Ketamine Therapy: The Psychedelic That Breaks You Out of The Habit of You
You have beliefs about yourself and the world you know are negative and don’t serve you.
But you can’t seem to shake it from your mind.
You’ve tried every SSRI and therapeutic modality that you can tolerate to try and address this existential dread.
You can’t seem to step out of this sub-optimal state of functioning.
You’re not alone, 85% of people have complete symptom remission from conventional mental health treatment alone.
You can almost taste what the other side of freedom might be like. Yet at the same time, there’s a thick concrete wall between where you want to be and where you are now.
You’ve heard about the miraculous effects of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, and it’s ability to induce profound mystical experience that fundamentally changes the way you see yourself and the world.
You’ve landed in the right place.
In combination with psychotherapy, ketamine treatment, in just under two hours, you can step into improved brain functioning, mood, and a completely new iteration of yourself.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine was first discovered as an antidepressant when it was used in hospitals for chronic pain in the 1970’s. The doctors noticed that patients who recieved Ketamine for chronic pain also experienced an instant lift in depression symptoms.
Ketamine is a shapeshifter, it’s been used in medicine since the 1960’s as a safer alternative general anaesthesia. In lighter doses, it’s been shown to have psychedelic effects where individuals have reported having experiences with oneness and cosmic consciousness.
Ketamine works on the glutamate receptors in the brain, which is one of the most common chemical messenger in the brain. Glutamate plays a significant role in learning and memory.
Neuroplasticity is the process where new neural connections are made in the brain.
When glutamate is activated, it releases brain-derived nootropic factor (BDNF) in the brain, which induces neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganise itself and create new connections between neurons. This can help break down rigid thought patterns and allow for more flexible thinking.
This period of increased upregulation of BDNF can last between 3-10 days, resulting in a window of opportunity to make the changes you want to cement in your life.
But is Ketamine a Psychedelic?
In optimal doses, Ketamine can induce an altered states of consciousness. These altered states have been described by clients as being profound, mystical, experiences with oneness, God and the divine. In the scientific literature, we see altered states such as ayahuasca, psilocybin, peyote, san pedro, and Ketamine being capable of leading one to profound insights and breakthrough experiences that helps individuals initiate and sustain radical change in their life.
Ketamine Therapy is a psychospiritual tool to access memories and emotions that are often difficult to reach through talk therapy alone, while creating a blanket to methodically reprocessing what we normally feel unsafe to access.
Ketamine also acts on the default mode network, the area of the brain that all psychedelics act on to temporarily detach from the inner monologue. This has been a key feature to helping individuals heal because it allows other parts of the brain to take dominance, such as the feeling parts, the emoting parts, the creative parts, and the hidden parts of self.
Clients report that the benefits of ketamine-assisted therapy endure well beyond the actual sessions. These landmark insights can provide a foundation for ongoing therapeutic work, making it easier for individuals to engage in and benefit from traditional forms of psychotherapy once they leave the ketamine clinic.
Ketamine Therapy is Like Hitting The Re-set Button
Psychopharmacologist Robert Carhart-Harris argues for the idea that all mental health conditions are dictated by mental rigidity.
Mental rigidity is when you become fixated on a certain way of seeing something.
You believe that you won’t be able to change, or that this world is this way.
These rigid belief patterns result in mental health presentations of OCD, addiction, PTSD/trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and other neurological disorders.
After Ketamine Therapy, it can be like hitting the re-set button and returning to the person you were before you acquired information that led to mal-adaptive behaviours.
Ketamine for PTSD, Depression & Anxiety
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy may be well indicated for large number of mental health indications, but let’s talk about the three most common ones: PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Ketamine therapy for PTSD is helpful in terms of safely exploring, understanding, and accepting former flashbacks of traumatic memories and nightmares. Ketamine therapy for PTSD is a well-studied solution as we understand more about trauma and mental illness collectively.
Ketamine treatment for depression has shown an enormous amount of evidence specifically with major depressive disorder. Not only is it a robust solution to suicidal ideation, within a single dose, client will be relieved from depressive symptoms within 2 hours of administration and the results can last two weeks or more. After a single dose, clients can experience a 75% reduction in depression symptoms. Ketamine therapy for depression works differently than existing antidepressants. Antidepressants take weeks to take effect in the brain and require on-going daily use. With Ketamine Therapy, the effects are one and done, especially with the robust application of psychotherapy following treatment.
Ketamine treatment for anxiety has similar efficacy to it’s treatment for depression. Within two hours of treatment, Ketamine has been observed to reduced the symptoms of anxiety for up to two weeks or longer. This was observed in one high-dose session in a 2022 study and specific symptoms such as panic, irritability, and other anxiety symptoms associated with generalised anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder were significantly alleviated.
Ketamine treatment is also helpful for gaining insight into other mental health challenges such as existential issues and relationships problems and basically any condition which is the result of rigid thinking or behaviours.
What Can I Expect in a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy session?
We onboard patients with a medical screening to ensure there are no contraindications. You will work with a psychotherapist to build a relationship for 6 sessions. A nurse will administer the medicine via an intramuscular injection and a trained psychedelic therapist guides the experience for you. Expect the peak in 45 minutes and a come-down within 90 minutes of the dosing. Following your session, expect an integration session, followed by further sessions if Ketamine Therapy if required.
We support you energetically, emotionally, psychologically throughout your journey. We’re right by your side should anything emerge from your deep subconscious and be helpful for your psychological healing for us to explore and integrate.
But Is Ketamine Right for Me?
Become The New You Within Hours with Ketamine Therapy