GROUPS – Booster Group and new KAP Group starting in November 2019

Polaris KAP Group

Our upcoming group at Polaris Insight Center is offered exclusively for patients who are interested in undergoing intensive ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in a group setting.

The group consists of 3 – 4 patients and meets for 4 experiential sessions, along with an initial preparation session and two integration sessions (following KAP session #2 and #4).  Each experiential session is 4 hours long.

How do I participate?

The first step is an initial intake session with a psychologist and physician at the clinic. The intake involves a comprehensive psychological and medical evaluation and screening for any risk factors. If you are not a good candidate for the group, then alternative approach will be discussed and/ or a referral will be made.

How much?

The total for the group is $3000. The $450 fee for the intake will go toward the total fee for the group, if you are determined to be a good candidate. Payment of $2550 is required upon admission to the group.

What is required?

All participants need to be engaged in outside psychotherapy in order to qualify for the group.  Referrals for psychotherapy can be provided as needed.

When?

The group meets on Thursday and Monday afternoons.

The dates for upcoming group:  Monday November 18th – Thursday Dec 19th:

Schedule:

Session 1: Preparation, November 18th, Monday 4:00 – 5:30

Session 2: IM Session 1 (low dose), November 25th, Monday 2:00 – 6:00

Session 3: IM Session 2 (low moderate dose), December 2nd, Monday 2:00 – 6:00

Session 4: Integration, December 5th, Thursday 4:00 – 5:30

Session 5: IM Session 3 (high/moderate dose), December 9th, Monday 2:00 – 6:00

Session 6: IM Session 4 (high/moderate dose), December 16th, Monday 2:00 – 6:00

Session 7: Integration, December 19th, Thursday 4:00 – 5:30

Facilitators

Facilitators are Eric Sienknecht, Psy.D. (psychologist) and Jordan Eipper, M.D. (psychiatrist)

If you have any questions or want to participate, please email Dr. Sienknecht at eric@polarisinsight.com.

IM Ketamine Booster Group

Polaris Insight Center offers IM Ketamine Booster Group. This group is for past and current Polaris Insight Center patients only and you can be referred to the group by your treating therapist. The cost of the group is $650.

We will be holding booster groups for existing patients on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at our clinic: 4257 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114. These will be IM ketamine groups and will be facilitated by a senior therapist and a nurse practitioner. Group size will be limited to 4 people per group. Fee is $650 per session. 

All referrals to group will be coordinated through your primary Polaris therapist. In case you are interested in attending a booster group session, the first step is to contact and consult with your primary therapist to discuss potential participation. Once you and primary therapist have agreed that the group is appropriate, you will receive a link via email to sign up for the group. 

Dr. Harvey Schwartz will be the contact person for ongoing scheduling and can be reached at harvey@polarisinsight.com. 

Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to fill out measures, and the group will begin promptly at 5:00pm. Following the experiential phase of the session, there will be a short group sharing. 

As with individual sessions, participants are asked to refrain from food 4 hours and liquids 1 hour prior to the session. Arrangement for a friend/partner for pick up/drop off or use of Uber/Lyft is required.  

Please contact your primary therapist with any further questions about the group.