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UPDATED June 28, 2024: Center Psychotherapy hosted a "community conversation" on psychedelic-assisted therapy from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington. There was no charge to attend. The event was open to the public. 

Center Psychotherapy is a group mental-health practice specializing in trauma treatment at 4 Water St. in Arlington and 540 Main St. Suite 15 in Winchester. The talk was an overview on psychedelic-assisted therapies including the following topics:

  • Historical and cultural context of psychedelic use
  • Structure of psychedelic-assisted therapy approaches
  • Promises and pitfalls for the public to consider
  • Approach to ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy
  • The projected timeline of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy

Center Psychotherapy states that it is "committed to providing quality and expert mental health treatment using a humanist, client-centered approach to therapy. Its clinicians recognize that successful treatment varies with individual needs, strengths and personal client preferences. It strives to work with clients to develop treatment plans and therapeutic interventions that recognize strengths, not just symptom expression. The team is committed to anti-racism work, cross-cultural responsiveness, humility, sensitivity and responsibility. It supports BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and it believes that collaboration is crucial in the treatment space."

According to recent news reports, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration this month recommended against using MDMA in psychotherapy, but the FDA is expected to make its own ruling, possibly as soon as August.

Dec. 21, 2022: Local therapist attains MDMA certification, hopes to help those with PTSD in future

This announcement was published on Thursday, June 20, 2024, based on information from Zonya Dawson of Center Psychotherapy. It was updated June 22 to include a link to a news story on an anticipated FDA ruling on MDMA. It was updaed June 28 to note that the event had taken place.