Importance of a Well-Rounded Care Team

Though ketamine infusion therapy is effective on its own, research shows it is more effective when combined with other lifestyle changes or therapeutic methods.

At Avesta, we believe that having a trusted therapist and care team is essential to get the highest efficacy from your ketamine treatments.  Ketamine integrative therapy gives patients a space to integrate thoughts and emotions that arise during their infusions with a mental health professional.  Read more about the importance of psychotherapy for integration while undergoing ketamine therapy throughout our website.

If you are interested in learning more, please call us and we will get you all of the information you need to get started.

Avesta Recommended Therapists

Dr. Benjamin Bregman MD
Washington Integrative Mental Health Services, LLC
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) and Medication Management
Phone: (703) 593-9464

Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, EFT Trainer
Ketamine Assisted Couples Therapy
Rheem, Clark & Associates, LLC (
*Voted top couples therapist by Washingtonian magazine, author and director at Rheem, Clark & Associates providing couples, individual, and family therapy*

Michelle R. Ward, LPC, LMFT, EMDR Certified
Ketamine Assisted Therapy
Clifton Therapy Associates (
* Voted twice as Top Couples Therapist by Washingtonian Magazine, complex trauma specialist, provides individual, couples & family therapy services*
Direct (703) 200.8205│ Email

The Viva Center
Trauma informed therapists
Phone: (202) 265-1000 Ext. 2 | Email:

Global Psychotherapy Center
Phone: (301) 320-7369 | Email:

Dr. Lauren Rubenstein 
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP)

Bar Lehmann
Therapy, neurofeedback, and helping patients use neurofeedback for coming off ADHD meds
Phone: (301) 768-0307

Dr. Jon Thomas
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) 
Phone: (703) 425-5200 | Email:

Located in Dupont Circle, also via telehealth MD, DC and VA
Phone: (202) 505-1850 | Email:

Mara Gutiérrez
*Mara has created a preparation and integration program for patients wanting support around their Ketamine experience. Mara is a MAPS-trained licensed psychotherapist, specializing in the therapeutic use of psychedelics and entheogens. You can learn more about her program here:
Phone: (586) 371-6631

Dr. Lindsey Luedtke
Phone: (703) 791-9601 | Email:

Liza Chapkovsky
Ketamine Integrative Therapy

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) 
*accepts insurance
Phone: (410) 504-1551 | Email: 

Metropolitan Psychological Services, PLLC
Phone: (703) 831-6008 | Email:

Campbell States, LICSW
Experienced trauma informed therapist in downtown DC. She specializes in mood disorders, trauma, dissociation and EMDR. For more information please see

Phone: (202) 615-1584 | Email:

Gisell Valdizan, LICSW

Gisell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia; she currently provides services via telehealth only focusing on life challenges that impact one’s quality of life, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and others. Her style combines the modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness, and others. For more information:
Phone: (703) 679-8599  | Email: (preferred)
*Insurances: In-network with BCBS, CareFirst and Cigna. Private pay is $150 per session.

Reynolds & Rubino Psychology Group
Centrally located group private practice that offers comprehensive mental health services to children through adults in Northern Virginia.  Services include individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, psychological evaluations, and adult psychiatric services.  We provide a hybrid model for sessions and offer in-person and telehealth/virtual options.

Licensed clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and social workers utilize many different evidence-based and therapeutic orientations including, but not limited to, cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), exposure and response prevention (EXRP), mindfulness, psychodynamic, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), somatosensory, play therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).  Clinical specializations and areas of interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma work, OCD, perinatal mental health, behavioral disorders, attachment concerns, young adult launching and identity formation, and relationship issues.
Phone: 703-547-3509

Ean Lischin-Smith, LICSW
Ean has over fifteen years of psychotherapy experience working with individuals, couples and families. Ean specializes in treatment for coping with difficult life transitions, stress, grief, depression and anxiety as well as relationships, communication and interpersonal challenges. Ean’s approach includes a combination of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Psychodynamic and Relational techniques among other modalities.
Phone: (202) 960 4579 | Email:

Victoria Chialy Smith, PhD, ABPP
Specializing in depression, anxiety, and mood concerns in teens and adults

Dr Smith is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Hope+Wellness. She is passionate about advancing innovative treatments and mental health care for depression, anxiety, and mood disorders including the therapeutic use of psychedelics and entheogens. She received extensive training and certification from MAPS through their MDMA Therapy Training Program. She is also CIIS certified to provide psychedelic assisted therapy, and preparation and integration sessions for ketamine to clients seeking support and compassionate, sensitive care.
Phone: 703-923-8965 | Email:

Center For Motivation and Change
Dr. Siobhan Donnelly, PsyD, Dr. Solomon Plonka, PhD

At Center For Motivation and Change, we offer highly individualized, evidence-based treatment for clients struggling with substance use and compulsive behaviors, as well as trauma/PTSD, anxiety disorders, and other co-occurring issues. Our team also provides services for family and friends concerned about a struggling loved one using the CRAFT-informed Invitation to Change approach. Services in our DC office are remote and will remain so for the foreseeable future. You can learn more about us by visiting our website:

Raphaelle Cuenod, LCSW

Lauren Trecosta, LPC
Lauren Trecosta, LPC, specializes in helping people who have experienced trauma maximize the healing potential of ketamine-assisted therapy to break through scars that have kept them stuck for years. When you work with Lauren, you will have someone help you understand, refine and articulate your intention and cultivate a calm, confident, and open mindset to receive the “Teachings” from your ketamine experience. After the ketamine session, Lauren will work with you to translate the experience in to insight or wisdom and integrate the teachings into the practical aspects of everyday life.

Lauren has been a therapist for 20+ years. She works with people who have experienced one or multiple traumas. Her clients are veterans, first responders, and their partners as well as people who have been victims of child abuse, domestic abuse, and/or assault. Lauren is trained by MAPS and Fluence to help people with trauma use ketamine-assisted therapy to help them on the path to finding inner peace and fulfillment.

People with unresolved trauma often have troubled relationships. Lauren helps couples use their respective ketamine experiences to bring expanded awareness to their marriage. In this way, couples are able to see old problems with a new lens and discover alternate paths to understanding not previously available.

Lauren is passionate about helping people heal. She offers individual counseling for Preparation & Integration. All sessions are held online. Lauren participates with some insurance companies.

Email to set up a 15-minute, no obligation, complimentary appointment.

Avesta Recommended Psychiatrists

Dr. Negro, MD
Psychiatrist/Medication Management
Phone: (301) 984-9791 | Email:

Dr. Bruce A. Kehr, MD
Psychiatrist/Medication Management

Phone: (301) 984-9791 | Email:

Dr. John T. Carr, MD
Psychiatrist/Medication Management
Phone: (301) 984-9791 | Email:

David Clayton, M.D.
Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Phone: (703) 650-0636 | Email:

Karli Goodman, PMHNP
Phone: (410) 686-0459 | Email:

Dr. Annie Bollini, PhD
Psychologist, telehealth, military and civilian, depression/anxiety/PTSD
Phone: (202) 696-2277 | Email:



One of the best ways to improve and accelerate healing is to combine ketamine infusion with traditional psychotherapy.

A dedicated and licensed therapist can help prepare and guide patients through the  process more directly, and provide a safety anchor as one uncovers and experiences factors that create anxiety or negative feelings during treatment.

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness has partnered with UpLift to help clients find a therapist, if they don’t already have one. Make your treatment more effective. Match with a therapist on UpLift.

UpLift makes it easy to find and schedule virtual care sessions with a licensed therapist. They have a large network of locally licensed therapists who cover a wide range of specialties and accept most major insurance plans.

For more information or to find and schedule a session with a therapist visit