Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

Research suggests that Ketamine sessions are most effective when coupled with psychotherapy. Having a trusted
therapist to guide you can help with integration of new insights, process memories and identify changes you want to make. I have been trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through TRIPP AZ and I engage in ongoing Ketamine specific consultation. 

There are encouraging clinical research results that show Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) can induce profound positive changes in one’s life, especially for those suffering from:

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Suicidal Ideation
Ketamine Therapy

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a Schedule III medication that has been used as an anesthetic and analgesic in various medical settings for decades. It has a long track record of being very safe. Ketamine works as a psychoactive medicine and can create an empathogenic experience, as it interacts with some of your brain’s neurotransmitter receptors. When used in a supervised setting at low doses, Ketamine therapy is quite safe.

It is now being used “off-label” to treat of a number of mental health conditions previously considered to be “treatment resistant”.  At the doses administered for KAP, most people experience mild anesthetic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, and psychedelic effects. Ketamine also begins promoting rapid brain growth very shortly after administration. When all of these effects are paired with integrative psychotherapy, rich, deep and lasting change becomes very possible.

Learn more on the Psychedelics Today podcast HERE.

How Does Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Help?

Ketamine softens psychological defenses which can allow one to safely explore their inner world by calming the sympathetic nervous system. It can accelerate therapy by assisting one to face painful memories and experiences with greater ease and perspective and less of a flight/fight response. Ketamine can help one to dissolve stuck patterns and reveal split off parts of one’s psyche for a fuller integration of the self. Because Ketamine promotes neuroplasticity- which is the brain’s ability to learn,
change and adapt- one can make new connections, ways of thinking which support the ability for new habits and patterns to emerge.

While many clinics offer Ketamine IV drips with little to no therapeutic support, I am able to guide my clients with ketamine in the comfort and safety of my office. The journey is self-reflective and uniquely yours, but I will be with you the entire time. 

PROCESS:

Intake: After an initial conversation with me to be sure you are a good fit for KAP, you will scheudle an appointment with one of the medical providers that I collaborate with for a full psychiatric evaluation and medical review. This is an additional cost to the provider directly. After they determine you are a candidate, they will prescribe the ketamine and you will need to pick it up from a local compounding pharmacy and bring it with you to your KAP sessions with me. The medical provider will also share information about what to expect and how to prepare for your first session.  

KAP sessions: KAP is conducted in my office in a quiet, comfortable, private, and safe environment. Each KAP session lasts 2- 2 1/2 hours.  During that time, you will work with me to set your intentions for the particular session and address any concerns you have before taking the medicine. We may also spend some time integrating insights from prior sessions. The ketamine will be in the form of a lozenge.  It will begin to take effect about 10 minutes after it starts to dissolve in your mouth.  During your ketamine experience music will be played to enhance your experience and I will be at your side, available for any support you need. As the medicine wears off, you may want to start sharing the details of your experience. We may do some processing about your experience at that time, but I will also transcribe your experience for you to be used later in any integration work you decide to do. The medicine wears off relatively quickly, but you will not be able to drive for the rest of the day. The recommended protocol based in the research is 6 sessions in a 2-3 week period of time. 

Integration: Integration is an ongoing process and will be unique to each individual.  The curative effects of KAP sessions continue for quite some time, long after all sessions have been completed. Finding a safe space to talk about your experience can be very beneficial. Activities such as journaling, art work, and time in nature can also be helpful.  If you have a therapist you are working with, integration can also be very powerful in that setting.  I am also available for integration work either between sessions or after the completion of the KAP series.

COST:

Includes collaboration of care with your therapist (if applicable) and the prescribing provider.

6 KAP sessions:

2.5 hours each session is $420. Total cost= $2520

Maintenence session:

Future maintenence KAP session within three months of six session series (2.5 hours) is $375

*Please note that I am unable to provide a “superbill” for insurance, as KAP is not a covered or reimbursable service.

*10% discount for healthcare providers