Trauma Specialist

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Set & Setting

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Beaverton, OR

Trauma is the strong emotional and physical reaction you experience after going through a distressing or life-threatening event. These are normal feelings, but if you’re struggling to overcome your trauma, Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC, at Set & Setting in Beaverton, Oregon, can help. The innovative practice uses ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to ease your symptoms and help you move past your trauma. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Trauma Q & A

What is trauma?

Trauma refers to the emotional and physical reactions to a distressing or life-threatening event. 

A traumatic experience includes any event that places you at risk, such as car accident, natural disaster, or physical abuse. 

These experiences cause intense emotional, physical, and psychological distress that may make it hard for you to manage your day-to-day life.

What are the symptoms of trauma?

Trauma symptoms vary, but they typically affect how you feel, think, and behave. With trauma, you may experience:

  • A state of high alert
  • Emotional numbness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • A desire to avoid people or places related to the trauma

The severity of your symptoms depends on the traumatic experience, as well as your support systems after. For some people, trauma may cause long-term symptoms that affect quality of life.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of distress from unresolved trauma, schedule a consultation with the experts at Set & Setting for help. 

Can ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) help my trauma?

Set & Setting recommends KAP for trauma patients who fail to get relief from traditional mental health treatments. Before making any treatment recommendations, the practice performs a safety screening and evaluation.

During the safety screening, you meet with the medical prescriber who reviews your medical history and answers all your questions about KAP. Then you meet with your therapist, who spends time talking to you about your concerns and goals for treatment. 

After your safety screening and evaluation, your provider at Set & Setting determines if KAP can benefit your mental well-being. 

What can I expect during treatment for trauma?

KAP is an effective short-term treatment for trauma. Before starting your ketamine treatment, you meet with your therapist for your prep sessions. 

During these meetings, your therapist helps you identify potential barriers that might prevent you from reaching your goals and explore ways to remove those barriers. Your therapist also helps you prepare for your ketamine experience, a process known as intention setting.

Then you undergo your ketamine treatment, which typically lasts two hours. During your ketamine session, you relax in a reclining chair while listening to a personally curated music playlist.

After your ketamine treatment, you meet with your therapist for your integration session. During these sessions, you discuss your ketamine experience, insights, and the behavioral changes you can make to deepen your self-awareness.

To learn more about trauma treatment at Set & Setting, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.