Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

Ketamine Psychotherapy

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that uses the anesthetic drug ketamine to enhance the therapeutic process. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that has been used in medical settings for decades, but in recent years, it has gained attention as a potential treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions.

In ketamine-assisted therapy, a small dose of ketamine is administered to the client under the supervision of a trained therapist or medical professional. The dose is carefully calibrated to provide a mild psychedelic experience, which can help clients gain a new perspective on their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Ketamine-assisted therapy is typically provided in a therapeutic setting, with a therapist or medical professional present to guide the client through the experience. The therapist may use a range of techniques, such as talk therapy, mindfulness-based practices, or body-centered therapies, to help clients integrate their experience and gain deeper insights into their psychological patterns and issues.

Ketamine-assisted therapy is still a relatively new approach, and research is ongoing to explore its safety and efficacy. Several clinical trials have found that ketamine-assisted therapy can produce rapid and significant reductions in depressive symptoms, with some individuals experiencing relief within hours or days after treatment. Similarly, studies have found that ketamine-assisted therapy can be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD and anxiety—particularly social anxiety disorder.

It is important to note that ketamine-assisted therapy should only be provided by trained professionals in a safe and supportive environment, and that it is not appropriate for everyone. Potential risks and side effects should be carefully considered and discussed with a medical professional or therapist before pursuing this approach

The Center for Psychotherapy and Integrative Health is partnered with various clinics that provide safe and legal use of a psychedelic called Ketamine for the purposes of treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. If you are interested in this treatment, please reach out to learn more

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