What is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy?
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is an innovative approach to mental health treatment that differs from traditional therapy. At Ketamine Infusions of Idaho, we use KAP to address a number of treatment-resistant conditions like depression, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and more.
The differentiating factor in KAP is the use of ketamine infusions to accentuate and enhance the therapeutic session. Likewise, therapy can enhance the positive effects of ketamine infusion.
Though effective on their own, ketamine infusions may be bolstered with a therapist guiding you through the experience. Our therapists will help you work through your thoughts, emotions, and thought processes to maximize the amount of good this treatment can do for your health.
During a ketamine infusion session, many patients report imagery and sensations that are hallucinogenic in nature. While these effects are mild in most cases, it can be helpful to have our therapist act as a guide for you during your infusions to make sure you remain in the right frame of mind.
What are KAP Sessions Like?
Your first intake session is designed to determine if this treatment is right for you and to identify the end goals of your treatment.
KAP sessions generally last 90 minutes to 3 hours but vary greatly depending upon the dosage, response, recovery time, and ultimately on your goals for treatment.
Like ketamine infusions or traditional psychotherapy, KAP is most effective when you commit to an individualized treatment plan. It may take a period of weeks or months to get the full benefit of KAP. At Ketamine Infusions of Idaho, we will help create an individualized plan that will benefit you best and adjust as needed.
What is Integration, and Why is it Important?
Integration sessions are best completed within a few days following your ketamine infusion. Integration helps create synergy between the mind and the body following the experiences of a non-ordinary state of consciousness produced from ketamine. The clinically ketamine-trained psychotherapist will help you process and explore insights, anxieties, progress, etc., that may arise from the ketamine experiences.
Psychedelic experiences often bring meaningful change and lifelong healing, especially when there are integration sessions. Integration sessions work in conjunction with the ketamine to make the greatest gains during the neuroplastic activity window. Integration sessions are 60 minutes but are often modified according to your individual needs.
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