“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Alan Watts

Step Into A New Groove

Assessment

Evaluation of functional status, including  STRENGTHS, limitations, and context

Strategy

Collaborate and establish realistic goals and a stepwise approach

Prepare and engage

You are the most IMPORTANT member of the clinical team. Tools and techniques are most effective when explored and adopted between sessions.

Integration

Actively practice and apply your personal work to your day-to-day

KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

Amplifying psychotherapy with a deeply impactful pharmacological tool.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social-Contextual-Contextual-Relational Assessment
  • Considers Illness/Injury Contributions and Consequences
  • Explores Wellbeing and Strength-Based Resliency Factors
  • Addresses “Treatment-Resistant” Conditions
  • Individual and Small Group Programming
  • Experiential Daylong Workshops to introduce and deepen somatic experience, cognitive flexibility, creativity, and movement

Collaborative Medical Partners

Partnership with “psychotherapy-forward” prescribers”

interprofessional care-team collaboration

client-centered commitment

research-based practice

harm reduction philosophy

Prescribing Partnerships

Our approach depends on careful coordination with leading medical specialists in their respective fields

Ketamine is a legal, safe, and effective medicine

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a particularly transformative approach when standard treatments alone have not been effective. This medicine is used as an “experiential tool” that can amplify the impact and durability of psychotherapy.

With a thorough eligibility review of each case, our INTEGRATIVE medical affiliates ensure that KAP is safe for the referred client. Once cleared by physical medicine specialists, ketamine is prescribed in a controlled and supervised manner. Sessions and outcomes are monitored. Medical and clinical psychotherapy clinicians maintain open, cross-disciplinary, two-way communication.

It is critically important for our KAP clients to make informed choices about this type of coordinated care. As such, we can provide clients with clear information to support the most appropriate referral option. The standard-of-care modes of Ketamine administration include intravenous infusion (IV), intramuscular (IM), nasal spray, and oral methods with sublingual lozenges or rapidly dissolving tablets (RTD.)

We trust each of our prescribers to work collaboratively with us regardless of the mode used in their practices. Each has its advantages and all typically invoke a rapidly-acting mood-enhancing quality that assists the psychotherapeutic process in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including treatment-resistant depression, disordered anxiety, chronic pain management, PTSD, complex grief, addiction, and other psychiatric conditions characterized by rigid thoughts or repetitive problematic repetitive behavior.

Psychopharmacology

Pharmacology in Brief

Ketamine has rapidly-acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which are experienced within a 2-3 hour session and after treatment for up to 2 weeks. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors. The treatment helps form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall “neuroplasticity” and even “neurogenesis” for lasting symptom improvement.

THERAPEUTIC NEUROGENESIS

In concert with strong therapeutic inner work, ketamine treatment can enhance the pace of transformational learning and action through the literal forging of new neuronal pathways. According to established and replicated clinical research, the brain-based pharmacological mechanism of action involves the enhancement of “neurogenesis” and neuroplasticity” during the post-dosing period. Active client engagement during this “open state window” is accentuated through coordinated psychotherapy.

What to expect

As an “amplifier,” medicine in the context of therapeutic partnership can help excavate and examine more rigid mindsets associated with traumatic or emotional wounds, repetitive thoughts, problem habits, and conflictual life patterns. The sensation is often described as a “pleasant,” short-term, expanded state of consciousness during which suppressed sensations and memories are more approachable and less alarming. Key insights and alternative choices tend to emerge through a series of encounters, including non-dosing preparation and integration sessions.

Partnership in Transformation