Ketamine is a medication classified as a dissociative anesthetic that has been safely used to treat children, adults, and animals for over 50 years. Recently, it has gained attention for benefits observed when treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidality, and chronic pain. When used in low (sub anesthetic) doses in a medically supervised setting, ketamine can help alleviate symptoms of these conditions and provide profound insights
what is Ketamine?
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) combines ketamine treatment in conjunction with specialized psychotherapy to maximize the therapeutic benefits of both the medicine and therapy. Our highly trained therapists work in conjunction with medical professionals who prescribe, administer, and monitor ketamine treatment. Our therapists accompany clients through the experience in a calming environment.
We understand that seeking help during hard times can be daunting, which is why we prioritize creating a non judgemental and compassionate space for our clients. Our team is dedicated to understanding your unique needs, and we work collaboratively with you to create a personalized treatment plan for the best outcomes and lasting benefits.
Medicine and integration sessions repeat as needed. We recommend a minimum of 3 medicine and associated integration sessions.
Ketamine therapy is legal in Tennessee, but it is regulated and requires a prescription from a licensed medical professional. Ketamine is a Schedule III controlled substance, which means it has an accepted medical use and a lower potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs. Ketamine has been approved by the FDA for use as an anesthetic, and it is also used off-label to treat depression and other mental health conditions. However, it is important to note that ketamine therapy should only be administered by a trained medical professional in a controlled setting, as it can have potential side effects and risks if not used properly.
Ketamine therapy is used off-label for a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some medical and psychiatric conditions need to be treated before you can safely receive ketamine therapy. These conditions include hallucinations, DID, chaotic substance use, untreated mania, cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, increased intracranial pressure, cystitis, or evidence of liver disease.
Each ketamine therapy session typically lasts 2-3 hours. Your therapist will be with you throughout the ketamine therapy session. Ketmamine is administered by intramuscular injection.
The effects begin to appear after about 3-5 minutes, peak for about 40 minutes, and dissipate over the following hour. It’s important to keep in mind that ketamine therapy can open a wide variety of doors during a session, including pleasant or difficult ones. Regardless, we utilize the doors that are opened to facilitate insight, awareness, and growth.