Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
What is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)?
KAP is a cutting edge treatment for trauma and depression. Clients take prescribed ketamine at the beginning of our psychotherapy session, and I facilitate the client’s journey into themselves, helping them stay with their experience.
One of the exciting aspects of ketamine, as is true of most psychedelic medicines, is that its use can create neurogenesis - the growth of new neurons. Clients often report that, during this process, they feel like they have more options in a given situation than they normally experience. This may in fact be directly related to actually having new neural connections forming.
However, new neural connections are very weak and must be developed by repeated access. As renowned psychiatrist Daniel Siegel says, “neurons that fire together wire together.” Most new neural connections fail to replace a deeply entrenched pattern of thinking or behaving— simply because the entrenched pattern is more like a neural superhighway, compared to a new connection’s footpath. By doing repeated sessions over a period of months, we give your brain and nervous system the absolute best chance to integrate, sustain, and build upon those new insights to make deep, fundamental shifts in your being toward health.
Clients participate in repeated sessions over a period of a few months. The new connections, realizations, and ways of being clients uncover in their lives have a chance to stabilize and develop into more permanent changes, instead of temporary insights. The healing of trauma and attachment wounds, mixed with the power of new insights as experienced on ketamine, along with the neurogenesis, creates a powerful container for healing and transformation.
In my experience, KAP is useful in helping people assess core material that can be difficult to contact otherwise. It creates a window of time where clients can assess, experience, and relate to their character structure and issues, from outside their deeply conditioned and personalized ways of doing so. And it is a sensitive window in which to begin rewiring attachment and bonding patterns.