What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is used all over the world as an anesthetic. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the therapeutic properties of ketamine as tool for treatment-resistant depression, and other psychiatric disorders.

In addition to its anesthetic effects, ketamine can have psychedelic properties that can launch people into an expansive, transpersonal state. Currently, ketamine is the only legal substance available for psychedelic assisted therapy.

 

How is it used in therapy?

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) combines the therapeutic effects of Ketamine with the support of a therapeutic relationship to help clients explore difficult psychological material and to facilitate resolution. It provides an opportunity for the temporary softening of psychological defenses, allowing for deeper self-reflection and psychotherapeutic processing.

During your 3 hour ketamine session, you will be supported by your therapist, while you enter a state of expanded consciousness. You may experience mild anesthetic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, and psychoactive effects. You are also likely to have increased sensitivity to light and sound, as well as an altered sense of time. At higher doses, you may enter psychedelic, dissociative states.

Your therapist will work with you to target and heal the underlying causes of your depression, anxiety or trauma. Our goal is to help you gain a greater understanding of your symptoms and work towards resolution.

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy combines the therapeutic effects of Ketamine with the support and safe container available through the therapeutic relationship. In this approach to ketamine treatment, the medicine is administered via a lozenge, administered in our office.

 

What is the difference between ketamine assisted psychotherapy and ketamine infusions?

A ketamine infusion session, usually lasts about 40 minutes and there is normally no psychotherapeutic engagement during or after the session. Ketamine’s biochemical effect on the brain can alleviate symptoms for many people, however those changes may not be lasting, without the support of psychotherapy.

In our model, ketamine is used as an adjunct to therapy. We use the altered state that is created with ketamine, to help you access feelings and memories that are normally beyond your conscious awareness.

Ketamine’s anesthetic properties can help you access painful emotions with greater ease. The goal is to offer a lasting relief from your symptoms. You may also gain a greater clarity and insight into inner processes, a new capacity for handling life’s challenges, increased acceptance, and a sense of meaning.

 

Are you interested in ketamine treatment? Learn more

You can also email us at: info@whole-living-center.com to schedule an initial consultation. 

If you are looking for support around the use of psychedelics, please see our Psychedelic Education and Support Program.