My Professional Journey
By the time I graduated high school I had decided that I would like to attend medical school to pursue a career in Psychiatry. Although I had grown up in Houston, I felt ready to explore a new part of the country, and I chose to attend Northwestern University just north of Chicago. Because my pre-medicine requirements provided me with sufficient math and science exposure, I chose to balance my undergraduate education by majoring in Hispanic Studies. This proved to be a useful compromise between the practical and more creative aspects of my Self: I returned to Texas and was better able to communicate with many of the individuals I intended to heal, and I was stimulated by the exploration of a different culture and the push to think in a different tongue.
I returned to Houston for medical school at the University of Texas, what is now known as McGovern Medical School. These were challenging and growth-inspiring years. During my time in medical school I found myself affirmed in my initial decision to pursue Psychiatry, in awe of the immense diversity of human behavior and experience. I became more and more curious about the human unconscious, which lead me to pursue residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry. The program stood out to me as depth-oriented and with greater psychoanalytic emphasis than the typical psychiatry program. While in residency I pursued and completed Studies in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, a certification program through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (member of the American Psychoanalytic Association).
I began treating patients in private practice in 2012 with medications and psychotherapy. I quickly became aware of how pervasive the impact of trauma is on the human psyche, and I sought ongoing education through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation to better understand these processes. As I worked longer and with more individuals it became clear to me how even individuals without an identified history of trauma experience more subtle manifestations of the same processes we have studied in PTSD and more severe dissociation. The inevitable frustrations, disappointments, and betrayals that we all face in life can lead to shame, withdrawal, or any number of defenses that take us further away from ourselves and our community. At its core, I believe that psychotherapy is effective when it brings us closer to the truth of our Selves and others.
It was this same belief in the restoration of the natural self that inspired my return to a more functional exploration of the body's physiology, in order to better understand its systems and habits. To this end, I enrolled in the fellowship program with the Integrative Psychiatric Institute to become a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Integrative wellness speaks to me on many levels, and I view this approach as deeply compatible with the depth psychotherapy approach I learned to value early in my training. A functional and integrative approach to biological treatment acknowledges that the health of each individual's body and mind relies upon myriad interconnected systems, and imbalance in any one of them can create a cascade that results in distress and dysfunction. To expand the availability of holistic, depth-oriented psychiatric care, I co-founded Your Wellness Practice, a group practice integrating experts in traditional psychiatry, psychotherapy, functional medicine, nutrition, plant-based medicines (green pharmacy), and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Every day I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the thoughtful providers who have joined me in the practice, as we work together to heal individuals at multiple levels of intervention.
My interest in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) began years ago. I am convinced of the transformative power of psychedelic and spiritual experiences, and their innate capacity to disrupt our often-rigid egos to put us in touch with something more absolute than ourselves. It felt important to provide this awesome service in a conscientious and personalized way to those who might benefit, and it took me some time to find the right way to do so. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy incorporates a journey away from our usual state of consciousness into a more rarefied state. Paradoxically, it is the "realer than real" quality of the mystical experience that creates a resonance within ourselves to recognize the truth of what the journey offers, humbling our egoic perspective and opening us up to something bigger. My early work in this practice honing my approach to KAP provided the foundation for the work I do now with my team at Your Wellness Practice, and that I continue to do here, with my colleague and friend, Connie Ittner.
August 2004 - June 2008
University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston
Merck Manual Award for Excellence in Medical Studies
July 2008 - June 2012
Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry
Educational Planning, Resident Call, and Resident Recruitment Committees
September 2010 - June 2012
Center for Psychoanalytic Studies - Houston
Studies in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Co-founding Officer of The Alumni Group
July 2012 - Current
Kriste Babbitt, M.D., PLLC
Individual adult psychopharmacology and psychotherapy
July 2012 - June 2018
Baylor College of Medicine Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Staff Psychiatrist for Ben Taub Emergency Center, Ben Taub Clinic, and Lord of the Streets
Outreach Psychiatry for Houston's Homeless Population
Clinical Psychotherapy Supervisor for Residents
STUDIES IN TRAUMA
September 2013 - May 2021
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Studies in Complex Trauma I and II
Studies in Dissociation I and II
August 2021 - June 2022
Integrative Psychiatry Institute
Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider
CO-FOUNDER + MEDICAL DIRECTOR
January 2022 - Current
Your Wellness Practice, PLLC
Integrative Physical and Mental Health and Wellness
Intravenous Ketamine and IV Nutrition and Detoxification
January 2022 - Current
Individually curated ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in a thoughtful, contained, and well-paced environment.
Oral, intramuscular, and subcutaneous dosing for therapeutic journeys.