“I felt so disconnected from the world and from myself for a long time, and this one session really brought me back.” – Derek Du Chense
Join host Paul Dio as he interviews Derek Du Chense, the founder of Better You Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, as they discuss the pressing need for alternative approaches to healthcare.
Derek’s own experience with depression and suicidal thoughts led him to explore alternative approaches to mental health and ultimately create a platform that offers comprehensive support for individuals seeking psychedelic-assisted therapy.,Derek opens up about his struggles with depression and how traditional methods of treatment did not provide the relief he needed. It was not until he tried ketamine-assisted therapy that he experienced a transformative breakthrough. Inspired by his own healing, Derek recognized the need to make this form of therapy more accessible and affordable. Better You was born out of his mission to provide not just treatment, but also preparation, integration, and ongoing support for individuals seeking psychedelic-assisted therapy
Topics covered in this Episode:
- Dive into the world of alternative healthcare options for a more personalized and natural way to wellness.
- Delve into the topic of psychedelic and ketamine therapy as an emerging breakthrough in mental health.
- Become more informed about suicide prevention and the role of mental health awareness in saving lives.
- Unravel the reality of medication overuse and wrong diagnosis, and how it can dangerously impact patients.
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As the CEO and co-founder of Better U, Derek Du Chesne helps transform lives with safe, effective, and affordable at-home psychedelic therapy. After utilizing ketamine therapy to treat depression in 2019, Derek experienced a dramatic life transformation that allowed him to mentally “reset” which inspired him to collaborate with leaders from Stanford’s Psychedelic Science Center and Depression Research Clinic to explore ways to increase accessibility to psychedelic medicine. After discovering how psychedelics can treat a multitude of mental health challenges, making psychedelic medicine more accessible became his mission. In 2021, Derek partnered with Dr. Sam Zand, a leader in psychiatric and psychedelic medicine, to create Better U. Derek Du Chesne was a leader in the cannabis sector, responsible for the sale of over $100MM in cannabis-derived products from 2018-2020. Derek has served as chief executive officer, chief commercial officer, and chief growth officer for leading brands and has a proven track record in the development and execution of marketing strategies, building commercialization infrastructure, increasing revenue, managing internal sales teams, and overseeing launches, expansions, and product development. Derek thrives in emerging industries with a goal-oriented spirit and is dedicated to improving psychiatric and mental health care for all. Earlier in his career, Derek was an actor, producer and stunt performer. Derek has played opposite Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles (Dexter), Esai Morales & Raymond Cruz (Los Americans), Bruce Willis (Marauders), and Robert DeNiro (Heist). He is also an animal welfare advocate and an active volunteer with Animal Tracks, a nonprofit that saves exotic pets.
Timestamped summary of this episode:
00:00:01 – Introduction,
Paul Dio welcomes Derek Duchenne, the founder and CEO of Better You psychedelic assisted therapy, to the podcast.
00:00:32 – Derek’s Personal Calling,
Derek shares his personal experience with depression and how it led him to explore psychedelic-assisted therapy as a treatment option.
00:05:23 – The Power of Ketamine Therapy,
Derek describes his first ketamine therapy session and how it immediately lifted him out of his depression, giving him a new perspective on life and a sense of freedom.
00:10:09 – Lack of Guidance in Traditional Therapy,
Derek discusses the lack of guidance and support he received during his initial ketamine therapy session and how it inspired him to create Better You, a more accessible and supportive therapy model.
00:11:50 – Post-Therapy Transformation,
After his therapy session, Derek shares how he made changes in his life to maintain his mental well-being, including changing his environment, practicing gratitude, and finding purpose in his pain.
00:17:48 – The Impact of Alzheimer’s and Dementia,
The guest discusses the growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia, attributing it to factors such as overprescribing and overdiagnosing of drugs like benzos, opiates, and SSRIs. He also mentions the influence of alcohol and changes in the food supply. He emphasizes the lack of resources for those affected by these conditions.
00:18:59 – Shifting Healthcare Paradigms,
The guest expresses hope for a shift in the healthcare model, moving away from relying on daily pills for every ailment. He believes that people should have access to alternative treatment methods and that the current model is focused on treating rather than healing.
00:19:42 – Advancements in Medicine,
The guest highlights the potential of new drugs and therapies in the field of medicine. He mentions the positive impact of LSD analogs in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and dementia and refers to Ketamine Therapy as a major breakthrough in psychiatry. He also discusses the need to address opioid addiction with currently inaccessible treatments.
00:20:46 – Leaving a Legacy,
The guest reflects on the legacy he hopes to leave behind. He expresses a desire to make a global impact on suicide prevention and help individuals find self-love and healing. He emphasizes the importance of sharing personal experiences to inspire others to seek help.
00:21:54 – Finding More Information,
The guest directs listeners to BetterYucare.com and their YouTube channel, where they share information about various