MDMA Assisted Therapy

MDMA Assisted Therapy

Skilled mental health providers Cole Marta, MD, and Brooke Balliett, LMFT have conducted and published  the results of 4 clinical trials examining the potential of MDMA-Assisted Therapy to overcome debilitating PTSD symptoms. This drug and the associated trauma therapy is currently under review by the FDA to determine the safety and efficacy of the treatment. Once approved by the FDA, the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy will have  the most experienced and qualified treatment teams available in southern California to provide this treatment.   

MDMA-Assisted Therapy has not yet been approved by any regulatory agency in the USA and is not available until at least 90 days after FDA approval is achieved. Reach out today to have your email placed on our mailing list for timely updates on the advancement of MDMA-AT, including accessibliity and pricing as they become available in the coming months. 

MDMA Assisted Therapy Q&A

What is MDMA-Assisted Therapy?

MDMA-Assisted Therapy has not yet been approved by any regulatory agency in the USA. The FDA is currently in the process of reviewing the safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted therapy after successful completion of multiple Phase II and Phase III clinical trials studying the treatment for PTSD.  The results of the clinical trials are extremely promising.  Should the FDA approve this unique trauma treament, we will be offering it in early 2025. 

The California Center for Psychedelic Therapy in Hollywood has completed 4 clinical research trials for MDMA-Assisted Therapy since 2017 under the direction of our founders, Brooke Balliett LMFT and Cole Marta, MD.  The unique trauma specialists at our center are the most experienced in Southern California- our research has been published in Nature Journal and our clinical director, Brooke Balliett, LMFT, is one of only 7 mentor trainers of MDMA-AT in the world. 

How does MDMA-Assisted Therapy work?

MDMA-assisted therapy causes pharmacologic effects by releasing dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and other neurotransmitters, leading to increases in several hormones. MDMA can boost feelings of empathy, well-being, energy, and compassion.  When combined with trauma-focused psychotherapy, MDMA may help you better cope with the debilitating impacts of difficult or traumatic situations.  

Is MDMA-Assisted Therapy right for me?

MDMA-Assisted Therapy has not yet been approved by any regulatory agency in the USA.  By fall 2024, the FDA will have evaluated the outcomes of our research and have determined whether you can purchase MDMA Assisted- Therapy and under what conditions.  You might be a candidate for MDMA-Assisted Therapy if you are experiencing symptoms of traumatic stress and PTSD.  

Signs of PTSD include:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Avoidance of people, places and experiences associated with traumatic events
  • Distressing or intrusive memories
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Getting startled easily
  • Always being on guard

Email the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy today to get up to date information regarding eligibility and other updates as the FDA provides guidelines for the treatment in the coming months. 

What are the benefits of MDMA-assisted therapy?

MDMA-assisted therapy can help you address and minimize the overwhelming impact of past trauma to lessen bothersome or disruptive symptoms. This treatment can allow you to thrive after a PTSD diagnosis, even if traditional medications have failed. You may gain insight, peace of mind and increased capacity in your career and interpersonal relationships. 

What can I expect during MDMA-Assisted Therapy?

MDMA-Assisted Therapy has not yet been approved by any regulatory agency in the USA.  Since 2017, MDMA-Assisted Therapy at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy has been offered via clinical trials and we are prepared to offer MDMA-Assisted Therapy as soon as it is FDA approved, likley by early 2025.  The treatment involves ingesting a dose of MDMA under medical supervision. You also undergo psychotherapy, revisiting past emotions and events with two highly trained, trauma-informed licensed psychotherapists.  

MDMA-Assisted Therapy also includes preparatory and integration therapy sessions, in addition to therapy in conjunction with administration of the drug. Recreational use of MDMA doesn’t produce the therapeutic effects of MDMA-Assisted Therapy. The results are long-lasting, revitalizing, and highly effective.