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Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

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ketamine-assisted psychotherapy

How It Works

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a powerful, legal, therapeutic use of ketamine to help aid the process of gaining insight and healing during therapy sessions. Currently, ketamine is the only legal psychedelic medicine available to mental health providers for the treatment of emotional suffering. Ketamine temporarily creates a non-ordinary state of consciousness that is often described as calm, expansive, and present-moment centered; which allows clients to explore and process difficult emotions at the root of their trauma, treatment-resistant depression, deep patterns of self-loathing or worthlessness, and anxiety. 

Ketamine targets NMDA receptors in the brain via mechanisms that are entirely different in comparison to traditional antidepressants (SSRI/MAOI/SNRI). Research has shown Ketamine’s biological effects include increased neurogenesis (creation of new neurons), increased neuroplasticity (formation of new neural pathways), and dimming of the ‘default mode network’ (associated with the rumination found in anxiety and depression).

 

The Process

Treatment begins with an assessment from the psychiatrist with whom I partner, who will determine if based on your symptoms, you could benefit from ketamine-assisted therapy. Considering specific health concerns and goals for treatment, he will prescribe the medicine, at which point we will schedule you for therapy sessions with me.

 

Together, we will explore any questions or concerns during preparation sessions, as well as set intentions and process any themes that might come up throughout treatment. This initial phase will allow us to assess your current situation, collaboratively identify goals, and build a sense of safety and trust. Ketamine-assisted therapy sessions are typically scheduled for about three hours and are recommended for a span of six treatment sessions in total. The ketamine sessions are followed by integration sessions to ensure the highest benefit from the psychedelic medicine sessions.

 

During the integration process, we will use an Internal Family Systems (IFS) framework to help you understand and integrate the parts of yourself that might have been present during the experience. And because IFS, along with ketamine-assisted therapy, revolves around creating harmony and new perspectives, you are likely to experience shifts in your emotional and thinking patterns in the days and weeks following treatment. 

 

The Therapeutic Component

Ketamine has recently become popular in clinic settings where clients are hooked up to an IV drip and left in a room for the duration of their treatment. While many do find relief from their depression symptoms for a period of time, their symptoms usually return; which often translates to a maintenance schedule of frequent IV treatments. 

 

When ketamine is paired with psychotherapy, in a way that takes into account the set, setting, preparation, and proper integration of the experience, clients are able to access very deep psychological material and are guided through it within the context of a safe container. The goal of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is not to manage symptoms temporarily, but rather heal and transform the underlying root causes of those symptoms. 

 

 

If you’re interested in discussing your options or learn more about how I can help, please contact me to schedule a free 30-minutes phone consultation.