AMA Weds 7/8/20: Courtney Watson, Founder of Doorway Therapeutics (serving BIPOC and LGBTQ+ mental health needs)

I noticed that you work with poly folx, which is really cool! What unique issues come up with poly relationships that you work with? How does the way you approach talking to people in poly relationships vs. people in monogamous relationships differ?

Hello!
Questions:

  1. What are your thoughts on clients doing MDMA alone without a therapist for PTSD? BIPOC may be less likely to find a therapists who represent s their marginalized group.
  2. Thoughts on starting safe biPOC group on meetup in every state? Or is it even safe for them to considering how racist the criminal justice system is as it may make them more vulnerable targets. How can we make groups safer for BIPOC so they are more willing to participate?
  3. Which psychedelics do you think are best for BIPOC to heal from racial based trauma? MDMA?
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Hi everyone! Here is the full AMA for today!
Thanks for all the great questions.

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Thank you all for the thoughtful questions!

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If anyone is interested, I talk about my journey with starting Doorway Therapeutics and give closing remarks. :slight_smile:

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Here is an FAQ page from the national center for transgender equality https://transequality.org/issues/resources/frequently-asked-questions-about-transgender-people and also here is a great article from Bustle on 32 Black-Led Queer and Trans Orgs to support: https://www.bustle.com/wellness/32-black-led-queer-trans-organizations-to-support-22959025

Here are some places that offer Ketamine trainings. https://www.polarisinsight.com/for-clinicians/ https://www.healingrealmscenter.com/kap-training.html https://theketaminetrainingcenter.com/ further answering your question- I’d be interested to see what happens as other medicines become legal and if there is some sort of regulatory board that develops. As of right now there is not but I don’t think folks are just engaging in this type of work without additional training. There is a lot of risk in doing that and it would go against the code of ethics for a lot of licenses as practicing outside of our scope of practice.

https://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources

Also sorry I missed these other questions- I don’t know that we know what the future of psychedelics will look like and how therapists or other practitioners will utilize them once they are legal. At this time researchers are still working to get these medicines FDA approved. Also the structure for therapy is pretty much the same for the different medicines. The only thing different is the time of the medicine sessions. Although I have seen some folks bringing in spirit and ritual which I think is super important and in alignment with how I would also like to show up to this work.