(KAP) Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy
Your mental health deserves a boost.
Are you searching for change? For growth? For relief? Meet KAP, a tool designed to revolutionize your healing journey.
What is KAP?
Energize your transformation
When you’re feeling stuck or discouraged, it can be difficult to begin the road to recovery. Let KAP help with that.
KAP is an innovative treatment that combines evidence-based therapies with ketamine, a legal psychedelic medication that helps clarify perspective and improve mood.
When guided by a trained therapist, the ketamine experience provides a safe and illuminating space to uncover the self-defeating patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that are caused by a variety of mental health conditions.
How it works
In your first visit, you’ll meet with one of our licensed medical providers to discuss your treatment goals, determine your eligibility and create a sustainable treatment plan. Your provider will then guide you through the details of your experience and be available to answer any questions or concerns.
Your ketamine session will take place in a comfortable, optimized setting. The journey will last 60-90 minutes, and may be euphoric, intense, or dreamlike. Whatever your experience, our compassionate KAP providers will be available at any time to provide help and ensure you navigate the journey safely.
After your ketamine session, you’ll participate in an integration session with one of our trained therapists. Together, you’ll dive deep into your experience, explore strategies for lasting change, and set new intentions for your next ketamine session.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ketamine? Is it safe?
Most antidepressant drugs work in the brain by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which moderates mood and helps preserve emotional balance. Ketamine also influences serotonin levels, but it does so in a uniquely different way.
Ketamine is a dissociative compound that has been safely used as an FDA approved anesthetic since 1970. In recent years, ketamine was found to have powerful antidepressant effects.
Administered at low sub-anesthetic doses, ketamine can be used to effectively treat patients with depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, bipolar depression, eating disorders, OCD and PTSD and more.
How is KAP administered?
The most common way we administer ketamine is an injection in the shoulder. Your provider will select a dosage designed to induce a psychedelic experience. “Psychedelic” is a term coined in the 1950’s that refers to a non-ordinary state of consciousness in which sensation and perception are temporarily altered. Prior to the ketamine experience, you’ll work with a KAP provider who will give you detailed guidance on setting intentions, navigating the experience, and integrating your insights.
Depending on clinic location and goals of treatment, your ketamine experience will occur either in one of our ketamine rooms or a private office. Ketamine sessions are followed by therapeutic integration sessions, usually a day or two after treatment.
We also offer Spravato (esketamine), a nasal spray derivative of ketamine that is administered in the ketamine room as an intervention for those experiencing treatment resistant depression or major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation.
Your provider might also recommend psycholytic KAP. Psycholytic (as opposed to psychedelic) involves a small dose of oral ketamine taken a few minutes before a psychotherapy session to facilitate openness and deeper therapeutic work and does not typically involve the alterations in sensation and perception that psychedelic dosages do.
Our providers will work with you to determine the best KAP experience for your unique needs.
How does ketamine work?
There are a few ways ketamine works in the brain that makes it a useful tool in mental health treatment.
First, ketamine works to temporarily block N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) receptors in the brain, leading to a surge of glutamate release. The restoration of glutamatergic signaling in turns causes rapid mood improvements.
Second, ketamine turns off “burst mode” in the lateral habenula, making it easier for you to approach and process negative emotions that have otherwise been too difficult to access.
Third, by stimulating brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), ketamine leads to the creation of new neurons and new neural connections.
Finally, ketamine helps to interrupt the connection between the cerebral cortex and limbic system, causing a “time out” from regular thinking patterns that are keeping you stuck.
What does ketamine feel like?
People often describe the ketamine experience as a journey or trip filled with deep symbolism and meaning. The ketamine journey can be euphoric, intense, or even boring. Some people do not experience a journey at all and remember nothing after they come out of the medicine.
Common experiences include dreamlike visions, out-of-body sensation, lost or altered sense of time and space, altered sense of self, sense of oneness, cathartic release of dammed up emotions, replaying of memories, detachment from worries or insecurities, and enhanced trust in self.
During your experience, you will not be alone. If your journey becomes emotionally intense, our staff will comfort and reassure you.
How much does KAP cost?
Because ketamine is prescribed off-label, it is typically not covered by insurance companies. In most circumstances, clients will pay cash rates for ketamine and use existing healthcare plans for accompanying therapy.
Please contact us for the full list of cash rates and options.
Insurance companies will usually cover Spravato medication treatments for the following indications: adults with treatment-resistant depression (TRD), taking another oral antidepressant, and adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) accompanied by suicidal thoughts or actions.
How many treatments are required? How long do the effects last?
Before beginning treatment, you and your provider will work together to develop a unique treatment plan. A typical course of KAP is four to six treatments over the course of three to six weeks, with boosters scheduled as needed.
KAP frequency depends on therapy goals, your reaction to the ketamine, and the time needed to process and integrate the insights you gain after each treatment.
When used alone as a psychiatric intervention, ketamine’s antidepressant and anti-rumination effects are typically immediate and persist for approximately two to seven days. When used in combination with psychotherapy as part of our KAP program, these effects are significantly enhanced.
Is there any reason I shouldn't consider KAP?
During your first visit to the clinic, a licensed medical provider will thoroughly screen you to evaluate whether KAP is the right fit for you.
Individuals with the following conditions are not eligible for KAP treatment.
-History of psychotic disorder
-Lack of psychosocial support
-Hypersensitivity to ketamine
-Active, poorly controlled substance use disorder
-Pregnant or breastfeeding
-Individuals on oxygen
-Moderate to severe dementia
-Cardiac impairment that may be jeopardized by an increase in blood pressure
If you have any additional questions, please reach out.