SESSION STRUCTURE

Please read this information thoroughly as it answers many of the FAQ I receive.

Thank you for your interest in therapy, and/or Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, also know as “KAP”.

I take great care in vetting clients who are appropriate candidates for this potent therapy.  My process for KAP requires at least two prior therapy sessions to assess if you are an appropriate candidate. The amount of sessions to prepare a client is at my therapeutic discretion. I am now vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine and may see clients in person.

Below is more information about my therapy practice….

 

I am a trainer for the Ketamine Training Center operating under the Ketamine Research Foundation and the leadership of Dr. Phil Wolfson, who is the worldwide expert on Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.

I have an eclectic approach, weaving in EMDR for trauma (EMDR certified), Jungian Depth Psychology, Attachment Theory and the Gottman Couples Method. I also use Internal Family Systems, Ego State therapy and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. I am also a graduate from the Certification for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies. I am the Executive Director of Indra’s Net Coalition with Dr. Phil Wolfson (www.indrasnetcoalition.org) .

 

  • Sessions for individuals and couples are 50 minutes and $175.
  • I accept Venmo (without fees), PayPal, checks, cash and credit cards. 
  •  I require a 24 hour notice of cancellation to avoid paying for the missed session.
  • I am sorry, but I do not accept insurance. 
  • Please note, I am typically booked out 2-4 months in advance. Sometimes I must place potential new clients on a waiting list. 
  • Once we schedule you as a new client, you will be sent a link to the online client portal where you can fill out your forms online.

 

HALF DAY KAP RETREATS

The retreats are hosted approximately once a month by Karen Madigan, CRNA and me in Summit Park, Utah. They are held in groups of 5-8 participants and are by invitation only. The cost of Half Day KAP Retreats in Summit Park is $600.

**Please note: You must have a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, PTSD or C-PTSD to participate in the Half Day Retreats. These are not intended as training for interested clinicians. If you are interested in training, please reach out to me for KAP Consultation and training opportunities.

 

Clients must meet with me prior to receiving ketamine assisted psychotherapy. We will meet at least once for a psychological intake appointment. The 50 minute psychological intake appointment is $175 and must be scheduled well in advance of the retreat date. This appointment may be held in person or via Zoom video conference. Medical and psychological intake forms will be sent via email. Please fill out at least a week prior to the retreat date.

 

INDIVIDUAL KETAMINE LOZENGE THERAPY 

 

Ketamine lozenge therapy will be for clients who are found to be medically suitable by a referring medical provider. This therapy is only offered to assist therapy for PTSD, anxiety or depression, with a mental health diagnosis by Sunny Strasburg, LMFT. 

The ketamine lozenges will be supported by  supportive, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. The therapy that assists the ketamine is an essential component to maximizing outcomes and benefits of these medicines. There is support provided during the session, and integration after the session.

After receiving a mental health diagnosis, you will prepay for your therapy sessions and schedule all therapy appointments.

Next, you will schedule an appointment for a medical evaluation with one of the approved medical providers in order to evaluate your physical health for the use of ketamine. It will be determined if ketamine treatment is suitable for you and in what dose and frequency you may take ketamine. If it is determined that ketamine is a suitable treatment, the lozenges will be prescribed. 

In order to receive KAP,

  • You will agree to follow the procedures and protocols for Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
  •  You agree to take the specific dose you have been prescribed per session.
  • You agree not to use this medicine without my supervision. The details of this protocol will be sent to you in a subsequent email.

The one time fee for the medical intake varies between medical providers. 

The lozenges will be available through prescription at a local pharmacy.

The first step is to schedule an intake appointment with me in the CONTACT page.

FEE-FOR-SERVICE

Sunny Strasburg’s therapy practice is a fee-for-service practice. One hour sessions are $175. She does not accept insurance.

She does not bill insurance companies and would be considered an out-of-network provider with most insurance providers. You are charged directly for services provided.

Payment is due on the date of service. Accepted payment methods are: Cash, Venmo, checks, or Paypal

TRAUMA THERAPY

I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to treat single and multiple episode Complex PTSD. During the initial appointments, I am assessing for self regulation, co-morbid mental disorders, resiliency and support. If  EMDR is appropriate, we proceed in mapping out trauma areas, take a life history, and create resiliency and self soothing techniques. The next phases include the Phase 4 EMDR which includes bilateral stimulation such as eye movements,  holding pulsators and listening to bilateral sounds on headphones. Upon completion of Phase 4, we proceed to assimilate the newly processed memories into long term storage. There are many good empirical studies on the effectiveness of EMDR for treating trauma. A good resource is Dr Bessell Van Der Kolk’s book, The Body Keeps the Score, which includes many studies on the effectiveness of EMDR.

More information on EMDR:

MarcoPagani  

Inside EMDR Article

GOTTMAN METHOD FOR COUPLES SESSION OUTLINE

The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970’s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes the nuts and bolts approach to improving clients’ relationships.

This method is designed to help teach specific tools to ddepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage resolvable problem and dialog about gridlocked or perpetual issues. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate its vulnerabilities.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Consists of Five Parts

• Assessment • Treatment • Out of Therapy • Termination • Outcome Evaluation

Early in the assessment phase, you will be given some written materials to complete that will help us better understand your relationship.

  • In the first sessions, we will talk about the history of your relationship, areas of concern, and goals of treatment.
  • In the second session, I will meet with each of you individually to learn your personal histories and to give you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.
  • In the third and final session of assessment, I will share with you my recommendations and we will work collaboratively to define mutually agreed-upon goals for your therapy.

Most of the work will involve sessions in which you will be seen together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual sessions are recommended. I may also give you exercises to practice between sessions.

The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, we will establish points at which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, I will encourage you to raise any questions or concerns you have about therapy at any time.

In the later stages of therapy, we will phase out or meet less frequently in order for you to test out new relationship skills and to prepare for termination of the therapy. Although you may terminate therapy whenever you wish, it is most helpful to have at least one session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains, and say good-bye.

In the outcome-evaluation phase, as per the Gottman Method, four follow-up sessions are planned: one after 6 months, one after 12 months, one after 18 months, and one after two years. These sessions have been shown through research to significantly decrease the chances of relapse into previous, unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires ongoing evaluation of methods used and client progress. The purpose of these follow-up sessions then will be to fine tune any of your relationship skills if needed and to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy received.

 “I am often asked how I can work with […] trauma without becoming burned out or depressed. My answer to this question is that witnessing the transformation that takes place in people when they master their traumas has proven to be a deeply sustaining and uplifting experience in my life.”

Peter A. Levine

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Links and Resources

“High Country” by Sunny Strasburg and Martin Stensaas