Clinician Spotlight: Rachael Duran, NP

Innerwell Team

Let’s start with something easy. Can you tell us a little about your professional background and areas of focus?

My professional background started in a Neuro-Surgical Critcial Care department which quickly lent itself to Emergency Care. I spent about 10 years identifying and managing physical illness. About 7 years ago I moved into a Family Practice Role. I grew frustrated at the boundaries of addressing physical ailments as looking for root cause was intuitive for me. I started specializing in mental health and wellness and developed protocols and bio-individualized approaches to treating humans as whole people. This naturally aligned with the psychedelic medicine movement for me and the leap was easy and fulfilling.

How would you describe your approach to therapy?

I lean towards a humanistic and experiential lens when I address mental health and wellness. I am a lifelong believer in a therapeutic connection and personal growth.

What would your patients say about you?

My patients would say I am empathetic, kind and open minded. I aim to make people feel heard, seen and validated while still acknowledging the progress and growth still in front of us. My patients would also say I have a great sense of humor and a wealth of random knowledge.

How did you become interested in working with psychedelics including ketamine?

I had watched psychedelics in the literature for several years, hopeful of the healing they might offer if de-stigmatized and made available with guidance. An opportunity presented itself to make the leap into the field and I never looked back. I feel incredibly aligned with this type of work as a provider and a human.

What has been your most meaningful experience in working with psychedelics?

It is too hard to pick one meaningful experience with psychedelics, there are so many. From participating in the healing I watch others endeavor, to watching in awe as patients transform their lives and start living the way they most desire, to my own deeper sense of connection to all that is. Psychedelics have genuinely changed my life and many of the people I am privileged to support.

What excites you most about the future of psychedelics?

Everything excites me about the future of psychedelics, hopeful to see what this offers in the way of couples work as well. It excites me to see the world more curious and open to this type of work, and the hope that accompanies it, to shifting our societal consciousness to a more healed and integrated path forward.

Enough about work! Let’s try some rapid fire questions;
  • First, Where do you live? -Southern California
  • What's a perfect afternoon? - Late breakfast and laying around with my dog Mabel.
  • Favorite food? Pizza/Pasta - Charcuterie
  • Describe yourself in two words. - Curious Healer

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