The Lex Files: Marcela Ot’alora on Ketamine and the Healing of Trauma

Summary: Marcela Ot’alora G., M.F.A, Principal Investigator for MAPS’ MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research, in Boulder, Colorado, speaks with Lex Pelger, the host of The Lex Files, to discuss her private practice where she provides ketamine-assisted therapy. “Maybe they’re kind of stuck in some place where they can’t move past that point so I might suggest ketamine to explore that place,” says Ot’alora as she explains her process of working with clients who may therapeutically benefit from ketamine-assisted therapy.

Originally appearing here.

Some people know ketamine as a street drug. Anesthesiologists know it as one of the safest ways to knock out children and old people for surgery. But in the psychiatric community, it’s one of the most exciting new options for the treatment of depression, PTSD, anxiety, and as a catalyst for healing trauma.

Marcela Ot’alora is a psychedelic therapist who uses ketamine in her practice. She tells Lex how ketamine works in therapy, how it’s different from other psychedelics, and how to prepare yourself for an experience. She’ll also shares about her progress in MDMA research with MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies).