Meet Our Provider Matt Gullett

Blood in the cut,’ that intriguing title and repeated line from K Flay’s song is said by the artist to refer to ‘a desire to inundate oneself with pain or angst or noise or joy, or really any experience, in order to have ownership of the feeling.’ That is the place where I often meet people in their lives filled with pain, hurt, anguish, fear and/or deep depression. All manifesting through their continuing struggles with trauma and/or addiction. As a professional in the field of trauma and addiction therapy and treatment, I come to the use of ketamine and other psychedelics to help those suffering or struggling in their life halting stuckness. It is a state of being that can often be assisted through talk therapy, recovery processes and groups, but sometimes those therapies aren’t enough to help with getting over that hump of feeling/being stuck. The use of psychedelics, such as ketamine, can help one to move through the hump and open up their healing journey.

Professionally, I offer my presence and experience as: a fellow human on my life’s journey; a psychotherapist trained in narrative, relational and psychodynamic therapies at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (Master of Counseling Psychology); a trauma and addictions specialist with three treatment certifications (CSAT(sex), CMAT(substances) & CPTT(trauma)) from the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals; a budding psychedelic assisted psychotherapist,  with training and certification from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA- Assisted Therapy Certification; a Mindfulness Based Addiction Trauma Therapist and lastly over twenty-five years of work in higher education and counseling (twelve as a psychotherapist).

Personally, I live and work in the south sound area (Tacoma), near the great Mt. Tahoma (Rainier). Most of my time outside of the office is spent with my wife of thirty plus years, our three grown children, our two legged furry housemates (Ollie (Lab/Aussie mix) & Pepper (Heeler/Aussie mix), ten chickens, gardens, fruit trees and who knows what next. I love the outdoors, music (ambient post-rock), reading (former librarian of 25 years), and tinkering.

When asked what “is the most important question a scientist can ask?” Einstein, rocking in a chair on his porch, replied, “the most important question that any person can ask is whether or not the universe is a friendly place?” and he added, “The answer we find determines what we do with our lives. If the universe is a friendly place, we will spend our time building bridges. Otherwise, people use all their time to build walls. We decide.” My hope is to be with you in your process to consider or to build the bridges you might need created in your life.

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Meet our Medical Team

Rafael Gonzalez-Vizoso, MD

Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso started his education at Brooklyn College where he earned his BA in chemistry while fulfilling his pre-med requirements, graduating Cum Laude. He completed his medical school education at Harvard Medical School where he also did a year of research in Tropical Medicine.

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His internship was done at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a Tufts University Medical School affiliated program, and his residency in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center, a Boston University Medical School affiliated program.

He has been board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine since 1996. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine in multiple settings -anywhere from Level 2 Trauma Centers in urban settings to small to medium rural hospitals- since his graduation from residency in 1994. He is currently the Medical Director for Emergency Services at a critical care access rural hospital in Eastern Washington. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Lightshine, a non profit organization dealing with the care of orphans -specifically in the setting of attachment disorder-, and has traveled extensively on behalf of this organization through Central and South America.

After arriving in Seattle in 1996, he taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine at the University of Washington Medical School as a clinical instructor for 5 years. He also engaged in outcomes research as the medical director of Health Research Associates, Inc. where he co-authored papers, wrote grants and lead studies for 10 years. For the past 18 months, he has been interested in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and has undergone all the appropriate training with The Ketamine Training Center, headed by Dr. Phil Wolfson, a leading authority on ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and has become certified in this treatment modality.

Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso’s interest in KAP was sparked by the dearth of options available for mental health patients in crisis as well as people with addiction disorders. This induced him to delve into the latest research in the use of psychedelics for mental illnesses. He has used ketamine as an anesthetic in the emergency medicine setting as aid for painful procedures and rapid sequence intubation for over 25 years and is very familiar with the use and safety profile of ketamine. During his training for KAP, Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso experienced firsthand the amazing effects of ketamine. In association with veteran, ketamine trained psychotherapists, he has become increasingly active in the field of applying psychedelics in the setting of mental illnesses and hopes to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Besides his interests in medicine, Dr. Gonzalez-Vizoso holds two black belts in two different styles of martial arts, is an avid free diver and spearfisherman as well as an avid cyclist. He is an amateur historian and has serious spiritual and religious pursuits. He also writes poetry but is too afraid to show it to anyone yet.

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