Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

WHAT IS POSSIBLE?
A Mystical experience that sets the stage for therapeutic response (cognitive/behavioral changes). A heightened ability to see Self and the world through a wider lense. Deepen interpersonal connections.
WHAT IS KETAMINE?
Ketamine is a catalyst for meaningful change when paired with therapy using its psychedelic properties or it can be an effective antidepressant when used as medicine. Ketamine is the only legal psychedelic medicine available for the treatment of emotional suffering. There is robust research supporting its efficacy as well as its safety.
PHASES OF KAP TREATMENT
KAP treatment pacing is individualized based on the client’s process and their response to treatment.
Initial Phase – Frequent sessions: 1-2 per week (3-6 weeks)
Middle Phase – Lower frequency, session every 1-2 weeks, reduction in symptoms is usually seen
End Phase – Sessions are planned out for maintenance, usually 1 session a month or 6-8 weeks.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Ketamine facilitates neuroplasticity and improves cognitive as well as emotional flexibility. This allows for the disruption of entrenched patterns of thought. This rebooting/resetting the brain, mind and personality.

PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPY

DEPRESSION

Depression affects a person’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. The feeling differs from normal sadness or grief. Energy levels may be affected by depression. He or she may lose interest in daily activities and become irritable and sad for a prolonged period of time. Depressive disorders are common. Almost everyone is affected by it, regardless of their age or background.

It is common for people with depression, and sometimes even their families, to feel embarrassed and ashamed. Depression does not, however, indicate a weakness of mind or a flawed character. Depression is a medical illness. Depressed people are not “crazy” or “broken”. Depression is caused by changes in the brain’s natural chemicals. The most common cause of depression is a combination of family history (a person’s genes) and stressful life events.

It is also possible for health problems to contribute to depression or make it worse. Those who suffer from long-term health problems such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, or chronic pain often feel depressed.

It can be a big step toward feeling better just to acknowledge that the problem exists. It’s essential to recognize that depression is treatable.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION:

The symptoms of depression may be difficult to notice at first. People experience them differently, and it is easy to dismiss them as “not feeling like myself”. The most common symptoms are:
Feeling sad or hopeless nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.
Losing interest in or not getting pleasure from most activities that used to be enjoyable, and feeling this way nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.

ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDER

What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are medical conditions. When you feel anxious, you believe that something bad is about to happen and your body may react accordingly. This feeling is intense and interferes with daily life.

In this category are:

Generalized anxiety disorder. Many everyday events and activities cause you stress and worry. It lasts for several months and disrupts your life almost every day.

Panic disorder. You suffer from panic attacks repeatedly. Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or anxiety. Your breath may become short. You may feel your heart pounding.

Social anxiety disorder. Your anxiety about speaking or acting in public is very high. In public, you might be scared to talk or eat. Your daily life is affected by this problem.

Phobias. The object, situation, or activity that scares you is very specific. Fear of spiders, heights, or small spaces are just a few examples.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Mood disorders are medical conditions that affect the way you feel. They can affect your mood, your thoughts, and your actions. Disorders of mood include:

Bipolar disorder. This causes extreme mood swings from high energy hypo/manic episodes to depressive lows.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a subtype of depression that occurs during the same season every year. SAD is most commonly experienced in the fall and winter months during shorter days with less daylight.

SLEEP DISORDER/INSOMNIA

If you suffer from insomnia you are unable to sleep well. You may have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping long enough. During the day, this can make you tired and irritable. In addition to causing forgetfulness, decreased productivity at work, and low moods, it can also seriously affect health.

Many factors can contribute to insomnia, such as health problems, medications, and stressful events.

You may be advised to treat problems related to insomnia as part of a treatment plan. Behavioral and lifestyle changes are also part of the treatment process. Therapy may include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) for insomnia. With CBT-I, you can change your thoughts and behaviors that may disrupt your sleep. Doing relaxation exercises, keeping regular bedtimes and wake times, limiting alcohol, and making healthy sleep habits can also help. Short-term use of medication may be helpful in regulating sleep.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)

A person with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has repeated unwanted thoughts that they cannot control. When they leave home, for example, they might repeatedly think about whether the door is locked or unlocked. To get rid of these thoughts, they may also develop a compulsion. Which is a ritual or action that is repeated over and over again. For instance, to ensure that the door is locked, they feel the need to check it several times. For a short time, the action (compulsion) makes them feel better. And when they resist the urge to check, they may become anxious or have panic attacks.

How is OCD treated?

The goal of OCD cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to help you manage your thoughts and actions. Symptoms may also be treated with medication, such as an antidepressant.

LIFE STRESSORS

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Stress can be caused by work, school, finances, relationships, and family. Other life-altering events, such as divorce, marital issues, loss of trauma, moving, illness, or death, can cause stress. This may make it difficult to manage stress.
Sometimes, life-changing events can cause a constant or persistent feeling of stress. This may often lead to more complicated problems and symptoms such as:

• Fatigue                                                          • Pain
• Sleeping less or more than usual                 • Headaches
• Poor concentration                                       • Anxiety
• Sadness                                                       • Isolation
• Emotional outbursts may include crying, laughing or anger.
• Fatigue
• Pain
• Sleeping less or more than usual
• Headaches
• Poor concentration
• Anxiety
• Sadness
• Isolation
• Emotional outbursts may include crying, laughing or anger.

Individuals are affected differently by life-changing events. There are many options to help you better cope with stressors in your life. Contact our office if you have had a life-changing experience that has had a negative impact on your personal, school and work lives.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

An event that is traumatic or terrifying can lead to PTSD, a mental health disorder. An assault, an attack, a natural disaster, a serious accident, are all examples of traumatic events. PTSD can cause nightmares or flashbacks during which one relives the experience. These are vivid memories of the event that evoke fear. These can cause problems with sleep.

The effects of PTSD can vary from person to person. It can have an adverse effect on your work and school performance, as well as on your relationships with friends and family.

ADULT ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

A person with ADHD has difficulty paying attention due to attention deficit and/or a hyperactivity disorder. You may have problems with focus, organization, and completing tasks as well as impulse control issues. It is often diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, however screening and testing can be done as an adult.

ADHD is a very common disorder. Early childhood is the most common time for it to begin. Adults often don’t realize they have it until their children are diagnosed. As a result, they begin to notice their own symptoms.

ADHD can be treated with medication, behavioral modification, and therapy.