Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

At Forum health, we believe in an individual’s innate ability to self – heal. Unfortunately, many times, past traumas and unhealthy coping mechanisms can interfere with that healing ability, leading to symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, OCD and PTSD.

Ketamine therapy acts as a catalyst to expedite the healing process.  By assisting the patient to recall and work through repressed feelings and issues that may be underlying their symptoms, healing becomes possible.

After working through these root cause issues in real time during your ketamine session, individuals typically emerge with a newfound sense of wholeness, calm, and empowerment to live life to its fullest.

As a proponent of psychedelic medicine and ketamine infusion therapy, our KAP provider Julie Hamilton, NP, specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and chronic pain, Julie has overseen more than 2500 intravenous ketamine sessions.

What does ketamine treat?

Ketamine therapy has demonstrated to be effective in treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and addiction issues. It is also indicated for pain relief in chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

What is the difference between ketamine and KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy)?

Ketamine therapy refers to administration of the medication called ketamine by either IV, IM or intranasal routes. It typically lacks the integration of experience that has demonstrated to be necessary in order to provide long-term healing. Ketamine only therapy provides short-term results, and typically requires expensive “booster” or “follow-up sessions”.

Here at Forum health, our goal is long-term healing of your symptoms. Our provider is specifically trained to help integrate your ketamine experience during and after your infusion, which leads to more long-term healing. As a result, “booster” infusions are typically unnecessary.

Are your services covered by insurance?

We do not accept insurance at this time. However, we can provide a super bill, including procedure codes, that you may submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. We are unable to guarantee reimbursement for services rendered.

Are there any contraindications to ketamine therapy?

We offer a comprehensive, one hour intake appointment with our nurse practitioner prior to starting ketamine therapy. This appointment includes a comprehensive medical history and physical exam to identify and address any potential health issues prior to starting ketamine therapy.

Strict contraindications: allergy to ketamine, recent TBI, history of psychosis, bipolar disorder with active mania

Relative contraindications: severe respiratory compromise, personality disorders, severe kidney disease, severe liver disease.

Is ketamine an antidepressant?

Ketamine therapy has demonstrated to be effective for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD. Ketamine therapy is often effective when SSRIs (antidepressants) have failed because ketamine works differently in the body. Antidepressants work on neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine. Conversely, Ketamine binds to a receptor in the brain called a NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate). This binding blocks a part of the glutaminergic system called glutamate. Glutamate dysfunction has been correlated to mood disorders in clinical studies.

What does a ketamine session feel like?

Every individual is unique and will therefore have a unique ketamine experience. However, you will likely experience a sensation of heaviness, or even decreased awareness of your body. Ketamine experiences are often filled with colors and geometric shapes, as well as a heightened awareness of sound and music. Additionally, time is experienced differently under the effects of ketamine. A 40-minute session may feel much longer. Your guide is present to help you interpret your experience. Several common descriptors of the ketamine experience include; “calm”, “one-ness”, and “peaceful”.

Is ketamine therapy safe?

Here at Forum Health, we go above and beyond the industry standard to ensure your safety during infusion. We use the lowest possible therapeutic doses, which serves to nearly eliminate uncomfortable side effects. Also, you will be monitored throughout the entire session, using state-of-the-art medical equipment to ensure your well-being during infusion. Additionally, we provide a thorough, one-hour medical intake prior to initiating therapy in order to identify and address any potential health risks before your first infusion.

To learn if Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy right for you, contact our office at (512) 800-5309.

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