Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
We believe ketamine sessions are most effective when paired with psychotherapy. Our treatment protocol includes sessions that will prepare you for your ketamine sessions and assist you in integrating your experiences afterwards.
We emphasize the potential for change and such change is best facilitated within a structured, supportive psychotherapeutic environment with a therapist who is aware of your issues, hopes, desires, and struggles.
A ketamine treatment session has the potential to create a non-ordinary state of consciousness and facilitate a profound transpersonal or mystical experience. These sort of peak experiences have been shown to expand one’s sense of self and understanding of existence. Ketamine may also enable you to access your own inner healing intelligence in a manner that is valuable to you. Your therapist serves as a guide and assists in processing the experience and its impact.
Ketamine is a medication that has long been used safely as an anesthetic and analgesic agent. It is classified as a dissociative anesthetic. Ketamine has been used in surgical settings and pain management since its approval by the FDA in 1970. It is now increasingly applied clinically as an off-label treatment for various chronic treatment-resistant mental health conditions, such as depression, alcoholism and other substance dependencies, PTSD, OCD, and other psychiatric diagnoses.
Essential to the treatment is a time-out from one’s usual day-to-day experience. The process is characterized by the relaxation of ordinary concerns and usual mindset, all while maintaining conscious awareness. This tends to lead to a disruption of negative feelings and obsessional preoccupations. Many feel that this interruption–and the exploration of other possible states of consciousness–can produce significant shifts in overall well-being. This process might also include a positive change in outlook and character.