Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: What to expect

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: What to expect

Ketamine infusion therapy has shown to be a remarkable new tool for physicians who help patients facing very challenging mental health issues. Our clients regularly share their sentiments of relief at finally finding a treatment that works for them after so many years of failed therapies. We are especially happy to hear their success stories and examples of transformations after treatment. But Ketamine infusion therapy by itself has a drawback in the length of time the treatment is effective. It has a somewhat low efficacy rate unless infusions are combined with other lifestyle changes or therapeutic methods.

One of the best ways to increase the healing possibilities that Ketamine infusions can provide is to include it with traditional psychotherapy, talk therapy if you will, in order to assist the patient on several fronts. A therapist helps guide a patient through the process more directly. And provides a safety anchor for those who experience anxiety or negative feelings that can emerge during an infusion session. Especially as one begins to do the psychological work and delve deeper in order to uncover the core factors that contribute to one’s current state of health. Therapist as guide is a very important part of the healing process for patients suffering from depression and PTSD, in particular.

There is a reassuring sense that one can let go more easily, as well, if there is a guide to ensure our safety. It gives us permission to take more risks in what we allow ourselves to see and come to understand. During Ketamine assisted psychotherapy the patient will likely encounter imagery and sensations that do not make a world of sense at times. Including an interpreter in the process can be very helpful, and can lead to cathartic moments if one is able to see what our psyche is trying to show us more clearly. A therapist can help interpret some of those symbols with you and more fully explore their deeper meanings.

We have tried to have patients write down their experiences after an infusion treatment and, or simply, discuss with the attending physician what they experienced. But many cannot find the words to recreate the imagery once they are out of a session. It seems to flow best, and provide more for the therapist to work with, when a patient can share their experiences in mid-session. Not having to rely on memory, but instead on metaphor.

These sessions can open a door to new insights and perspectives that one may not come to understand as quickly, or at all perhaps, if done alone. But during Ketamine assisted psychotherapy one can move further in-depth to better understand the factors at play. Or at the very least open new patterns of thought, given new perspectives, which can motive necessary lifestyle changes.

Ketamine assisted psychotherapy can provide tremendous healing potential for numerous ailments. Especially if one can couple it with meditation prior to beginning a treatment session. This practice improves the efficacy of the treatment by helping patients create a healing space in the mind made possible through the meditative arts. Together Ketamine assisted psychotherapy and meditation can lead to longer lasting effects of treatment for all patients. Call today, or set up an appointment online at, one of our Ketamine Health Centers and find out how to expand your current treatment plan to include Ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

   

Ketamine Infusions: a unique approach to wellness

Ketamine Infusions: a unique approach to wellness

Ketamine Health Centers is dedicated to helping individuals find relief from chronic pain and various mental health conditions. We are here to help especially in cases where individuals have not responded to previous treatment methods or medications. Each client is treated as a unique individual and we tailor our treatment plans accordingly. People love to say these days, “You’re no snowflake,” meaning you are not as special as you think you are. 
But yes, indeed you are! 

Each individual is unique. Not only in regards to the physical and emotional development that varies for each one of us, marking out our differences. But also looking at how medicine and various treatments affect our bodies and minds. Medical research for some time was ruled by the notion of a ‘magic bullet’ cure all. We now understand the nuances that gender and ethnicity bring to the table. Psychiatry suffered the same myopic views, and perhaps still does to some extent. Yet, we are beginning to better assess how our environment affects our wellbeing, as well as how each person’s temperament and physiology affects states of mind. My partner, for example, does not benefit from pain medication, most all forms of pain management have little to no effect on his neurophysiology. What I find most fascinating are studies of the effect of positive thinking on healing. Witnessing how an individual can speed up the healing process and gain strength through the power of positivity (read this short John Hopkins piece on The Power of Positive Thinking). That is quite special indeed! Perhaps, though, not as unique a quality. We can all learn to think more positively, even if we are not born with that rosy temperament. 

Mental health providers are beginning to assess the effects of the therapeutic setting in relation to the efficacy of various forms of alternative treatment methods. If you can mitigate the stress that you carry into a therapy session with meditative music or a calming space that exudes the benefits of aromatherapy, then you can calmly and more openly experience its healing effects. Presumably, the efficacy of the treatment will persist longer. The lasting effects of any form of treatment also depends on how proactive each individual is in changing different facets of their lifestyle, especially important when working through addiction and depression. 

We at Ketamine Health Centers honor each client’s unique place in time, and provide an in-depth evaluation that helps us tailor treatment accordingly. You are a snowflake, and we honor that! We offer alternative treatment procedures that have proven highly effective for most individuals with treatment-resistant depression. Individuals that respond well to ketamine infusion treatment feel results immediately. Making it possible to establish a tailored plan more quickly after the initial session shows positive response to treatment. In addition, KHC provides esketamine treatment (Spravato is a fast-acting nasal spray) and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) treatment as possible tools to work through each client’s needs, as determined by the initial evaluation and follow-up sessions. TMS has proven effective for individuals with medication-resistant depression, and studies are ongoing to determine its efficacy for children and adolescents. To learn more about these alternative treatments to medication-resistant depression and other mental health conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and addiction (or to find relief from chronic pain), contact one of our Florida clinics today. Our team at Ketamine Health Centers will provide a free consultation to explore your unique circumstances.

   

The Calm after the Storm

The Calm after the Storm

Spring gives rise to moments of renewal essential to the perpetual rhythm of life. The energy it provides is powerful as it awakens nature from its winter slumber. Springtime means days grow longer, until the summer equinox, giving us opportunity to enjoy an evening stroll again, rejuvenating our senses with the sights of nature blooming and the sounds of new life at every corner. It marks a period in nature when drastic oscillations between cold and warm air currents meet generating great storms. We see in nature the effects of a dynamic system where disruptive patterns bring new synergy and growth. But we also know, through the rhythmic patterns of the Earth that it’s cyclical. We can prepare for it. We can do our best to mitigate it, but in the end we have to ride out the storms and pick-up the pieces where necessary. 

Each of us experiences similar disruptions in our mental and emotional states of wellbeing. We are not immune to the stresses that bombard us from all around. There are moments of disruptions that are equally important for our growth and development for they challenge us and help us develop our strength of character. Adversity leads to growth, but must be tempered by a holistic perspective to see the patterns that emerge. With awareness and appropriate action, we are able to mitigate the stresses as best we can. Yet, in the end we need tenacity to ride out the storm, and then learn life’s valuable lessons as we pick-up the necessary pieces. 

Love, support, and self-forgiveness are crucial components to mitigate these emotional storms. And the holistic perspective we need comes from honoring our mind-body-spiritual connections that shape us and influence how we experience our life. When we strengthen our minds we are focusing on our inner wellbeing using introspection to learn from our daily experiences – growing our relationships and love of self and others, and all that supports us. When we strengthen our bodies we provide it the energy to thrive through nutrition and exercise, and our physical connections with nature and its source. We feel good when our bodies are in tune in all facets. When we can bring balance to our mind/body connection with a deeper understanding of the interplay between myself, others around me and the environment that shapes us, we grow our spiritual ground. This holistic balance allows one to develop a strong sense of self and purpose in daily life that springs forth meaning and happiness out of the everyday.     

Traumatic stress, and at times the structures of our own minds and bodies, compromises us and makes it hard to benefit from the disruptive flow that is a necessary part of life. We all need support to mitigate the storms, yet some individuals have tried various kinds of support and still have not found their path to wellness. Ketamine Health Centers can help you find your path through alternative treatment methods for depression, pain management and a myriad of ailments. Ketamine infusions are proven to generate new states of awareness that led to more holistic perspectives. Please contact us today for a free consultation and learn how Ketamine Health Centers can help you, or a loved one, find new effective forms of support. 

   

The Love Challenge

The Love Challenge

Belonging is a deeply rooted human drive. We are social creatures after all. We require love and physical touch to survive and thrive. We seek others not only for our evolutionary needs, but for our self-growth and altruistic behavior that provide meaning in our lives. Often times we sacrifice our own self-identity for the sake of feeling accepted by specific groups of people, rather than shining out who we are with confidence and letting others gravitate to us. The reason why we tend to do this often is because genuine belonging requires vulnerability, yet societal pressures have taught us to be cautious and protective rather than open and transparent about who we are. One of the secrets to happiness that many enlightened people have come to understand, and thankfully share with us, is knowing that in order to feel at home with others, no matter the setting, you must feel at home with yourself. 

During this month of love and friendship, I challenge you to open your arms and give yourself random acts of kindness. Forgive yourself your faults and know that you do the best you can. If you find you aren’t putting your best foot forward, congratulate yourself for recognizing it, own it and know that you can make that change with intention and love of self. That is the challenge of self-growth. Accepting yourself fully is the doorway through which others can join you while also revealing their true self. Together with that interplay of openness one can generate the necessary social dynamics that opens a space for authenticity and true connections.

There are many obstacles to establishing this level of openness and vulnerability, it is a difficult task for every individual. The great challenge of creating meaning and carving out our space in an unyielding world is THE quest. If in addition to the challenges that existential living produces one is also contending with mental health concerns, it becomes almost untenable to reach a place of belonging and self-acceptance. According to national data, over 16 million Americans experience major depression disorder, with nearly one-third finding little to no relief from traditional treatment methods. Depression (and tangential epidemics such as the opioid crisis) tops the greatest public health concerns globally. It is the biggest challenge we face to establishing wellness both internally with psychological and spiritual well-being, and externally by establishing social and environmental rebalance. 

Too many individuals are suffering from lack of self-love and emotional wellbeing, and other reasons that go deeper into the neurophysiology of an individual. Yet others are further suffering from the lack of effective treatments for depression. Ketamine infusion and TMS treatment methods provide much needed new approaches to healing, and have shown remarkable success with treatment-resistant patients. To date, however, one drawback regrading Ketamine infusion has been the duration of its effects. Now, there is a new development that can address this shortcoming. Esketamine is a newly developed drug derived from Ketamine that is on the fast track for FDA approval. It is a nasal spray to be administered still within a clinical setting that can provide the necessary boost between treatments for greater efficacy. Providing greater potential for Ketamine infusions to help the millions of Americans with treatment-resistant depression find their path to sustained emotional wellbeing. Ketamine Health Centers can help put you on that path. Reach out today and set up a free consultation to discuss which treatment method may work for you or your loved one.

To an Amazing New Day

To an Amazing New Day

Happy New Year! I do hope the year welcomed you with excitement for new possibilities. A nod, at least, to the importance of creating new plans, new paths to wellness. I hope you also entertain the possibility of having an amazing day ahead! I was beautifully reminded that it is in my power to have an amazing day. As I go about my routine being mindful of what I see and say, and especially how I feel, I notice how my reactions to all that surrounds me can shape my mindset. With an open mind I take on challenges and find the beauty in all things that I encounter, perhaps even the possibility of something shifting my course for the better. When I recognize the smile that comes over me as I witness a sweet moment unfold, I feel the renewed energy that a specific connection provides me. I draw from that energy all the possibilities that exist in the universe. I become open to the world and find that being in the moment helps bring about the positive things I seek out in my life. What is even more inspiring is recognizing that an intentional mindset also generates that energy for others around me. I can be a catalyst for others I encounter throughout my amazing day to take notice and be more mindful of their own powerful place in the world. This sort of energy exchange happens on such a subtle level that sadly we often ignore it. Yet, we have the advantage of the collective that gives great potency to the power of possibility and openness. We grow immensely when we recognize our power to influence not only our own reactions and attention to life’s moments, but by simply living with greater intention we help those around us focus on their own states of wellbeing and character development. The core of that state of psychosocial development rests on relationship and fellowship building, creating a collective energy that leads to synergistic growth, and above all establishing a healthy balance in all aspects of living. More often than not, when we develop our core beings we are rewarded with a cosmic connection in life that helps us navigate this difficult world with more patience and love. And so I hope to carry the energy of the holidays through the fellowship that was shared into the new year.

In order to feel one with the created world we must be open to possibility. The possibility of change, the possibility of something new and unexpected. These moments of deeper connections with the life source that moves through all states of being are not difficult to establish, but they do require an openness and flexibility of mind that our hectic lives and social structures do not encourage. Some individuals have a lower tolerance for change, for difference, for flexibility. Some see only black and white. It makes it hard to grow in a society that shines as a prism light if you can’t appreciate its colorful array. We at Ketamine Health Centers recognize this and provide new treatment methods, Ketamine infusion and TMS treatments, to help loosen the rigid perspectives that often grips the mind. The neurophysiological effects that these treatments aim to produce in large part help the mind escape entrenched pathways and create subtle new circuitry that allows for that needed flexibility for core wellness. Please connect with us today through our various modes of contact, and schedule a free consultation to explore the possibilities that Ketamine Health Centers can provide you or your loved one.

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