Training Testimonials

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

After attending this training series I feel competent in my abilities to offer this medicine to Queer and BIPOC clients in need. I really appreciated the cultural sensitivity that was
present in this training and open discussions about how this Ketamine work will assist in my ultimate goal of serving marginalized communities!

Courtney Watson, LMFT, CST

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

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

aidanpellytherapy@gmail.com

Aidan Pelly, LMFT, LPCC

I want to congratulate you on an excellent decolonized training. I have to say after attending a number of trainings on psychedelic-assisted therapy, yours was to the point, engaging, balanced. I hope you feel proud of the work you are doing.

Jessica Semaan, AMFT

I want to express how much I am enjoying these trainings. They’re packed full of great information offered by incredibly dynamic providers. I am so energized by what I am learning. I have been recommending the trainings to anyone who will listen. I found myself better prepared for the MAPS training having been through the Polaris curriculum and being acquainted with the core concepts of NOSC and the opportunities for its use in psychotherapy and inner-directed healing.

Avry Todd, LCSW

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

After attending this training series I feel competent in my abilities to offer this medicine to Queer and BIPOC clients in need. I really appreciated the cultural sensitivity that was
present in this training and open discussions about how this Ketamine work will assist in my ultimate goal of serving marginalized communities!

Courtney Watson, LMFT, CST

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

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

Thank you so much for the continued online trainings, I found the whole day to be engaging and helpful. I enjoyed getting to know a few of the other clinicians in the breakout sessions, nice to feel more integrated. I am very grateful for this space to learn with other professionals, thank you!

Anonymous

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 felt really well received within the group and by all the presenters. The depth and clarity of their answers to my questions always felt spot on. It also gave me a much broader understanding of my own psycho-spiritual practice with psychedelics and that my current approach is very much deeply in alignment with the techniques you are utilizing, which is really inspiring to me. I am so deeply appreciative for this important healing work.

Merrill Ward, Exec. Director/Minister, Awakening Divinity Ministries

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

I was very happy with the whole approach of Polaris to this work and to the training — the emphasis on the sacred and on the creativity that the work demands from all involved. I really felt that your priorities and your hearts were aligned with the highest ideals of this work, and that this was imparted in the content of the module and the way it was all delivered.

Michael Muench, MD

Each and every training I have done with Polaris has been entirely worthwhile. Harvey, Veronika, Eric and other guest teachers are warm, deeply experienced and so committed to this work. They are truly authentic and wonderful humans in this field. While the info can be dense, it is interspersed with playful moments (I love the dancing!), Q&A, breakouts and more, which helps a lot to keep things fresh. They share resources, which have been so useful in my own practice. In short, worth every penny for me. Thanks Polaris!

Elise Hoblitzelle, LMHC

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