Ryan LeCompte, B.A., A former United States Marine
Ryan LeCompte, B.A., is a former United States Marine who actively and honorably served as an infantryman from 2007 to 2011. LeCompte is a proud father of two boys, ages 5 and 3. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, and is pursuing his M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. As a psychotherapist, he works with a self-developed western trauma-informed shamanic model as his foundation with a driving focus in Gestalt, Somatic, and Jungian approaches to trauma and addictions. He believes that PTSD and addiction are deeply rooted in childhood trauma and works from a dual-diagnostic perspective. As a patient himself diagnosed with PTSD, he has dedicated his life to addressing suffering, and has worked with both civilians and veterans with PTSD and addiction for over 8 years. He is the founder of a nonprofit organization called Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy (VET), whose primary mission is to spread awareness about alternative medicines for the treatment of treatment-resistant, chronic PTSD in veterans. He also organizes trips to the South American Amazon in Peru with patients suffering from PTSD and addiction to work with Shipibo shamans and curanderos working with ayahuasca for healing. Ryan says:
“The American Psychological Association (APA) has declared that there are three primary approaches to treating PTSD; Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Resources & Education. I had no issue with the psychotherapy (although limited) being offered in and out of the VA, it was the pharmaceutical interventions. The FDA-approved drugs for treating PTSD are anti-depressants for depression, sedating anxiolitics or benzodiazepines for anxiety, and barbiturates for sleeping. These drugs seem to shut out experiences and symptoms associated with trauma by numbing them,” Ryan states, “and this came across to me to be not only exacerbating the symptoms, but also creating new ones. It went against the values and virtues that I as a Marine came to embody while on active duty, a few of them being courage and commitment.”
On his most recent deployment to the Amazon, Ryan was followed by CNN reporter Lisa Ling and VET was featured in a documentary that aired on public television across the world called, “This is Life with Lisa Ling.” Since his excursion to the jungle, Ryan has been conducting scientific research with an organization called the Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and is currently a principal investigator on his study, “Ayahuasca-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant, chronic PTSD in veterans”. He has worked with several highly respected names in his field including Dr. Dr. Gabor Mate, MD, Dr. Stan Grof, MD; Dr. Charles Grob, MD; Dr. Roland Griffiths, MD; Dr. Rick Doblin, PhD; Dr. Dennis McKenna, PhD, and many more. With the experience gained from his connection in his community both in the United States and abroad, Ryan has developed a practical working model that helps patients suffering from addiction and trauma that gives them the ability to integrate their sometimes difficult and sometimes “enlightening” experiences gained under the influence of ayahuasca. Ryan believes that peak experiences hold the key to recovery in regards to many forms of mental illness, but that the real work begins not on the mountain, but in the valley. (Interpersonal/Intrapersonal relationships, etc) He believes recovery and quality of life is a matter of altering consciousness, and working with crisis and trauma at the root may prove effective.
In closing, Ryan says “The beauty of recovery and healing is that there are many options available. Each option and treatment plan can be tailored to the individuals needs at any time and any place. My client-centered approach places all tools on the table so that my clients leave the room with a deep and authentic feeling of progress not perfection, with clarity, self-acceptance and lovingkindness at its coreSource: ayahuascachurches.secure.retreat.guru