What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a safe, legal, and highly effective psychedelic medicine being used to treat depression, trauma and anxiety. It is a dissociative anesthetic (dissociation being a sense of disconnection from one’s ordinary reality and sense of self) that is commonly used in surgeries and hospitals worldwide. At a sub-anesthetic dose, ketamine produces a non-ordinary state of consciousness (NOSC) that produces psychedelic and euphoric effects. Ketamine is showing success in providing symptom relief for depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions when administered in conjunction with psychotherapy. What is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy?
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is a modality that combines the support of psychotherapy with the medicinal effects of ketamine. Ketamine serves as a catalyst to bring forward therapeutic content and non-ordinary states of consciousness, while the psychotherapist is present to support clients with deepening and integrating these experiences.
What is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy?
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is a modality that combines the professional oversight of a medical doctor, the emotional support of psychotherapy and the medicinal effects of ketamine. Ketamine serves as a catalyst to bring forward therapeutic content and non-ordinary states of consciousness, while the psychotherapist is present to support clients with deepening and integrating these experiences.
Who is it for?
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is an alternative treatment option for people seeking relief from depression, anxiety, trauma, or other major life challenges. This modality can work in conjunction with other forms of treatment, or can be used when other forms of treatment have not achieved one’s desired results or efficacy. It is also for people who are interested in depth work, spiritual experience, and personal exploration.
Is it a safe treatment?
Yes. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is a safe treatment when administered and supervised by a professional team of psychotherapists and medical personnel. To explore the extensive research being done on this modality, check out the Ketamine Research Foundation website.
What does the overall process look like?
In your initial consult, we will discuss treatment options and help you make an informed decision about whether ketamine treatment is right for you.
Prior to Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) treatment, clients are required to meet with our medical doctor to explore the potential risks and benefits of this treatment. Following this, we provide preparation sessions to set goals and orient to the ketamine-assisted sessions.
KAP sessions are typically 3 hours long and often include a booster dose. These sessions are tailored to each individual. Ketamine is prescribed and administered by an MD either orally with lozenges, or intramuscularly via injection. Dosage will be determined by our medical team and discussed with you prior to your session.
KAP is often offered as a series of multiple sessions, so that each session can build on the next. This allows clients ample time and space to really get the most out of the process and truly experience the transformational benefits of this medicine.
How is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Medicinal Mindfulness different from typical medical ketamine clinics?
Our Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy is a modality that combines our style of psychedelic therapy (Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy) with the medicinal and clinical effects of ketamine, as well as the oversight of licensed medical professionals. These sessions provide a full body and soul holistic psychedelic experience with the clinical and medical oversight required to work with this medicine safely. Sessions combine trauma-informed and evidence-based therapy practices with mindfulness practices, ceremony, ritual, and somatic therapies, within a spiritual orientation and energetic/transpersonal paradigm (if requested).