What to expect
I believe that each of us has the answers we are seeking for our lives. We all have access to an inner intelligence that wants to move towards discovery and healing. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can be a powerful tool for accessing the answers, awareness, and insights that already exist within you.
I integrate ketamine treatments with psychotherapy. Psychotherapy with ketamine is the most effective treatment. The ketamine allows us to dive deeper, speeding up the process in ways talk therapy on its own simply cannot. Each type of treatment on its own can have a positive impact. But it’s only the integration of the two that creates lasting, life-changing results.
We will start with a written intake in which you describe your symptoms and determine whether ketamine-assisted therapy (KAT) might be of benefit to you. If so, you will meet with me for a few preparatory sessions before meeting with a prescribing physician for an initial consultation and psychiatric assessment. If you qualify you will continue to work with me to prepare for your KAT session. There will be a minimum of three preparatory sessions before your first KAT session. In some cases, more than three sessions may be essential to your treatment.
I work in partnership with physicians, psychiatrist, and psychiatric nurse who provide medical monitoring and supervision. I consult regularly with clients’ primary medical and mental health care-providers (If applicable), and, when appropriate, I provide referrals for other treatment options.
The ketamine session itself typically lasts 2-3 hours. I will be with you throughout the ketamine session. While there are many possible routes of administration, I primarily work with sublingual lozenges. The effects begin to appear after about 15- 20 minutes, peak for about 40 minutes, and dissipate over the following 1-2 hours. Positive impacts on mood have been shown to last over the following days and sometimes weeks.
After your first KAT session, you will have at least 2 integration sessions in which I will help you integrate your experience during the ketamine session, discuss how you responded to the medicine, and determine an individualized course of treatment moving forward. I recommend a commitment to at least 3 ketamine sessions, as this medicine tends to have a cumulative effect and is most beneficial after multiple treatments. Please contact me directly for more detailed information and to answer any questions you might have.
The psycholytic and psychedelic aspects of psychotherapy can provide:
- A beneficial “time out” from ordinary mind and reality (and habitual patterns of thinking and perceptions)
- Profound shifts to more positive perspectives on the self, relationships, and one’s place in the larger world
- More positive outlooks on challenging life situations and relationships
- A decrease in negative or obsessive thoughts and negative self-talk Increase in self-esteem and self-compassion
- An enhancement of creative problem-solving abilities
- Greater motivation for lifestyle or behavior changes
- Relief of existential anxieties and a potential for greater spiritual curiosity