Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
Ketamine is the most widely used anesthetic medicine for humans in the world, and is safe for both adults and children in a medical setting. With doses lower than those used for anesthesia, Ketamine produces a "non-ordinary" state of consciousness, much different than our day-to-day experience of "normal" waking consciousness. This experience can be a useful tool for significantly disrupting unhelpful patterns of thought, states of mood and ways of perceiving. In conjunction with psychotherapy, Ketamine may be used to treat a variety of psychological conditions, and help people to get "unstuck" from the struggles by offering a break from normal consciousness, and a psychedelic journey into the mind. Ketamine has also been demonstrated to produce rapid (within hours) and sustained antidepressant actions in people experiencing significant depression.
Like other psychedelics, it’s very difficult to describe the Ketamine experience. Some people may feel that their consciousness is away or apart from their body, while others report a deep sense of connection to the "self", the world and to reality itself. Many report that they're able to get a bird's eye view of their life and circumstances, and find new perspective and purpose in the challenges they're facing. It may be felt as an important "break" or interruption to the patterns of daily life. During Ketamine Therapy, your therapist will ensure you feel safe and confident going into the experience and will be with you throughout the process to offer emotional support and guidance in working through whatever comes up for you.
Yes. We know so much about Ketamine’s safety because it has been administered to millions of people worldwide. It's regarded as one of the most important medicines by the World Health Organization, largely due to its safety and effectiveness. Often, when children require anesthesia, Ketamine is the medicine of choice by treating physicians. Unlike opioids, Ketamine does not depress the respiratory system which could cause someone to stop breathing. It also does not lower blood pressure, which would be equally as dangerous.
INTERO maintains strict medical standards to ensure patient safety even at the sub-anesthetic doses used for Ketamine Therapy. Side effects are very rare and usually mild (ie. some people may experience nausea). Patients are given a thorough medical evaluation to ensure they are appropriate candidates. During the therapy, patients are monitored by medical professionals to immediately address any side effects should they occur.
Due to its established safety and efficacy record, Ketamine is the only psychedelic medicine approved by the FDA.
a typical course
Because each treatment plan is highly tailored to a person's specific needs, there is no typical course of treatment. But, for reference, 3 Medicine Sessions might occur over the course of 3-4 months, surrounded by Assessment, Preparation, and Integration sessions as needed.
1 Session with therapist + 1 Session with medical provider
We do as many preparation sessions as you need to feel equipped for your medicine experience. Preparation sessions focus on:
- building a trusting relationship with your therapist
- orienting you towards the psychedelic experience
- explore intentions, expectations, and apprehensions
- co-create a framework for understanding your psychedelic experience
2 – 4 Sessions
2 – 3 Sessions