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A Deep Dive into EMDR & Ketamine Therapy for as a Holistic Approach to Depression in Manhattan Beach, CA

Therapeutic session at Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, showcasing a serene ocean view through large windows, with a client and therapist engaged in a contemplative conversation. The image reflects the peaceful, transformative experience of ketamine therapy for depression treatment, in a setting that promotes deep reflection and emotional healing.
Discover inner peace with Shakti Therapy & Healing Services - Where ketamine treatment meets the tranquility of the ocean for effective depression therapy.

Depression is a debilitating and pervasive mental health issue that impacts millions of people worldwide. It manifests through a range of symptoms such as ongoing sadness to a lack of interest in activities you used enjoyed such as walking down Manhattan Beach boardwalk or attending a beach yoga class.  In Manhattan Beach, California, Shakti Therapy & Healing Services stands at the forefront of an an innovative approach for depression, offering services through its unique combination of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP). As we progress collectively, more and more Californias are looking to manage their deprssive symptoms by tackling the problem verse only symptom reduction through medicataion. Shakti Therapy's holistic approach is tailored to meet your needs to help you overcome the challenges of depression that may affect your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and yourself. 

As Alder says, “courage does not happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.

How do you courageously face the difficult questions & reclaim your strength?

Understanding Depression

Depression is a multifaceted mental health ncondition with many triggers, from genetic factors and chemical imbalances that you may be born with to stressful life events that happen throughout your life over and over. Its impact on your daily functioning can be heavy, affecting not just you, but also those around you. 

What Causes Depression?
  • Genetic Vulnerability: Family history can play a significant role and can be passed down through generations via intergenerational traumas.

  • Brain Chemistry Imbalance: Neurotransmitter imbalances affect mood regulation.

  • Life Events: Stressful or traumatic events can trigger depression in your body.

  • Medical Conditions: Chronic illnesses and diagnoses can also lead to depression as your brain tries to make sense of the medical condition’s impact on your life.

Conceptual image representing the struggle with depression, featuring a person in a curled position with a cloud of smoke for a head, symbolizing the overwhelming nature of mental health challenges. Shakti Therapy & Healing Services provides compassionate care with innovative ketamine treatments and EMDR to help alleviate the burdens of depression.
Artistic representation of depression with a person curled up on the floor, head replaced by a cloud of dark smoke, symbolizing the engulfing nature of mental health disorders. Image by Shakti Therapy & Healing Services to illustrate the emotional cloudiness overcome by ketamine therapy treatments.
Are You Depressed? Reflective Questions To Ask Yourself 
  1. Do minor setbacks feel overwhelming to you lately?

  2. Do you find it difficult to concentrate, remember details, or make decisions on a day-to-day basis?

  3. Do you often feel misunderstood by other's asks?

  4. Are there aspects of your daily routine or life that have become more challenging due to your emotional state?

  5. Have you tried 2 antidepressants that have not worked?

If you answered yes to any of these 3 questions, you may be struggling with depression. I encourage you to take a proactive step to manage this now. 

"Shakti Therapy & Healing Services practitioner explains facial marma points to a client during a holistic health session, integrating therapies like ketamine and EMDR for comprehensive depression treatment
Exploring healing pathways, a Shakti Therapy practitioner demonstrates marma point techniques during a session, enhancing the integrative approach to depression treatment with ketamine and EMDR.

Proactive Steps You Can Take:

  • Seek Professional Help: If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing depression, reaching out to Shakti Therapy & Healing Services as a critical first step.

  • Educate Yourself and Others: Understanding depression is key to combating stigma and supporting affected individuals. Treating depression allows you to live your best life!

  • Explore Various Treatment Options: Be open to discussing both traditional and alternative treatments with your healthcare professionals.

Depression is a complex condition, but with the right care team support and treatment, you can regain balance and enjoy a fulfilling life that you were meant to all along. Shakti Therapy & Healing Services in Manhattan Beach, CA, exemplifies the innovative approaches you can begin using today, offering hope and healing to you.

Holistic Therapy Overview for Depression

Shakti Therapy & Healing Services represents hope if you are battling depression in Manhattan Beach. Founded on the principle that healing is most profound when it addresses the person as a whole, Shakti Therapy integrates traditional psychotherapy with alternative healing modalities.  We offer you low-cost text and AI support via HPY, provide holistic psychotherapy, or qualify you for ketamine assisted psychotherapy to treat depression. We help you transform your pain into personal power when your depression takes over at the worst possible moments with Ketamine Therapy & EMDR.

The Role of Ketamine Therapy in Treating Depression in Manhattan Beach

Ketamine is a well known as an anesthetic that emerged as a significant player in the treatment of depression over recent years, particularly for treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is defined as those who do not respond well to at least 2 different antidepressants or SSRIs of adequate dose and duration. 

SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) in treating depression have been widely studied and used over many years, and the reported response rates can vary depending on several factors. Most recently, researchers have found that SSRIs have less than a 30% positive effect in managing depression. As a matter of fact, most SSRIs can make depression worse with a side effect of suicidal ideations. Additionally, it typically takes several weeks (usually 4-6 weeks) to exhibit noticeable positive effects.

Ketamine’s ability to rapidly alleviate depressive symptoms, sometimes within hours of administration coupled with therapy, marks a major advancement in mental health care. Research has found that approximately 50-70% of clients with treatment-resistant depression experience a significant reduction in symptoms after ketamine therapy when working with a therapist. 

At our practice, ketamine therapy or KAP is administered under supportive medical supervision, ensuring physical and emotional safety and maximizing your therapeutic potential. You have a care team of a physician and a therapist that is by your side throughout the process, anchoring in physical, emotional, and mental safety. 

EMDR: Healing Beyond Traditional Talk Therapy for Depression

EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that has been extensively researched and proven effective for trauma recovery and depression. Its use in treating depression is based on the understanding that past traumatic experiences can impact current mental health conditions.

The past has a way of finding itself in the present and future when it is not healed.

EMDR facilitates the processing of these traumatic and depressve experiences, striving to reduce their ongoing psychological effects on the present and future.  Through EMDR, clients can reprocess these traumatic memories, reducing their long-lasting effects and facilitating healing.

Unlike traditional talk therapy, at Shakti Therapy we focus on holistic methods like EMDR. EMDR does not require detailed discussions of the traumatic event, instead, it focuses on changing the emotional response to the memory of the event through bilateral stimulation. This aspect can make it a preferable option for you if you find it difficult to talk about your traumatic experiences.

Key Features of EMDR
  • Utilizes bilateral stimulation to process and integrate traumatic memories by bringing the unconscious to the conscious awareness

  • Aims to reduce emotional distress and strengthen positive beliefs by releasing the trauma

  • Typically involves multiple and consistent sessions for comprehensive treatment

Research supports EMDR's efficacy, particularly for trauma and depression. Studies have shown that EMDR can significantly reduce the symptoms of depression caused by trauma, often in fewer sessions than other forms of therapy. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) endorse EMDR as an effective treatment for trauma and depressionD.

Integrative & Holistic Therapy Approach At Shakti Therapy 

What sets Shakti Therapy & Healing Services apart is its integrative approach, seamlessly blending ketamine therapy with EMDR and other holistic therapeutic modalities. This holistic strategy ensures that treatment is not just about symptom relief but about fostering a deeper sense of well-being that is anchored in your life. 90% of the clients at Shakti Therapy who have undergone this comprehensive treatment plan have reported not just a reduction in depressive symptoms but an overall enhancement in quality of life.

Client Experience and Success Stories of Depression

Compassionate embrace during a therapy session at Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, illustrating the supportive environment for individuals undergoing ketamine and EMDR treatments for depression.
Emotional support in action at Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, where innovative treatments like ketamine and EMDR offer a new hope in the journey to overcoming depression.

The true measure of Shakti Therapy & Healing Services' impact lies in the stories of those who've walked through its doors seeking help. Many recount profound transformations, describing not just a lifting of the heavy fog of depression but also a rekindling of joy and a newfound resilience. These narratives underscore the potential of combining traditional and innovative therapies to forge paths to mental wellness previously thought unattainable.

I did my first ketamine therapy journey work with Ektha. Ektha was very nurturing and attentive to me before, during, and after my journey. She created a set and setting that felt very safe and supportive.  I felt very taken care of and she paid attention to all of the details and met every need or concern that came up for me. This allowed me to let go and let the medicine do the work to help me heal from treatment resistant depression. 

VC Backed Founder

I have been a client at Shakti Therapy, and I have done more self exploration and achieved more personal development in this year than I had in the previous 26 years combined. Their approach is direct and compassionate, which is perfect for those who are ready to face truths and do the work, but not at the expense of their stability. My therapist helped me out of a deep hole of depression that I felt unprepared to deal with, and has given me EMDR tools to confidently dig myself out if I find myself there again in the future. To put it plainly, Shakti Therapy has changed my life, and I would be shocked if anyone who saw her didn't feel the same.

CEO of top 100 companies

Having Jill as a therapist literally saved my life. When I first started my sessions with her I was severely depressed and she gave me my hope back by EMDR and holistic approaches.  What I love the most about her style is how she blends spirituality with therapy techniques. It gave me the perfect balance that my soul really needed to truly heal those deep wounds I avoided my entire life.

High Profile Actress


In the scenic city of Manhattan Beach, Shakti Therapy & Healing Services is redefining the landscape of depression treatment. By integrating ketamine therapy into a holistic treatment paradigm, it offers new hope to those for whom traditional methods have not sufficed. For individuals struggling with depression, this innovative approach represents not just a treatment but a journey toward reclaiming joy and vitality. Those interested are encouraged to reach out, taking that first step on the path to wellness.

Ektha Aggarwal is an experienced licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and Founder of Shakti Therapy and Healing Services.

Shakti Therapy is a holistic & psychotherapeutic mental health clinic. We realize that we are an integral part of the vast and complex web of life - that the health of the whole is intimately connected with the health of the individual. Shakti Therapy combines both ancient Eastern & the most up to date scientific modalities, to create a basis of connection - mind to body, human to nature, individual to community, physical to spiritual, past to present to future.

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