice and curating a safe and effective residential retreat experience.

Combining Ketamine with mindfulness and meditation practices can be a jump start to a more conscious and purposeful life. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world renowned author, speaker, and mindfulness teacher, likes to say “there is more right with you, than wrong with you”.  At our retreats we use guided practices to bring individuals home to their inner intelligence. Regardless of what is unfolding  moment to moment, we each have the innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present and to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves and with each other.

We take great care in the enrollment process. Safety is our top priority while making sure every individual that will attend has the capacity to be in a group setting and to experience Ketamine in a safe and constructive manner. This retreat is not a residential treatment setting and is not meant for people suffering from an acute mental health crises, and it is not for those with chronic and persistent psychiatric conditions.

Included in the tuition.

Group Zoom Preparation Meeting - 90 minutes

(MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week class. Mindfulness education through experiential and didactic learning. Optional.

WILD 5 - A Proven Path to Wellness a 30-day evidenced-based wellness program developed by Saundra Jain and Rakesh Jain that integrates exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, nutrition, and positive psychology practices. Self paced.

Post Retreat: Included in the tuition. We will meet three times as a cohort on zoom for continued integration and application of material. An on-going, no fee,  peer group will be supported and encouraged.

Steps to join:

Step 1: Apply to the retreat.

Applicants will have a screening call to determine if this is the right retreat for you. You will be asked to fill out the application form before the interview.  If the screening call determines that the retreat is appropriate, you will be invited to attend and provided a payment link to make a deposit. Instructions for reserving housing with Menla will also be shared.

Step 2: Complete the medical interview.

Applicants will be assigned to a medical doctor on staff for a medical interview. This is essential and may involve speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing medical professional.  Following this, you may be approved for the prescription of ketamine lozenges.

Step 3: Preparation with retreat staff.

You will be assigned to a staff member for a 60 minute group preparation session on Zoom. The preparation session is included in the tuition. This meeting is an important part of the process and introduces you to the retreat in detail. The staff member assigned for this session will be sitting with you during the dosings.  It is possible that this session will result in a decision that the retreat is not a good fit.  

Step 4: Complete retreat documentation.

You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that addresses our request to hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential.  We also provide an informed consent document which we will ask you to read carefully and sign.

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Cultivating the Joy of Sexuality & Intimacy: a Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Couples| August 2024

August
08
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Aug
11
2024
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Menla

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

~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~

This retreat offers a safe, structured environment where couples can deeply explore the nuances of their relationship, including aspects of sexuality and intimacy. Participants will learn to understand each other’s needs and navigate challenges collaboratively. The retreat emphasizes cultivating an intimate bond through what we refer to as noble communication—clear and compassionate exchanges that lay the foundation for healthy relationships. By developing these communication skills, couples can enhance their connection, leading to greater joy and a deeper sense of unity.

Ketamine is utilized here as a tool to explore profound existential realms, facilitating open and loving communication about sexual and intimate needs. Sexual energy, seen as a core aspect of our being, when unblocked, enhances not only our intimacy but also our overall health and happiness. Ketamine-assisted sessions are designed to open mental, emotional, and physical channels, allowing participants to connect with these aspects in a clear, insightful, and accepting way. The retreat also integrates mindfulness and meditation, crucial for regulating emotions and thoughts and fostering the ability to face each moment with balance and grace.

The program is designed to deepen personal and interpersonal connections within a group setting of like-minded couples. Structured, meaningful conversations and guided practices help explore pleasure and intimacy in this nurturing environment. No prior experience with psychedelic medicines or ketamine is required, and all participants begin with a screening call to ensure the retreat is a suitable fit.

The combination of ketamine with mindfulness and meditation offers a profound journey into a more conscious and purposeful life. These practices aim to reconnect participants with themselves, enhancing safety, resilience, and vitality in their lives. With an innate capacity for presence, compassion, and recognition of joy's healing power, the retreat emphasizes safety and preparedness for all participants to engage meaningfully with the group and the experiences offered.

Please note: This retreat is not a short-term residential treatment and is unsuitable for anyone experiencing an acute mental health crisis or those with severe, persistent psychiatric conditions.

Steps to join:

Step 1. Fill out the initial registration form and we will contact you for the phone or Zoom screening call. This 15 minute screening call is designed to determine if this retreat is a good fit for you, to answer questions you might have, and so forth.

Step 2.  If the phone or Zoom screening results in a sense that there is a good fit (mutually decided, of course) you will be asked to make a deposit of 50% of the retreat fee (not room and board).

Step 3.  After a successful screening you will be assigned to one of the  physicians attending the retreat for a medical interview. This interview is 60 minutes. There is a $500 fee for this couples medical interview paid directly to the medical provider. This fee includes the cost of prescribing the ketamine to you, which is done on an individual basis. This medical assessment is essential and may include  our speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing psychopharmacologist.  

Step 4. After your deposit is received, a zoom preparation session will follow, with one of the group facilitators. The purpose of the preparation session is for us  to get to know you better and provide education to you regarding the retreat. We will assign the session after receiving your deposit.

Step 5. When the steps  above are completed, you will need to  reserve your room accommodations (private or semi-private room) and board (delicious vegetarian and vegan meals) at Frontdesk@MENLA.org. You will be provided a code to register.

Step 6. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that delineates  our request that you hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential.  There will also be an Informed Consent document which we ask you to read carefully and sign.  This process (Informed Consent) describes risks inherent in participation in retreats such as this one. Additionally we will be requiring you to sign a standard indemnity release form, which is required by the Menla Retreat guidelines.  

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Cultivating the Joy of Sexuality & Intimacy: a Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Couples | September 2024

September
12
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Sep
15
2024
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Buckhorn Springs Resort, Ashland OR

This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists in beautiful Ashland, Oregon at Buckhorn Springs Resort. Join us for a transformative weekend.

Donna Sorgen LMHT and Tammy Nelson Ph.D, along with their spouses Harvey and Bruce, will lead you through a retreat program designed for 10 couples.

This immersive couples retreat focuses on fostering effective communication to deepen your connection and navigate challenges together. Through noble communication, we aim to help you understand each other's needs and cultivate an intimate bond through open dialogue.

We believe that clear and compassionate communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. By honing these skills, couples can enhance their partnership, leading to increased pleasure, shared joy, and a profound sense of connection. Sexuality and capacity for intimacy can be explored through structured and meaningful conversations and guided practices in this safe, beautiful setting.

Couples will have the opportunity to explore their relationship dynamics, break old patterns, and discover impediments to joy and well-being. Through mindfulness practices, walks in nature, live music, guided meditation, and possibly ketamine-assisted sessions, you can open the doors of your mind, heart, and body to deeper self-awareness and connection.

Depression, isolation, anxiety and withdrawal from each other are symptoms of Relationship Fatigue and often carry a huge burden of despair and a sense of hopelessness for change. Creating space for cultivating JOY will bring a renewed energy and excitement into your relationship.

This retreat is designed for couples committed to personal growth and deepening their interpersonal connections. Whether you have experience with psychedelic medicines or not, all are welcome to apply. Safety and readiness to engage in group settings are paramount considerations for participation. Please note: this retreat is not a brief residential treatment. It is not meant for anyone suffering from an acute mental health crisis, nor is it for those with severe and persistent psychiatric conditions.

Steps to join:

Step 1. Fill out the initial registration form and we will contact you for the phone or Zoom screening call. This 15 minute screening call is designed to determine if this retreat is a good fit for you and to answer questions you might have.

Step 2.  If the phone or Zoom screening results in a sense that there is a good fit (mutually decided, of course) you will be asked to make a deposit of 50% of the retreat fee.

Step 3.  After a successful screening you will be assigned to one of the  physicians attending the retreat for a medical interview. This interview is 60 minutes. There is a fee for this couples medical interview paid directly to the medical provider. This fee includes the cost of prescribing the ketamine to you, which is done on an individual basis. This medical assessment is essential and may include  our speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing psychopharmacologist.  

Step 4. After your deposit is received, a zoom preparation session will follow, with one of the retreat facilitators. The purpose of the preparation session is for us  to get to know you better and provide education to you regarding the retreat. We will schedule the session after receiving your deposit.

Step 5. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that delineates  our request that you hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential.  There will also be an Informed Consent document which we ask you to read carefully and sign.  This process (Informed Consent) describes risks inherent in participation in retreats such as this one. Additionally we will be requiring you to sign a standard indemnity release form

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Cultivating Joy: A Ketamine-assisted Mindfulness Retreat | October 2024

October
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Oct
27
2024
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Menla

Welcome to Cultivate Joy ~ A Ketamine Assisted Mindfulness Retreat for Inspired Individuals looking to Cultivate Joy in everyday life.

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

~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~

Participation in this retreat begins with an  application to attend

This retreat is for individuals. If you are committed to the practice of sharing the fullness of your being, locating your best self, your enthusiasm & vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence~ this may be a weekend experience for you. Join this retreat if you have a deep desire to share yourself in this way, with yourself, with fellow retreat members, with your family, friends, and with the world.

We invite you to break old patterns and habits and cultivate space for joy and well being, even in the midst of all the ongoing stresses and distractions of everyday life.   Ketamine assisted sessions may be helpful in opening  the doors of the mind and heart to what lies within,  however lost or disengaged you may feel from this part of yourself. Ketamine is a powerful medicine that can assist you in seeing things in a new, clearer way,  often in non-defensive and insightful ways. Mindfulness and meditation practices, taught and practiced throughout this retreat, are skills we need for improved self regulation of emotions and thoughts, and can support the ability to meet each moment with equanimity and grace.

The structure of the retreat  is designed for individuals who are ready to step into realms of  deep connection and personal development within a group setting. Participants who have skillful means to navigate non-ordinary states of consciousness and the capacity for depth work in a group setting are invited to apply for this retreat. No experience with psychedelic medicines, or Ketamine,  is necessary for admission. All applicants will be interview by phone to determine if this retreat is a good fit.

Combining Ketamine with mindfulness and meditation practices can be a jump start to a more conscious and purposeful life. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world renowned author, speaker, and mindfulness teacher, likes to say “there is more right with you, than wrong with you”.  At out retreats we use guided practices to bring individuals home to their inner intelligence. Regardless of what is unfolding  moment to moment, we each have the innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present and to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves and with each other.

We take great care in the enrollment process. Safety is our top priority while making sure every individual that will attend has the capacity to be in a group setting and to experience Ketamine in a safe and constructive manner. This retreat is not a residential treatment setting and is not meant for people suffering from an acute mental health crises, and it is not for those with chronic and persistent psychiatric conditions.

Steps to join:

Step 1: Apply to the retreat.

Applicants will have a screening call to determine if this is the right retreat for you. You will be asked to fill out the application form before the interview.  If the screening call determines that the retreat is appropriate, you will be invited to attend and provided a payment link to make a deposit. Instructions for reserving housing with Menla will also be shared.

Step 2: Complete the medical interview.

Applicants will be assigned to a medical doctor on staff for a medical interview. This is essential and may involve speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing medical professional.  Following this, you may be approved for the prescription of ketamine lozenges.

Step 3: Preparation with retreat staff.

You will be assigned to a staff member for a 60 minute group preparation session on Zoom. The preparation session is included in the tuition. This meeting is an important part of the process and introduces you to the retreat in detail. The staff member assigned for this session will be sitting with you during the dosings.  It is possible that this session will result in a decision that the retreat is not a good fit.  

Step 4: Complete retreat documentation.

You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that addresses our request to hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential.  We also provide an informed consent document which we will ask you to read carefully and sign.

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Cultivating Joy | An AEDP and IHRP Informed Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Professionals

December
05
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Dec
08
2024
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MENLA Retreat and Dewa Spa

A retreat for professionals looking to explore healing the heart of addictions using Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP).

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

~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~

Participation in this retreat begins with an  application to attend

Fee: $2850 + medical intake $400 & housing with meals [range from $250/$400 per night]

This four-day retreat is designed for licensed professionals. The program design focuses on supporting the personal challenges of clinicians, particularly those dealing with burnout, experiencing Zoom fatigue, depression, anxiety, and having limited time for self-care practices.

Addictions, and cravings and compulsions in general, impact us all - as healers, as clients and as humans trying to escape pain. Mindfulness, Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy (AEDP) help us slow down together, reach beneath the impulse, and go back to times where the avoidance of emotion had to happen so we could survive. Then, we can find or rediscover new ways into self-care, connection and flourishing. Ketamine can beautifully facilitate this process, reducing defenses and anxiety so we can feel into the stillness and love, so we might find new ways out of addictive behaviors.  

Esteemed teachers and leaders Mark Green, MD, Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, and Jayne Gumpel LCSW will be lead faculty at this retreat and bring AEDP, Mindfulness and IHRP into focus as practice modalities working with ketamine and psychedelics in general. Pre and post retreat zoom classes will complement the learning and build on practice skills and theory drawing from Diana Fosha’s extraordinary work (AEDP).

Dr. Green is a certified therapist and supervisor in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy), and an expert in substance use disorders and  KAP.  

Dr. Tatarsky’s important seminal work is Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. IHRP, is a treatment for the broad spectrum of problematic substance use and other addictive and high-risk behaviors.

Seema Desai MD and Irina Linetskaya MD are returning core faculty and facilitators and medical providers for this retreat. David Gumpel M.A. is the retreat manager and mindfulness teacher.

Cultivating JOY  is emerging as a model for group work. The highly valued and evidence based work from AEDP, IHRP and Mindfulness are integrated into this retreat model.

This retreat is experiential with a focus on personal development and learning. The professional components will be offered pre and post via zoom classes.  

 At our retreats we use guided practices to bring individuals home to their inner intelligence. Regardless of what is unfolding  moment to moment, we each have the innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present and to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves and with each other.

We take great care in the enrollment process. Safety is our top priority while making sure every individual that will attend has the capacity to be in a group setting and to experience Ketamine in a safe and constructive manner. This retreat is not a residential treatment setting and is not meant for people suffering from an acute mental health crises, and it is not for those with chronic and persistent psychiatric conditions.

Included in the tuition.

Group Zoom Preparation Meeting

(MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week class. Mindfulness education through experiential and didactic learning. (Optional)

Professional Development Zoom Sessions through our optional cultivating joy community zoom rooms (Supplemental)

Post Retreat Integration and learning. We will meet three times as a cohort on zoom for continued integration and application of material. An on-going, no fee,  peer group will be supported and encouraged.

Steps to join:

Step 1: Apply to the retreat.

Applicants will have a screening call to determine if this is the right retreat for you. You will be asked to fill out the application form before the interview.  If the screening call determines that the retreat is appropriate, you will be invited to attend and provided a payment link to make a deposit. Instructions for reserving housing with Menla will also be shared.

Step 2: Complete the medical interview.

Applicants will be assigned to a medical doctor on staff for a medical interview. This is essential and may involve speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing medical professional.  Following this, you may be approved for the prescription for the retreat.

Step 3: Preparation with retreat staff.

You will be assigned to a staff member for a 60 minute group preparation session on Zoom. The preparation session is included in the tuition. This meeting is an important part of the process and introduces you to the retreat in detail. It is possible that this session will result in a decision that the retreat is not a good fit.  

Step 4: Complete retreat documentation.

You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that addresses our request to hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential.  We also provide an informed consent document which we will ask you to read carefully and sign.

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Facilitators

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

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, MA

David Gumpel, MA

David is a 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 Director of Training Operations at Fluence, he provides guidance to Fluence trainers, leads experiential trainings and ensures the successsful implementation of Fluence’s many offerings on psychedelic therapy. David was previously a study coordinator for the MAPS sponsored MDMA-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder study in New York City.

As a coach, David teaches mindfulness to clients in private practice and to groups in corporate settings. Find him online at ebcpathways.com and at www.fluencetraining.com

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Matthias Von Reusner, MD

Matthias Von Reusner, MD

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. 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 raised 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 200h certified yoga teacher and has completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as an active meditator. He has recently became a student in sound healing and enjoys trail running with his two German Shepherds.

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Seema Desai, MD

Seema Desai, MD

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, LCSW

Dee Dee Goldpaugh, LCSW

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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Jeffrey Guss, MD

Jeffrey Guss, MD

Jeffrey Guss is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher with specializations in psychoanalytic therapy, addictions and psychedelic therapy. He was Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Psychedelic Therapy Training for the NYU School of Medicine’s study on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of cancer related existential distress, and is currently is a study therapist on studies of Psilocybin-Assisted treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. Dr. Guss is interested in the integration of psychedelic therapies with contemporary psychoanalytic theory and has published in Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He co-authored a paper on the influence of therapists’ first hand experience with psychedelics on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research and is an Instructor and Mentor with the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Center for Psychedelic Therapies. He maintains a private practice in New York City.

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Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Saundra is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, School of Nursing, at The University of Texas at Austin, and a psychotherapist in private practice. Her research explores the connection between wellness-enhancing practices and improvements in disease and wellness markers, as well as its anti-inflammatory effects. Dr. Jain is a co-creator of the WILD 5 Wellness Program and co-author of a well-received workbook written for those interested in improving their mental wellness, WILD 5 - A Proven Path to Wellness. WILD 5 is an evidence-based wellness intervention that combines five elements of wellness (exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, nutrition and positive psychology “practices) into an easy-to-follow program.

Dr. Jain is co-creator of the Psychedelics and Wellness Survey (PAWS) exploring the intersection between psychedelics and wellness. She serves as a member of the Psych Congress Steering Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for mental health practitioners, and Sana Symposium providing psychedelics education for mental health and addiction professionals.

In her words: “Client care, education, and research light me up. Engaging in group work paves the way for meaningful connections with others and fosters a deeper connection with our authentic selves, forming the bedrock of genuine healing. Embracing a life centered around wellness practices and being part of a supportive community is my path.”    

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Mark Green, MD

Mark Green, MD

Mark Green, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in addictions. He completed his residency and addictions fellowship at Cornell before conducting research into stress and addictions at Rockefeller University. He has been on Faculty at Cornell, Vermont and Harvard, and lectured nationally on harm reduction, evidence-based treatment, opiate treatment and psychotherapies. Mark has run outpatient and residential programs and systems in several states. Until recently Mark owned and operated Psych Garden in Belmont, MA, which provided evidence-based, family-focused and harm reduction treatment. Mark is a certified therapist and supervisor in training in AEDP and has trained in ketamine assisted psychotherapy with Phil Wolfson; the MAPS study for MDMA for PTSD; has taught ketamine assisted psychotherapy at Harvard conferences, the Boston Psychedelic Training Center, and at multiple retreats.

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Irina Linetskaya, MD

Irina Linetskaya, MD

Irina is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and LGBTQ+ health and HIV specialist whose integrative medicine practice, Contemplative Medicine, focuses at the intersection of physical illness, emotional trauma, and spirituality. Irina has supplemented her rigorous medical education with training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Drs. Phil Wolfson and Bessel van der Kolk, Internal Family Systems Therapy (Level 1), Core Energetics (a somatic psychotherapy modality), and over a decade of Vipassana meditation practice.

Irina grew up in the former Soviet Union in a family deeply burdened with mental illness, violence, and post-Holocaust trauma. Her own healing journey via somatic trauma therapy, Vipassana meditation, and psychedelic-assisted therapy in the US and the Peruvian Amazon opened her eyes to the complex nature of health and illness - complexity reaching far beyond her Western medical education. Irina has come to regard most illness as the body’s attempt to communicate, in an increasingly insistent voice, deep-seated imbalances within. Her clinical approach is one of deep listening and root-level healing of the body, mind, spirit, and ancestry. Irina speaks multiple languages and is passionate about bringing multi-dimensional, tailored healing to individuals, groups, and communities, with a primary focus on populations deeply impacted by systemic violence, poverty, and ancestral trauma.


Irina is an avid hiker, mushroom forager, and adventurer who splits her time between the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn.


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James Lawer

James Lawer

James brings with him extensive training in diverse spiritual traditions, as well as training in theater, dance and music composition.  He brings these experiences to his client-centered work that is devoted to personal and relational wellbeing.  James is highly experienced in sacred work that evokes non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially those that evoke threshold and shape-shifting experiences.

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Tammy Nelson, Ph.D

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., is a renowned expert in the field of sex and couples therapy. She is a TEDx speaker, the host of the podcast The Trouble with Sex, and the author of six books, including Getting the Sex You Want  and Open Monogamy: A Guide to Co-Creating Your Ideal Relationship Agreement. She is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, andthe founder and Executive Director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. She has been featured in hundreds of press articles including in the NY Times, Washington Post, NY Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine, and is a guest on radio, podcasts, and on television in the US and around the world. She can be found atwww.drtammynelson.com

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Lisa Wang, MD

Lisa Wang, MD

Lisa Wang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in New York City. She takes an integrative approach to treatment that incorporates psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and other complementary treatment modalities including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. She facilitates both individual and group ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Her clinical interests include spirituality, healing from trauma, and sexuality and gender issues.


She is trained as a psilocybin-assisted psychotherapist through Compass Pathways and has been a lead therapist on studies of psilocybin for treatment resistant depression and body dysmorphic disorder at New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is a site physician for the MAPS-sponsored Phase 3 Clinical Trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. She is also an assistant trainer with Fluence. She is also the NJ medical director for Journey Clinical.


She has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past 15 years and has experience teaching mindfulness in classroom settings and in her therapy office. She aspires to bring her experience from the cushion as a meditator to all aspects of her work.

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Sylvia Rosenfeld, LCSW

Sylvia Rosenfeld, LCSW

Sylvia Rosenfeld LCSW is an Imago trained, AASECT certified Sex Therapist, with more than 40 years of experience working with couples and individuals who want to enhance their sexual and emotional connection.

Her passion with her clients and in her own life is to cultivate mutually satisfying and deeply loving relationships.

Sylvia is currently participating in the Fluence ketamine assisted psychotherapy certificate program

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Donna Sorgen, LMHC

Donna Sorgen, LMHC

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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Kerrie-Anne Weickert

Kerrie-Anne Weickert

Kerrie-Anne offers her expertise in sound healing to participants at our retreats.

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Julia King Olivier, MD

Julia King Olivier, MD

Julia is a Swiss trained psychiatrist and psychotherapist for adults, adolescents and children working for over a decade in a private practice in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a graduate of the CIIS Certificate Program in Psychedelic Therapy and Research (2021 Boston Cohort) and has completed the five-part training in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with the MAPS organization. She is the Founder of the Compassionate Care Center in Geneva, Switzerland, providing legal compassion focused psychedelic assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD, depression and existential distress in patients with terminal illness. She turns to poetry as a daily meditative and meaning-making practice. Julia is an avid Wim Hof breathwork practitioner enjoying year round open water swimming in Lac Léman.

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Rohini Kanniganti, MD, MSPH, HMDC

Rohini Kanniganti, MD, MSPH, HMDC

Rohini is a Boulder based Board Certified Family Physician.  She has served in hospice and palliative care for over a decade, currently as Associate Medical Director at Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in NC.  She completed a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and serves at the Integrative Psychiatry Centers, as well as leading Physician support for the Experiential aspect of the IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training.   She is a hybrid of science, art and sacred, and is always ready to play

In her words “I am called "the patient whisperer" by colleagues. I am a physician who brings insight, intelligence and love to patient care, and humor and innovative thinking to my teams. I am a leader who is deeply present and curious, searching for underlying patterns and concerns to resolve conflict.”

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Andrew Tatarsky PhD

Andrew Tatarsky PhD

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky has worked with people who struggle with drugs and their families for over 40 years.

A leader in the field, Dr. Tatarsky developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) to address the spectrum of risky and addictive behavior.  As the Director of Clinical Programming at Freedom Institute, Dr. Tatarsky will integrate the IHRP framework into the organization’s abstinence-based programs to develop a comprehensive, individualized, harm reduction-informed addiction treatment program. He is also responsible for the development and facilitation of internal and external IHRP training programs for individual practitioners and organizations.

A renowned clinician, educator, author, and advocate, Dr. Tatarsky aims to reinforce a re-humanized view of problematic substance use and provide a continuum of care that extends help to all those who need and want it.  The principles of IHRP are described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, which has been translated into three languages. Dr. Tatarsky has also led over 100 training, consulting, and teaching presentations across 20 countries.

Before joining Freedom Institute in 2024, Dr. Tatarsky served as the director of the Center for Optimal Living in New York City, which he founded in 2011. He has also worked as a consultant to a broad range of behavioral health organizations and practices.

Dr. Tatarsky holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and is a graduate of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is a long-time member of the Medical and Clinical Advisory Panels to the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and has contributed to the OASAS regulations that support a harm reduction approach.

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Alessandra Licul

Alessandra Licul

Alessandra specializes in helping clients with deep introspection and insight through psychedelic integration and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. The idea of human thriving versus human surviving informs her work, and she is interested in facilitating change and healing rather than coping. Her therapeutic technique is rooted in psychodynamic practice but draws heavily from depth psychology, existential psychology, positive psychology, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She completed an MA and Ed.M in mental health counseling at Columbia University, with a concentration in the Spirituality, Mind-Body Institute.

She does not believe in managing symptoms exclusively and believes true healing and growth come from identifying and treating the root causes of distress. Her approach is straightforward and collaborative; she wants to talk with you, not at you. She can be challenging and direct, but at the same time she strives to provide everyone who comes into her office with a place where they feel supported, heard, and cared for. Analysis and insight into existing behaviors and patterns are important, but she does not want the work to stop there. Much therapy stops at the naming and identifying stage, but she works with individuals to facilitate real growth and change based on that learning (much in line with the school of strengths-based psychotherapy).

She believes her greatest strength as a clinician is that she truly cares about each case and wants you to succeed just as much as you do. She believes that we all have thoughts and behaviors we want to change, but to do so in a substantial way, deeper introspection and understanding are required. She also thinks that we cannot change that which we cannot name. She believes a shift in perspective and a new lease on life is possible for anyone willing to do the work with her; she is here to facilitate those insights and help you live in alignment with your true self.

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Daniel J. Zimmerman, M.D.

Daniel J. Zimmerman, M.D.

Dan is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in New York City.  

Dan completed his residency at MGH/McLean in Boston, where he received the Hackett Award for academic research.  He subsequently completed a public psychiatry fellowship at Bellevue Hospital.  

As a former English literature major who gravitates toward subjectivist and hermeneutical understandings of the mind, Dan is a “throwback” to the days when psychiatrists were versed in psychotherapeutic theory and methods, in addition to psychopharmacology.  Upon discovering and training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy since last year, Dan has been most thrilled to work with a medicine that can facilitate and enhance the psychotherapy process.

Dan recently opened a group psychiatry practice in the city called Acheron, where he trains therapists and treats patients using conventional and psychedelic psychiatry methods.  

Dan lives in Park Slope with his spouse Amanda, a neuropsychology professor at Cornell Neurosurgery, and his two young sons, Jonah and Gabriel.  

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