What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has rapidly-acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to take effect within 1-2 hours after treatment and last for up to 2 weeks. It works by helping form new positive connections in our brains that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to provide lasting symptom improvement. In my work, ketamine is administered in sublingual lozenge form.
How does Ketamine feel?
During our session, the effects of ketamine last for approximately 45 minutes. These effects can make you experience a different perspective, facilitating shifts in perception that can often feel expansive in nature. Your motor and verbal abilities will be reduced, so you’ll be lying down in a comfortable position with eye shades on to experience the full effect. Once the effects subside, we’ll spend the remainder of our appointment giving you space to process and discuss your experience. While it may feel hard to articulate what happened during the experience, patients tend to feel like the insights gained are none-the-less clear. Studies have shown that the benefits to mood and neurological growth can last up to two weeks after the Ketamine experience.
How Does Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Work?
First, schedule an initial consultation and evaluation with a clinician from the Journey Clinical medical team via zoom. They will go over your medical and psychiatric history with you, provide education on the treatment, and determine if you are eligible for KAP. If Journey Clinical’s medical team determines that you are eligible for KAP, they will develop a personalized Ketamine prescription and plan for you.
Journey Clinical’s medical staff will write a ketamine prescription for you, and a small amount of ketamine will be sent to your home, enough for 2 KAP sessions. You will be taught to take your vitals and self-administer the ketamine lozenges by Journey Clinical’s medical team before our KAP sessions. Once you receive your ketamine lozenges, we will schedule time for KAP preparation, dosing and integration sessions. Preparation sessions will be scheduled just like regular therapy sessions prior to the KAP dosing session. The goal of a preparation sessions is to align on the process and set intentions for our KAP sessions.