Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is the use of ketamine in a supported therapeutic setting with an emphasis on preparation sessions, the ketamine experience itself, and integration sessions afterwards to reflect on insights gained during the experience. Ketamine can help soften psychological defenses, allowing for contact with difficult material in new ways as well as deeper self reflection and therapeutic processing. In higher doses, it can induce psychedelic experiences. These experiences can help you in a variety of ways, bringing clarity and insight into your struggles, and facilitating a sense of meaning and interconnectedness. 

Most research about the use of ketamine for mental health has focused on treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can also be helpful for people experiencing existential issues, life transitions, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and difficulties with substance use or other compulsive behaviors. The departure from ordinary consciousness can make space for new ways of thinking, new ways of relating to yourself and others, and opening to your inner healing intelligence for sustained growth.

I offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy as a component of ongoing psychotherapy as well as for focused short-term work which may be adjunctive to your work with another therapist. The number and frequency of KAP sessions will depend on the issues bringing you to this work. If you would like to learn more, here are some resources in a variety of formats: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Resources