Our Healing Methods
The Somatic Experiencing method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with other 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE ™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
Somatic Psychotherapy is founded on leading research that shows that traumatic experiences are stored in the body and that trauma healing can only fully occur by bringing the body into the healing process. The body has an innate capacity to heal once we learn how to listen to what it needs to move through trauma or stress patterns. This is often referred to as our “inner healing intelligence.” The aim of a Somatic Psychotherapist is to get to know your unique nervous system and, through a variety of somatic and neurobiological interventions, assist your system in processing traumatic experiences, so you can increase capacity for more ease and regulation in your body and therefore, in your relationships, in your work and in your world. At Palo Santo, we take a whole team and whole health (physiological, neurobiological, energetic) approach to healing trauma.
EMDR is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy tool that has become widely accepted as one of the leading approaches to help re-process and release the experience of trauma and life stressors.
EMDR does not require extensive verbal processing to be successful and rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion).
At Palo Santo, we know that not one therapy fits every nervous system. Therefore, we employ a somatically-informed EMDR process, constantly assessing the nervous system for what it needs to help move through and release traumatic experiences. EMDR can be a great tool to assist the brain and body and healing from trauma by helping remove the fight/flight/freeze charge that exists as a result of past trauma. EMDR is known for assisting with a variety of mental health and trauma experiences, such as depression, grief, anxiety, developmental trauma, car accident and surgical trauma and much more.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is an innovative method used to address a variety of mental health conditions, where Ketamine sessions are blended with psychotherapists specifically trained to work with transpersonal, somatic and ego state themes that arise during session. Ketamine is a psychoactive drug that was first synthesized in 1962 and has been used in the United States as an anesthetic in medical settings since 1970.
Ketamine has been used off-label in sub-anesthetic doses for the past 20 years to treat chronic pain, depression, and a variety of other mental health concerns, thanks to its rapid onset antidepressant effects, sometimes providing nearly immediate relief from emotional and physical pain. While the antidepressant effects tend to be temporary after a single ketamine treatment, multiple treatments have proven to have a cumulative effect, successfully alleviating symptoms in approximately 30 – 60% of individuals with treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine provides an anatomic repair that works by stimulating new dendritic and synaptic growth between the neurons connecting our mood centers.
In moderate doses, Ketamine also has psychedelic effects, which have been shown to facilitate profound transpersonal experiences. Palo Santo differs from Ketamine clinics by incorporating the presence of a highly skilled clinician during the ketamine experience who can work with the sub-conscious material that arises.
Ketamine sessions are blended with integrated, somatic-based psychotherapy sessions and occur under the supervision of Dr. Lane Peyton of Rivus Wellness and Research Center and Christina Conrad, LPC-S, SEP of Palo Santo.
At Palo Santo, we honor and recognize the power of plant medicine, in all its forms, from herbal teas to psychedelic medicine. Now that Cannabis has become legal in our community, we are able to employ this medicine to give us access to the subconscious in a safe and contained way, especially for those nervous systems and psyches that need more containment and guidance to be able to go deep into their underlying trauma, belief systems and physiological holding patterns (ways or patterns of existence that started for each of us in our youth or experienced adult trauma).
Cannabis sativa is a classic psychedelic. It is only recently that is now being grown with the quality, potency and unique characteristics to offer a reliable psychedelic and therapeutic medicine experience. Cannabis Sativa is a safe and sacred medicinal tool which supports us in turning inward, resolving tensions stored deep within the body, tracking inner sensations, and releasing traumas from the nervous system. Cannabis Assisted Psychedelic Therapy is different than “getting high.” When used in an intentional container with a professionally trained psychedelic guide, this modality deepens the healing and transformational process and makes somatic (body-centered) trauma work more efficient and more effective.
Due to the high quality of organic cannabis that we are now able to access, we can do this work safely and legally in clinical settings when this is what is the best fit for the client. This is determined through detailed clinical screening via Rivus Wellness and Research Center and the highly skilled team at Palo Santo. Cannabis-Assisted Medicine Sessions are then blended with pre and post integration sessions, founded in transpersonal, mindfulness and somatic-based psychotherapy. Each session is completed with a highly skilled licensed clinician.
Psychedelic Integration & Education
“Psychedelics is to the mind what the microscope is to biology and the telescope is to astronomy” – Stan Grof
Psychedelic medicine is quickly changing the landscape of the mental health arena and rightly so. Extensive research has already been completed and is still ongoing that has shown the significant positive impact that plant medicine and various other psychedelic medicines have on a variety of mental health struggles, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression and many others. At Palo Santo, we have a team of highly trained clinicians who understand the need for safety and support for those who choose to do plant medicine on their own. This work can be profoundly healing or profoundly upsetting. The difference between the two experiences is safety, knowledge and support in the integration process.
MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is currently in Stage 3 (Expanded Access) portion of FDA approval for Treatment Resistant PTSD and has already achieved breakthrough status, meaning the results of the study have been profound. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in mushrooms, is currently in Stage 2 of FDA approval and has also received breakthrough status in its work with depression. Palo Santo together with Rivus Wellness and Research Center is prepared to offer these services via research or upon full FDA approval. Christina Conrad, LPCs, SEP, is trained in MDMA -Assisted Psychotherapy and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and is passionate about bringing this work to her community and the heartland region.
Due to the extensive published research and press that psychedelic medicine is receiving, there has been a surge of psychedelic use among people eager to find relief from mental health struggles. As a result, Palo Santo has the mission to provide community and clinical education around the safe use of psychedelics. Palo Santo also offers psychedelic integration services for those who have engaged in psychedelic work so they can safely integrate and ground in the material that arose for them and the insight they have gained. This work can be invaluable or detrimental depending on a variety of details. Palo Santo is eager to bring more safety and knowledge to our community in this arena.
Regional public and Clinical Trainings will be offered in collaboration with Rivus Wellness and Research Center and Holos Foundation. Palo Santo has created an advisory board of leaders in this field who are also passionate about serving our home, the heartland of our country.
*Until research status or legalization is acquired, Palo Santo is not able to offer psychedelic “sitting” or bedside services for psychedelic experiences.
Community Conversation & Clinical Education
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson
Palo Santo’s mission statement states “healing in community with ingenuity and mindfulness.” Community is listed forefront in our goal as we know that we do not exist separate from one another. Trauma healing is an individual and community process. We cannot separate one from the other and there is much power within this very community in which we live. Therefore, a core part of our mission is to support and connect our community through education and experiential events that encourage connection and increase healing potential by activating our greatest resource – our community. At Palo Santo, we are so excited about what lies ahead for Tulsa and the heartland region.
We do this through offering individual sessions and group therapy, holding space for needed community conversations, engaging the life work of local artists, innovative therapeutic and holistic events, increasing connection to our bodies, our hearts and our community.
Another key component that we offer is to our local healing community – those who have given their life’s work to supporting others in the healing process. Palo Santo will offer regular, innovative and conversation inducing clinical trainings to support our healers as they support our community as a whole. Palo Santo will also be offering clinical trainings on a variety of leading-edge healing modalities, as well as wellness and self-care events to those in the healing fields so that we can all continue to do this work with mindfulness and integrity.
Palo Santo wants to connect with you, our community. We want to know your passions, what you see that our community needs and the conversations that need to be had to create deeper connection, understanding and healing. Stay tuned. We have some great days ahead of us.