Rena Beyer, MSW, LCSW

Rena Beyer, MSW, LCSW

What Category Provider type are you? Psychotherapy
What board certifications do you hold? LCSW
How many years have you been in ketamine practice? 3
What percentage of your work is clinical versus research? 100%
Please describe any connections you have to major universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies, both financial and advisory/board? N/A
What are your views regarding desirability and appropriateness of including and fostering the variety of practitioners who presently administer ketamine for mood disorders? I believe a multidisciplinary team approach is always best. There is always something to be learned from someone from another background, discipline, course of study, etc. Especially when that team has a common goal and/or objective. Including a variety of practitioners will only enhance the discussion and mission of the group.
What is your preferred route of administration of ketamine for mood disorders. What are your thoughts about the appropriateness or therapeutic value of other routes? My preferred route of administration is through IV. I don’t have first-hand experience of other methods, but I am open to learning and discussing other routes, such as IM, oral/sublingual, or intranasal as each have different benefits for KAP.
How do you approach the problem of integrating the transient altered state we induce into the patient’s overall psychic economy? What is the practitioner’s responsibility in this regard? Prior to beginning KAP with a client I meet with them numerous times beforehand for 1:1 sessions. Typically it is two times, at minimum. These sessions are focused on preparing the client for the KAP experience and educating the client on what to expect, their role in the treatment, effective emotional regulation skills, normalizing thoughts/feelings prior to beginning, and creating treatment goals. Then, once KAP begins, I guide the client on their exploration journey and hold space for whatever may come up for them. I assist them in exploring, processing, and re-conceptualizing. At the end of each session, prior to the Ketamine infusion ending, I guide each client through relaxation/meditation exercises. For some clients this happens at the beginning of the KAP session. My sessions are all individualized. Then, once the infusion has ended and the client is able to engage in the therapeutic talk once more, I conduct post-processing with the client. This is when the KAP session itself is discussed and processed and themes are illuminated. It is during this time that deep therapeutic work is completed with the client to assist them in utilizing their KAP experience for daily change.
Please describe your present clinical practice. How will it look different in 5 years? I offer mental health therapy & financial coaching services. I address various therapeutic needs including trauma, grief and loss, fertility, suicidal thoughts, behavioral issues, relationship issues, as well as problems related to depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. And, I address various financial needs including debt reduction and elimination, budgeting, and helping clients meet their savings goals all while still spending money on things they love and want to do. I work with local fertility clinics completing psychological assessments and I work as a divorce coach in the collaborative divorce realm.

I partnered with Dr. Sullivan at Initia Nova in 2017 to develop the KAP program together. We individualize each client’s treatment, but we have created different programs for PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety as a baseline. Each program consists of KAP sessions as well as 1:1 sessions to enhance the work completed in the KAP sessions and ensure clients continue to progress forward.

Looking forward five years, Dr. Sullivan and I envision expanding our practice to work with other psychedelics as they become available as well as expanding our KAP offerings. We have also discussed interest in training others as well as interest in creating conferences to get like minded practitioners in the same room throughout the year to remain current and ensure we are offering best practices.

How do you envision ASKP3 growing over the next 4 years? I see ASKP3 expanding their membership of therapeutic practitioners and those practitioners getting more involved with the group. I would love to see and/or be a part of creating trainings and conferences that are multidisciplinary with breakout sessions for each group of practitioners. Furthermore, it has been a passion of mine to create an alliance of therapeutic practitioners for support, learning, and of course friendship with like-minded practitioners. Therefore, I would want to bring that to the group – create a space for therapists.