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Ketamine was deemed an essential medicine by the world health organization in 1985. It was the first psychedelic medicine to be approved by the FDA in 2019. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a well researched and safe psychedelic therapy modality that combines the healing properties of the medicine with the support of a trained psychotherapist. The neuroplastic effects of Ketamine on the brain create more openness and receptivity to interrupt old patterning. Ketamine increases cognitive flexibility. When paired with psychotherapy it helps to re-wire your brain to support new pathways for healing and growth.
Research has shown that Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can be beneficial for depression, trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, and addiction. In addition to stuck patterns of behavior, psychological, spiritual and emotional exploration, and increased focus, creativity, motivation, and insight.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic and has been used in the field of anesthesia since the 1970’s due to its safety and effectiveness. The doses used for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy are much lower than anesthetic indications. The dissociative and psychedelic effects of Ketamine provide a “time-out” from our typical mind that may contribute to anxiety and depression. This neuroplasticity can provide a perspective shift and insights for new ways of being.
As a Denver therapist providing Ketamine Assited Psychotherapy, I believe preparation and integration sessions are a necessary part of your KAP treatment. Will we co-create ritual and ceremony for your journey, or not. Your internal healing intelligence guides this work. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and grounded container so that you are able to trust, let go, and be open to the healing potential of the medicine.