Training Testimonials

It’s always a pleasure learning from the Polaris group. It is quite rewarding learning KAP from you all-how to be part of the solution of facilitating others’ healing process in ways meaningful to the client. The collegial, respectful dialogue between Veronika, Eric and Harvey set the tone for an effective learning environment and building cohesiveness in a physically separated class.

Teresa Cone, MD

Polaris Insight Center’s trainings on Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy allowed me to gain a complete understanding of the entire process from start to finish. I was able to have all my questions answered and finished the trainings with the necessary knowledge to feel comfortable providing KAP services to my patients.

Eric Peterson, LADC and LPCC

The Polaris training exceeded my hopes and has deepened and energized my work with KAP. Eric, Veronika, and Harvey are practiced and generous presenters, with so much wisdom and experience to offer I expect I could repeat the same module many times and continue to learn. In offering these intermediate level workshops they are providing an invaluable and rare resource to the KAP community.

Colin Reid, LCPC

It’s not easy to map the intersection of non-ordinary states of consciousness, psychology, and trauma. Eric, Veronica, Harvey bring amazing, depth, heart, and experience to their work. These trainings could be taken over and over, each time revealing another layer of wisdom and insight. I highly recommend the Polaris team and will be attending more of their offerings in the future

U.M.

The curriculum was so well developed, and obviously the result of many many hours of careful contemplation, collaboration and construction by a remarkably talented team. A beautiful collage of science, knowledge, art and magic. All the teachers are remarkable in my experience.

Charlie Thompson, MD

I have completed Modules 1-3 with Polaris Insight Center. Eric, Veronika, and Harvey are excellent teachers and practitioners. The didactic content and real-world clinical experience they offer is as pragmatic as it is deep and meaningful. I am very grateful for this training as preparation for Ketamine (and psychedelic) Assisted Psychotherapy.

Rick Barnett, PsyD, LADC

This Module 1 training for KAP was one of the most interesting, informative, entertaining, and engaging training I have ever had. Thank you so much for the great work you do.

Michael VanderWaal, LCSW

I have completed Modules 1-3 with Polaris Insight Center. Eric, Veronika, and Harvey are excellent teachers and practitioners. The didactic content and real-world clinical experience they offer is as pragmatic as it is deep and meaningful. I am very grateful for this training as preparation for Ketamine (and psychedelic) Assisted Psychotherapy.

Rick Barnett, PsyD, LADC

The curriculum was so well developed, and obviously the result of many many hours of careful contemplation, collaboration and construction by a remarkably talented team. A beautiful collage of science, knowledge, art and magic. All the teachers are remarkable in my experience.

Charlie Thompson, MD

Experienced psychotherapist with special training in psychedelic integration, somatic therapy and developmental trauma.

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Aidan Pelly, LMFT, LPCC

Thanks to each and every one of you, once again, for a truly incredible training. I was awed by your inspiration and knowledge, and it was the most well organized online training I have ever taken (a difficult feat!)

Chris Restivo, MFT

I cannot say enough about the quality of instruction being offered at the Polaris Insight Center. I have been in the psychiatric practice of medicine for 34 years and I can truly say the didactic course of studies being offered are on par with, and often surpasses that being offered anywhere else. They provide in-depth yet very practical training. This is a course for all practitioners who are interested in not only ketamine assisted psychotherapy, but their teachings can be applied to the broader field of substance assisted psychotherapy. This broader field would encompass the burgeoning field of therapy that is occurring within the context of the psychedelic renaissance. Of note is that they have a very obvious ease with treating members of under-represented/minority populations. This level of expertise could not have been gained solely through the reading of articles and books. I found the faculty at the Polaris Insight Center to be flexible enough to meet patients at the level of “where they are” in a culturally sensitive manner. Having offered this testimonial, I would recommend their training course without any reservations whatsoever to any practitioner seeking to practice in an informed and ethical manner when providing ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

Robert C. Strayhan, MD

I have been very impressed by the Polaris Institute’s Ketamine Training Seminars. The seminars were immensely educational, comprehensive and focused on working with ketamine holistically, as opposed to a strictly medicalized administration. The seminars gave me the confidence to hold ketamine-assisted therapy sessions in my own private practice and help my patients in a truly comprehensive way.

Dr. Priyanka Wali, MD

I was very impressed with the quality of the modules. The information the Polaris team presented in the modules was invaluable to my career. It’s clear the Polaris team has worked hard to create a quality program. Their passion was evident and I highly recommend the training.

Barbara Chandler, LMFT

There is no replacement for wisdom when learning about Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, and The Polaris Insight Center KAP Modules are not to be missed by anyone seeking thoughtful understanding of this work. The presentations are packed with helpful information, and easily shared for a variety of different professional backgrounds. The collaborative format of the modules encourages lively questions and the sharing of personal experiences. The information I learned from this course has directly impacted the quality of my work, but I was most struck by the profound level of knowledge and care of the presenters. Veronika, Harvey and Eric not only teach you invaluable skills, but they remind you of the humility and sacredness of working with expanded consciousness.

Leanne Lopez, RN 

I would enthusiastically recommend Polaris training to anyone interested in learning more about providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for their clients.  The therapist trainers at Polaris are deeply experienced, compassionate and insightful. The training is comprehensive and includes detailed guidance on the preparation session, medicine session and the important integration session. Best practices are also shared regarding music selection and ritual as well as set and setting.  Insight is given to dosing strategies and options as well as the benefits and limitations of different delivery methods. The training is done via zoom but feel warm, personable and very comprehensive.  Polaris will give you the depth, breadth and knowledge that you need to succeed as a KAP provider.

Jonathan Van Nuys, RN, MS, NP

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