Ketamine Therapy in Boulder for Anxiety and Depression
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a revolutionary new treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It involves the use of ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic that produces a range of psychological and physical effects, in a therapeutic setting to help individuals explore difficult emotions and experiences in a safe and controlled environment.
Located in Boulder, Colorado, our clinic offers KAP as part of our comprehensive mental health treatment services. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of KAP and how it can be an effective breakthrough in mental health treatment.
One of the key benefits of KAP is its ability to create a sense of detachment from negative thoughts and emotions. Ketamine can induce a dissociative state, which allows individuals to explore difficult emotions and experiences from a safe distance. This can be particularly helpful for those struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD, who may feel overwhelmed by their emotions and unable to process them in a healthy way.
Another benefit of KAP is its ability to produce a sense of euphoria and wellbeing. Ketamine can create a profound sense of relaxation and happiness, which can help to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. This can be particularly helpful for individuals who have not found relief from traditional forms of treatment, such as medication or talk therapy.
KAP can also help individuals to gain insight and clarity into their thoughts and behaviors. The dissociative effects of ketamine can allow individuals to see their thoughts and emotions from a new perspective, which can help them to identify patterns and triggers that may be contributing to their mental health struggles. This increased insight can lead to greater self-awareness and the ability to make positive changes in one’s life.
In addition, KAP can help to address trauma and other difficult experiences in a safe and controlled environment. Ketamine-induced hallucinations can provide a powerful tool for exploring and processing traumatic memories, allowing individuals to work through them in a way that feels safe and manageable.
It is also important to note that KAP is a relatively fast-acting treatment. Unlike traditional forms of therapy or medication, which may take weeks or months to produce noticeable results, KAP can produce immediate and profound changes in mood and perspective. This can be particularly helpful for individuals who are in crisis or who are experiencing acute symptoms of depression or anxiety.
At our clinic in Boulder, we offer KAP as part of our comprehensive mental health treatment services. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing safe, effective, and compassionate care to each and every one of our clients. We believe that KAP has the potential to be a breakthrough in mental health treatment, offering new hope and healing to those who have not found relief from traditional forms of therapy or medication.
Ketamine therapy is a revolutionary new treatment for a range of mental health conditions that offers a range of benefits, including the ability to create a sense of detachment from negative thoughts and emotions, induce a sense of euphoria and wellbeing, provide insight and clarity into one’s thoughts and behaviors, and address trauma and other difficult experiences. Located in Boulder, our clinic is dedicated to providing safe, effective, and compassionate Ketamine therapy treatment as part of our comprehensive mental health services. If you’re interested in learning more about KAP or scheduling a consultation, contact us today.
What is Ketamine Therapy?
I offer a therapeutic modality called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic modality in which ketamine is used as a complement to psychotherapy to help eligible clients experience more frequent breakthroughs and sustained improvement in symptoms. I take on the psychotherapy portion of the experience, while my medical team supports you on all medical aspects. This includes determining eligibility, developing a custom treatment plan, prescribing the medicine, and monitoring outcomes. Below is more information about KAP to help you navigate if it may be a good fit for you.
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 hrs. after treatment. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors, which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement. Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, including IV infusion, intramuscular injection, nasal spray, and using sublingual lozenges. In my work with Ketamine Therapy, we only use the sublingual lozenge form.
How Does Ketamine Feel?
The effects of ketamine, which most patients find pleasant, last for approximately 45 minutes. These effects can make you feel “far from” your body, and facilitate 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 during the experience. Once these 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 happens during the experience, patients feel like the insights gained are clear.
How Do I Sign Up for Ketamine Therapy?
If you would like to explore the possibility of working with me using Ketamine Therapy, please e-mail me directly to discuss eligibility and next steps.
How Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Works
Schedule an initial evaluation with our medical team via zoom to determine if you are eligible for KAP. If you qualify, a small amount of oral ketamine will be sent to your home, enough for the first 2 KAP sessions.
Preparation sessions will be scheduled just like regular therapy sessions prior to the KAP dosing session. The goal of a preparation session is to align the process and set intentions for our KAP sessions together.
KAP Dosing Session
A typical ketamine dosing session lasts between 1-2 hours and can take place either in-person at my office, or remotely via telehealth.
After our KAP dosing session, we will meet for multiple integration therapy sessions to review the memories, thoughts & insights that arose during your dosing session, and to prepare for the next dosing session.
After our first KAP session, our medical team schedules regular follow-ups with you to monitor outcomes and prescribe ketamine lozenge refills, as appropriate.
1. Paradigms of Ketamine Treatment by Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. for MAPS
2. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP): Patient Demographics, Clinical Data and Outcomes in Three Large Practices Administering Ketamine with Psychotherapy – research study by Jennifer Dore et al, 2018
3. Ketamine for Depression and Mood Disorders by Erica Zelfand, ND for Townsend Letter
4. Ketamine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression by goop