Treating PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy
Can MDMA combined with psychotherapy help people suffering from chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD?
Our goal is to produce legal access to MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and to accomplish this we need to complete a three stage clinical trial – which is the normal process of drug discovery. With the help of a wide community of supporters we have successfully completed our phase 2 clinical trial and are now in the process of planning on the last stage our stage three clinical trial.
We hope to be doing this within the context of the BCCSU (British Columbia Centre on Substance Use) and we hope to start enrolling subjects before the end of 2017. We will announce the time when this study door opens on this website. We have selected the stage three therapists and are in the process of training them.
To make a tax-deductible donation to this study in Canadian Dollars, please donate to MAPS Canada.
To make a tax-deductible donation to this study in US Dollars, please donate to MAPS US.
Learn more about treating PTSD with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy at mdmaptsd.org.
The Phase 3 Therapists
Charlotte Jackson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use for over 15 years. She works from a harm reduction, strengths based, trauma informed perspective, as well as from an anti-oppression framework.
Charlotte works with individuals and couples addressing trauma, anxiety, depression and with the integration of difficulties arising from non-ordinary states of consciousness. She is a Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) trained therapist with their research study using MDMA assisted therapy for individuals with severe PTSD.
Charlotte has been in long term supervision with Andrew Feldmar, social phenomenologist and radical psychotherapist. She has trained as a co-therapist with Dr. Ingrid Pacey, Principle Investigator in MAPS Phase II study researching MDMA for treatment resistant PTSD.
Charlotte has studied Holotropic Breath work with Dr. Stanislav Grof and Diane Haug.
Most recently, Charlotte has studied with Annie and Michael Mithoefer, of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), exploring non-directive therapy as well as the non pathologizing recognition of multiplicity as manifest in MDMA assisted therapy in individuals with severe PTSD.
Rick Miners: A former engineer who graduated from McGill University, Dr. Miners completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Concordia University in 2007. Trained within the scientist-practitioner model, he has served in multiple roles (teaching assistant, lecturer, group co-facilitator, board member), presented at international conferences, conducted research on mindfulness, and co-authored a book chapter on social development. Rick has maintained a thriving private practice, providing training, psychotherapy and assessment since as early as 2004. He has worked with organizations, schools, children, adults, families, and couples.
Trained in a number of modalities including mindfulness-based stress reduction, transformative systemic therapy, and the treatment of complex trauma among First Nations, he is thrilled to be a co-therapist in an upcoming Health Canada sanctioned Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Vancouver, BC. Rick can also be found enjoying family time with his wife and children, the outdoors, music, and cheering on his kids from the sidelines.
Joanna Simundic is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor. She is the sole founder, owner and psychotherapist at Embracing Change Therapy, a private practice she started in 2013 supporting individuals in processing traumatic material using a variety of techniques such as: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems and various somatic approaches. She graduated from York University in Toronto, ON in 2006 with an Honours Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. She also completed her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid University in Kitchener, ON in 2012. Joanna has been in the helping profession serving various populations for the last 12 years. Her main passion is working with trauma survivors as she herself has extensive lived experience with trauma. Trauma work is her passion and calling in life as she supports individuals in healing traumatic material and achieving post traumatic growth. She has followed MAPS research since 2010 in her previous work as a Substance Use Counsellor and was honoured to be invited into the Vancouver MAPS team in early 2016 as one of the MAPS Therapists for the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Phase III Research Study.
Joanna possess a wide array of experience working with trauma from her work in Medellin, Columbia working with marginalized youth, working with First Nations communities in Northern British Columbia and also supporting at risk youth in Newfoundland and Toronto. Throughout her career, Joanna has supported individuals and families in overcoming difficulties such as: developmental trauma, abuse and neglect, sexual trauma, first responders’ exposure to traumatic events on the job, domestic violence, adult children of caregivers abusing alcohol and drugs and various others exposures to difficult life events. Her other passion is her devotion to spirituality and personal transformation as well as being out in nature, hiking and exploring the beauty of British Columbia.
Two additional therapists for the Phase 3 study are Kevin Lutz and Hayden Rubensohn.
The Primary Investigator is Keith Ahamad, and the Co-Primary Investigator is Ken Tupper.