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KETAMINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (KAP)

One's viewpoint on life may change as a result of a remarkable experience made possible by a ketamine treatment session. Ketamine has the power to induce a distinctive state of consciousness. A person may be able to think, feel, and discuss their lives in ways they are generally unable or unwilling to due to the psychedelic effects of ketamine. Ketamine can therefore provide extra benefits in addition to its physiological effects as a drug by being used as a tool in psychotherapy. It has been demonstrated that cognitive behavioral therapy can lengthen the time that benefits from ketamine treatment last, and it is extremely possible that any type of therapy can have the same effect. The use of therapy in conjunction with ketamine treatment is not required, but in our opinion, this is the best way to get the most out of the drug. We have two psychotherapists in our practice who could meet you before, during, or following your ketamine treatments. This treatment is referred to as "ketamine assisted psychotherapy" (KAP). Our therapists are skilled in modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. They have years of experience and training in these fields (DBT). We permit your regular therapist who practices outside of our office to join your therapy sessions in person or virtually. The majority of specialists agree that ketamine's benefits for psychotherapy can continue up to 36 hours, so you may decide to visit them later that day or the following day.

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References

8. Wilkinson ST et al. Cognitive behavior therapy may sustain antidepressant effects of intravenous ketamine in treatment-resistant depression. Psychother Psychosom 2017; 86(3): 162–167.

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