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Ketamine Therapy

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine was originally developed as an anesthesia in the 1960’s and has been FDA approved for use in humans as an anesthetic since 1970. Ketamine was created from a synthesized version of phencyclidine (PCP). Although PCP showed to be effective for an anesthesia it resulted in prolonged, intense side effects that were undesirable for human use. Research into utilizing ketamine as an antidepressant began in the 1990’s after healthcare professionals noticed it’s benefits to those with suicidal thoughts; both in calming patients down and in the severity and frequency of suicidal thoughts/feelings. As of 2019 a nasal spray form of ketamine called esketamine has FDA approval for use with major depression. Ketamine is now available as a nasal spray, oral (pill), intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), rectal, subcutaneous (applied under the skin) and epidural. 

How does ketamine help with mental health?

The effect ketamine has is referred to by doctors as a “dissociative experience.”  It can produce feelings of unreality, visual and sensory distortions, euphoria, disconnection from one’s body, psychedelic experiences and emotional release among others. Ketamine affects certain neural pathways and brain receptors similar to anti-depressant medication. The difference that researchers are finding is it’s ability to shut down or slow overactive receptors but at the same time open up and keep open other receptors that are responsible for the intake and uptake of dopamine, serotonin and norephinephrine. It’s also been shown to help strengthen and restore neural pathways that can be weakened or disconnected after prolonged exposure of anxiety and depression. This can provide benefits of stimulating neuroplasticity and the reduction of negative thoughts providing the ability to break out of old thought patterns. This makes it particularly beneficial with treatment resistant depression. 

Ketamine Informational Videos

Ketamine Informational Videos

Ketamine Informational Videos
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Ketamine & Depression: How it Works - Yale Medicine Explains

Ketamine & Depression: How it Works - Yale Medicine Explains

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Ketamine Therapy To Undo Anxiety (Live Q&A)

Ketamine Therapy To Undo Anxiety (Live Q&A)

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La Ketamina podría ayudar en el tratamiento de la depresión | Daniel Ávila | TEDxPitic

La Ketamina podría ayudar en el tratamiento de la depresión | Daniel Ávila | TEDxPitic

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What’s the Process?

Here at The Traveling Therapist LLC, we offer ketamine in both the nasal spray and oral tablet form.

  • Ketamine treatment is done in six separate sessions.

  • You are required to complete mental health therapy during the time you are receiving your ketamine treatment.

    • This will consist of an intake session for your initial visit and then two 30-minute sessions each week following your ketamine session.

    • These therapy sessions can be either in person or through telehealth.

    • It is recommended that your therapy session occur the same day as your ketamine treatment but it is not required.

  • Your first ketamine session will consist of an intake appointment where a licensed medical professional will evaluate your fitness for ketamine treatment.

  • Once approved, you will set up your treatment plan with the front desk.

  • You will schedule two one-hour sessions each week for three weeks, for a total of six sessions.

 

These sessions are required to be in-person at the office.

What to expect at your treatment session.

When you arrive for your ketamine treatment you will check in with the front desk. A licensed medical professional will take you back to our spa room where you will be seated in a comfortable chair. The professional will take your vitals and then administer the tablet or nasal spray. Once the treatment is administered you will be able to cover up with your blanket, put on an eye mask, start the ketamine music, relax and let the treatment take place. Throughout this hour the medical professional will be in periodically to check your vitals. *Please note the session is scheduled for one hour but may be only 45 minutes depending on the client and how your body processes the drug.* Once the treatment is complete you are able to go home. *You will need a trusted friend or family member to pick you up as it is not advised to operate a motor vehicle after your session, we also advise against using ride share services such as Uber or Lyft as if an emergency situation happens you will not be in a state to defend yourself.* -Please bring a weighted blanket and headphones with you for your treatment sessions.

Mental Health Therapy

We do require you to complete mental health counseling along with ketamine treatment. As mentioned above these will be 30 minute sessions that are recommended to be done the same day of your ketamine treatment and can be in office or through telehealth. The purpose of these sessions is for you to process with a licensed mental health profession who is trained in ketamine and it’s effects. You will be discussing what you experienced during the treatment process, or after, noticeable changes, questions and concerns and anything that comes up for you that you would like to address.

Are there risks with ketamine?

As with any medication there can always be risks. Some side effects include unconsciousness, trouble breathing, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, stiffening of muscles, salivation, rapid eye movement, dilated pupils and nausea among others. It is not recommended for use in those that have acute or chronic cardiac conditions, acute respiratory conditions, history of seizure disorder, uncontrolled high blood pressure and history of psychosis. This is why a screening is needed for a doctor to determine your suitability for this treatment method. It is also required for a doctor to administer and monitor the treatment process to regularly check vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate. 

Q & A

Let’s Get Started!

There are two easy ways to connect with us. Call our office at 239.310.5396. Fill out the contact form to request an appointment or to learn more and have questions answered about our Ketamine Therapy program.

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