Ketamine Assisted Therapy
deepening the therapy process
Do you find yourself still unable to truly experience relief from negative cognitions, self-beliefs and distortions despite all of your best efforts? Have you tried talk therapy and even other non-traditional therapies and still feel like you're needing something different? Have you been labeled treatment-resistant?
What is Ketamine and Ketamine-Assisted Therapy?
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that has hallucnogenic effects and takes on psychedelic properties. Its dissociative properties can give users a distanced view of their experience including their thoughts, emotions, and reactions to trauma and pain. This experience can be helpful assistance to clients who are working through unhealed wounds and trauma. This distance can allow clients who previously could not tolerate the trauma to process it and to create new and long-lasting neurological connections. There are several different ways a presriber can administer ketamine and these medicine sessions can last up to 90 minutes with or without a therapist present, depending on the mode of administration.
At Mindful Springs, many of our therapists offer Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP). Sessions are scheduled for a minimum of 90 minutes and some of the service may be covered by insurance (please speak with your Mindful Springs therapist and our admin team to determine coverage and out of pocket cost if using insurance). In order to get started with KAP, your Mindful Springs therapist will refer you to a ketamine prescriber and begin sessions aimed at preparing you for your medicine. Once ready (determined by YOU with the help of your providers!) you will have your medicine session and if it is oral ketamine, you will take your medicine during a therapy session with the support of your Mindful Springs therapist. After your medicine session, you will engage in integration work through additional therapy sessions and other activities such as journaling, meditation, spending time in nature etc. Most clients repeat this process several times until they and their providers determine that treatment is complete.
Mindful Springs KAP therapists support our clients in listening to their innate wisdom about their healing. When it comes to mental health and healing depression, trauma and other mental illnesses, we believe our clients have the wisdom to heal inside. Ketamine allows our clients to open doors to this wisdom that they previously did not know existed or remained shut during other treatment attempts.
KAP is an effective treatment for:
- PTSD, including chronic trauma
- Postpartum depression and anxiety
- Depression, including treatment-resistant depression
- Eating disorders
- Somatization (physical pain as a result of mental illness such as anxiety or depression)
- and more!