What is KAP an effective treatment for?
- Research has shown Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) to be an effective treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression, Suicidality, Anxiety, Complex PTSD, Trauma, Chronic Pain, and OCD
- KAP is an effective mechanism of exploring the self, enhancing spiritual growth, and deepening practices of consciousness evolution
What is the structure of KAP treatment?
- At least two preparation sessions are required before any medicine session. Prep sessions include getting a thorough history, building rapport and trust in the therapeutic relationship, setting expectations, and identifying intentions. When there is a trauma history present, my trauma therapy speciality informs prep sessions and we often have a third sessions to establish resources and dig in deeper to ensure safety. Prep sessions are 60 minutes.
- You are asked to commit to four medicine sessions. The team for these sessions include your primary KAP therapist and a MD/NP/RN who is responsible for prescribing, dosing, and medical monitoring the entire session. The first medicine session is with sub-lingual lozenges, the following medicine sessions are with intramuscular injection. Medicine sessions are 3 hours.
- After each medicine session, you are required to have at least one integration session. The purpose of these sessions is to begin processing what came up in your medicine experience, engage in meaning making, and integrate into your daily life. For more info on what integration is, visit the psychedelic integration page. Integration sessions are 60 minutes.
What is the cost of KAP treatment?
- Preparation and integration sessions are $120/each 60 minute session
- Medicine sessions are $950/each 3 hour session
- Sliding scale is available for all sessions
How long will I be in an altered state?
Ketamine spikes quickly and has a long tail. What this means is that you will “come up” in about 20-40 minutes, will peak at about 60 minutes, and will “come down” for about 30 minutes. This timing is different for everyone and these numbers are a rough average. It is common that people feel slightly disoriented for 4 hours after leaving session; we require that you have someone pick you up from medicine sessions and agree not to drive for at least 4 hours.
What is ketamine?
- Ketamine is a Schedule III controlled substance classified as a dissociative anesthetic, psychedelic, and NMDA receptor antagonist.
- “When ketamine takes effect in the brain, there is an electrophysiological disconnect between the thalamo-neocortical and limbic systems—parts of the brain associated with the physical senses, motor function, consciousness, memory, and emotions. This induces a trance-like state similar to what one might experience in a sensory deprivation tank; it’s commonly described with words like “floating” or “dreamy.” Ketamine also interacts with opioid and dopamine receptors in the brain, which helps explain its neurological properties as a powerful antidepressant.” – Psychedelic Times
Have you done it?
Yes. My personal practice with altered consciousness states has been integral to my own trauma healing and personal growth. Meditation, Holotropic Breathwork, and psychedelic medicine work provide me a space to enter the depths of my subconscious and connect to resources inside and outside of myself. I hold sacred my relationships with the many facets of self and the greater sense of collective love consciousness, for these are my greatest teachers.
Below are several articles that offer further information and current research on Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy:
- Wired article featuring the co-facilitators that my team was trained under: https:// www.wired.com/story/ketamine-stirs-up-hope-controversy-as-a-depression-drug/
- Article on the different paradigms of ketamine treatment: https://maps.org/news/%20bulletin/articles/436-maps-bulletin-spring-2019-vol-29,-no-1/7718-paradigms-of-%20ketamine-treatment-spring-2019
- The latest research on Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy which features extensive clinical data from three ketamine practices: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02791072.2019.1587556