Phase 3 Study: Treating PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

Can MDMA combined with psychotherapy help people suffering from chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD?

Our goal with this study was to produce legal access to MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and to accomplish this we needed 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 both out Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials. This study is now complete.

Primary Investigator: Dr Natasha Puri

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The Phase 3 Therapists

Charlotte Jackson

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.

Kevin Lutz​

Kevin Lutz completed his PhD in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and is a currently a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC. He has 18 years of experience in a variety of challenges ranging from addictions to mental health to forensic psychiatric populations. Kevin has specialized training and many years of experience working with trauma in military and first responder populations, as well as significant education and training in group theory and process. He has run been running educational and treatment groups clinically for 14 years. Kevin’s most current research focussed on the identification of therapeutic factors and mechanisms of change in individual and group psychotherapy, in an effort to support the development and evaluation of group based programs that support the men and women who are in service domestically and abroad, and treat PTSD in the general population. Kevin was 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 Simundic​

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.

Hayden Rebensohn

Dr. Hayden Rubensohn is an Internal Medicine and Palliative Care physician working in the Lower Mainland. He completed medical training in Calgary in 2012 and did two years of post-graduate education in Psychiatry before completing Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. He became involved with the MAPS sponsored trial of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment Refractory PTSD as a therapist in 2014 and worked alongside Dr. Ingrid Pacey who was the local Principle Investigator for that study. Hayden has completed the MAPS therapist training program and will continue to be a treating therapist for the Phase III study of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Severe PTSD. Hayden has been invited to speak about this research an numerous conferences and medical departments in Western Canada. He has an interested in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for end of life distress, and currently is the Medical Director for TheraPsil, based on out of Victoria, Canada.