Integrative Center for Wellness • Dr. Samoon Ahmad

The Illusion of Privacy: Fantasy, Myth, and Self-Indulgence

by Samoon Ahmad • July 18, 2024

As Seen on Pyschology Today. Key Points: People have always relied on close friends and relatives when making difficult decisions or seeking validation. Being “let in” on certain private information is both an honor and a sign of trust. Social media has allowed individuals to expand the number of people with whom they share what […]

Keeping the Psychotherapy in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy: Reflections on the 2024 APA Annual Meeting

by Samoon Ahmad • July 18, 2024

As seen on Psychology Today. Walking away from May’s American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in New York City, I was stunned by how many sessions focused on psychedelics. Though an advisory committee to the FDA voted 9-2 against recommending the use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) earlier this month, […]

What Is Art Therapy?

by Samoon Ahmad • April 16, 2024

As seen on Psychology Today. Art therapy is defined by the American Art Therapy Association as utilizing “active art-making, the creative process, and applied psychological theory—within a psychotherapeutic relationship—to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities.” Often practiced in tandem with psychotherapy, art therapy is non-pharmacological and can be used as a medical intervention […]