Ketamine Assisted Therapy
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is an “off-label” treatment for chronic, treatment-resistant mental conditions. Ketamine is a Schedule III medication that has long been used safely as an anesthetic and analgesic agent and more recently for the treatment of depression, substance dependencies, PTSD and other psychiatric diagnoses. Psychiatric use of ketamine has been studied and promoted by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health, and other research centers. Ketamine can be administered by intravenous, intramuscular (IM), sublingual, oral, and intranasal routes. In my practice, I am using Ketamine specifically in the form of sublingual lozenges or via intramuscular (IM) injections in combination with psychotherapy.
Ketamine is classified as a dissociative anesthetic, dissociation meaning a sense of disconnection from one’s ordinary reality and usual self. The current, most probable, understanding of ketamine’s mode of action is as an NMDA antagonist working through the glutamate neurotransmitter system. At the dosage level administered to you, you will most likely experience mild anesthetic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, and, potentially, psychedelic effects. Relaxation from ordinary concerns and usual mind, while maintaining conscious awareness of the flow of mind under the influence of ketamine is characteristic. This tends to lead to a disruption of negative feelings and obsessional preoccupations. As a KAP therapist, I will be your guide to the experience, helping you process the experience before, during, and after the KAP sessions.