C3 Newsletter January 2024

Embracing Change and Evolution: A Message from our CEO, Reverdi Darda

As we move into January and the new year, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey Cena Life Inc. has embarked upon.

It will soon be two years since we began, and that time has held considerable growth, learning, and profound experiences.I am filled with gratitude and excitement as I look back at our history and forward to the future. 

For me, the new year symbolizes a time of change, evolution, and transition. These are themes that deeply resonate with the core of our mission at Cena Life Inc. Just like the seasons transition and nature evolves, so do we as individuals and as a collective. This transition is not just a change over time but an opportunity for renewal and growth, both personally and professionally. 
In this past year, we’ve witnessed the transformative power of merging science with nature, an approach central to our services.

This union is not just a methodology; it’s a philosophy that guides our commitment to holistic care. Our journey has been about understanding and respecting this delicate balance, ensuring that we offer support that is not only scientifically sound but also deeply rooted in the individual’s natural wisdom of healing. 

Our dedication to mental health and well-being through innovative therapies like psychology, Ketamine treatments, rTMS, and Canada Health’s the Special Access Program for Psilocybin and MDMA therapies, is an example of our commitment to this balance.

As we continue to grow, we remain steadfast in our mission to provide regulated, safe, effective, and compassionate care to our clients. As we embrace this new year, let’s continue to grow, learn, and support each other. Let’s remain open to the changes and transitions that life brings, knowing that in these processes, we find our strength and purpose. 

Reverdi Darda

New Space!

We are thrilled to announce an exciting change is on the horizon for Cena Life Inc., as we prepare to move to a new clinic location at 1155, 5555 Calgary Trail NW in Edmonton.

The past year has been a profound journey of learning, deliberate pacing, and the meticulous establishment of safety protocols and processes within our existing clinic.

Our commitment to providing exceptional Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Services (PDTS) hinges significantly on the atmosphere or ’setting’ we provide our clients — this is a cornerstone in facilitating transformative and healing experiences.

The new clinic space, which we are diligently preparing, will not only reflect our dedication to optimal safety and effective teamwork, but also enhance the therapeutic ambiance integral to the delivery of our services.

As we make this transition, we are grateful for the opportunity to elevate the healing environment for our community, ensuring that every aspect of our space contributes positively to their journey of self-discovery.
Check out our new location

Are you ready to take that next step in your mental health journey?
Are you looking for treatment options that are multidisciplinary focused?
Here are some questions to ask yourself in preparation for the next steps in your journey.

1. Are you willing to be an active member in your healing process?
Psychedelic substances are used as a therapeutic tool to help clients open their minds and access their inner healer. Psychotherapy is combined with the substance to optimize and sustain your healing journey. Active engagement and participation in preparation, during integration therapy sessions, and throughout your treatment is important; this is how you will process your experience, recognize learning opportunities, and take active steps to make meaningful, lasting changes in your life.

2. Are you comfortable with being uncomfortable?
Psychedelic substances can be a powerful catalyst to support your therapy and healing process, however, there is a certain degree of vulnerability that comes with letting go, surrendering to the experience, and trusting in the process. Often challenging memories, thoughts or feelings that were previously buried resurface. Your readiness for change and willingness to allow the process to unfold are important factors in your healing.

3. Do you have internal supports?
Internal supports are your inner strengths and self-care practices that help you to feel calm, safe, and strong. Some examples of internal resources include mindfulness, meditation, hope, gratitude, patience, and spirituality. It is important to distinguish self care practices from coping or avoidance mechanisms that impede the healing process. These coping mechanisms might appear as substance use, excessive screen time, binge eating, or burying yourself in work. These behaviours may temporarily soothe the discomfort of emotions but may block your ability to process what your inner healing has brought to the surface.

4. Do you have external supports?
Psychedelic-assisted therapy (PaT) requires active participation, and this may mean you need to draw on some external resources, such as a designated support person to bring you to and from psychedelic sessions, friends and family who can support you with compassion, or assist you with childcare. If your current living situation feels chaotic, this can negatively impact your healing experience so it is important that you spend some time to address this so you are set up for success.

5. Do you have conditions that may contraindicate* PaT?
A member of our healthcare team will meet with you to assess your eligibility for PaT. The following conditions are not a good fit due to the potential for psychedelic substances to trigger or enhance psychotic episodes, increase blood pressure, or interact with other substances in a harmful way. Some of these conditions can also block the important effects of the psychedelic substance:

  • Active substance abuse

  • Active suicidal ideation

  • Psychosis or schizophrenia

  • Poorly or uncontrolled hypertension

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

  • Uncontrolled or undiagnosed seizure disorder

  • Severe cardiovascular disease

  • Intercranial pressure or recent traumatic brain injury

  • Severe liver or kidney disease

*cause potential harm or negative effects when combined

Our Team

Meet Priya Bains, Lead Psychologist

Priya has been practicing as Registered Psychologist in Alberta for over 15 years.  Her clinical practice has been focused on trauma and somatic processing to help achieve healing for her clients. As a Certified Hakomi Therapist, she believes in our relationship to many realms including the cognitive, emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects of life. Moving into the discipline of psychedelic medicine is a continuation of the work and space she already holds for her clients to do their own healing.  She is excited to partner with a variety of medicines that will facilitate the therapeutic process. Priya is also a business owner, a mother, a partner, a nature-lover, and is delighted by moving her physical body.