Treatment with ketamine has been found to be effective for people with a number of mental health concerns. Ketamine can accelerate the healing process for distressing emotional symptoms, such as severe depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy combines the therapeutic effects of ketamine with the support of an experienced and trusted therapist. The psychotherapy component of ketamine treatment allows the client to process the insights gained through the ketamine experience with the therapist, supporting integration of these insights for lasting symptom relief.
How does ketamine-assisted psychotherapy work?
Our past and current life experiences and the meaning we make from them can give rise to negative and overwhelming psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms. Factors such childhood trauma or adult experiences, discrimination, poverty, and other life experiences can shape our perception of ourselves and the world, including how we react and respond to life's challenges and our ability to manage our emotions. These perceptions can become habitual patterns and cycles that contribute to suffering. Individuals who seek ketamine-assisted psychotherapy often struggle with life-long or treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. They have tried other forms of therapy and are still in need of relief from their debilitating symptoms.
Therapists at BWC are available to assist people through the medical use of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can help the client gain perspective on their unhelpful mental patterns and belief systems. Ketamine introduces new perspectives and insights, which clients can integrate into their conceptual framework with the support of their therapist. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can help clients in address thought processes which hold them back and develop new, healthier ones that can help them move forward with their lives as happier and healthier individuals.
Through ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, clients process stuck patterns which may have been holding them back for years. They often experience more ease accessing emotion, allowing them to release pain, fear, and grief and creating space for feelings of relief and peace. During a ketamine-assisted psychotherapy session, clients may experience new positive feelings of love, joy, and interpersonal connection. Clients may reconnect with a sense of purpose, passion, and creativity which had felt out of reach under the weight of their pain and distress.
What happens during a ketamine-assisted psychotherapy session?
Clients will take 100-200 mg of ketamine in the form of a lozenge while at the clinic. When taken orally, it will take about 20 minutes to an hour for the effects to kick in. Once the effects start, the client will lay down with eyes closed while instrumental music is played. Ketamine typically makes people feel dream-like, detached, and relaxed.
Ketamine can also alter perceptions of time and space and cause hallucinations. The effects last for about 90 minutes to 2 hours. The therapist will be present the whole time, and after the effects wear off, the therapist will discuss the experience with the client.
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