Gerard Artesona is an Oakland based psychotherapist specializing in integration therapy.
His therapeutic approach bridges western psychology and entheogenic ritual & practice in order to support his clients on their healing journeys. He has worked in mental health for over 15 years.
Outside of his private practice, Gerard currently works in an inpatient hospital setting and has conducted integration group supporting those undergoing ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Gerard has also taught yoga and mindfulness to inmates and has worked in group homes and in community mental health, where he focused on serving San Francisco’s Central American migrant population.
Gerard embraced the healing potential of plant medicines, principally ayahuasca (or yage) over 10 years ago. The perspectives surrounding these traditions have inspired and deepened his professional approach and overall understanding of wellbeing.
Gerard uses his varied skill set as a retreat facilitator/cofacilitator at the Ocean Forest Ecolodge in Osa, Costa Rica.
2012 Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (currently known as Sofia University)
2009 Bachelors Degree of Psychology from Delaware State University
2007 Associates Degree in Human Services from Delaware Technical and Community College
2021 Certification of Training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy from the Ketamine Training Center
2018 Diversity Fellowship recipient for the California Institute of Integral Studies Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research Program
2017 I was afforded the opportunity to train at Piedmont Yoga qualifying me as a RYT 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher. This program was unique, as it focused on the intersection between self-care & social justice