Ketamine is currently considered to be the only medicine from the group of psychedelic drugs that health providers can legally use for the treatment of patients suffering from mental illnesses. When it first started to be used in psychiatric treatments, it was solely for treatment resistant depression without a psychotherapeutic session, administered intravenously. In these scenarios, psychedelic effects of ketamine were considered undesirable side occurrences.
It has since been established that the psychedelic properties of ketamine can be beneficial to patients suffering from a range of mental illness diagnoses when used together with psychotherapy, which has evolved into the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy method (KAP) that we know of today. KAP optimizes regular office-based psychotherapy treatments as the results are much more easily achieved with the help of experiential and biological effects that ketamine provides.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy has shown promising results in treatments of patients who are suffering from anxiety, PTSD, and depression, especially those with severe symptoms and older patients.
How Does Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Work?
A therapy session facilitated with ketamine allows patients to access the unconscious more easily, since a low dose of ketamine produces a dreamlike or hypnotic state. While we are fully awake, in our normal state, we have defense mechanisms and barriers that serve to keep at bay memories, emotions that are unpleasant or that we cannot tolerate. There are also phobias and repressed feelings stored in our unconscious, where they cannot be readily accessed. Ketamine helps break these barriers and allows easier access to the unconscious. If administered at higher doses, ketamine can produce a dissociative effect and meaningful and deep transpersonal experience.
People react to ketamine differently and the rates at which someone comes to terms with their suppressed emotions differ from person to person. There have been individuals who were able to open up during ketamine facilitated therapy as soon after a few weeks. Arguably, just talk therapy would eventually result in the same point of emotional release, but it would require a significantly longer time period.
Ketamine facilitated therapy helps emotions that are
deep-rooted in our unconscious, emerge to surface and give us a glimpse at our
inner self. The talk part of the therapy helps us to work with that information
and process them in a freeing and safe environment.
How to Know Whether KAP is the Right Choice For You
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy session typically lasts about two hours. When a patient expresses their interest in KAP, a few regular psychotherapy sessions are needed beforehand to get to know the patient before we can proceed with ketamine.
If you are suffering from any treatment-resistant condition, chronic pain, or mental health issue, contact us for free consultation. We will examine your symptoms and determine if ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is a viable treatment option for your particular case.