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Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Treatment  – Q&A

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) combines the therapeutic effects of ketamine with the supportive and safe environment of the therapeutic relationship. The psychotherapy component of KAP allows the client to process the insights gained through the ketamine experience with the therapist, facilitating integration of these insights and lasting symptom relief. 

Patients treated with ketamine and cognitive behavioral therapy will show better outcomes than those treated with either modality alone. Patients being treated with EMDR and other therapies for posttraumatic have also been shown to improve more  dramatically while undergoing ketamine therapy. These types of  therapies are generally conducted on days when ketamine is not administered; however, certain types of more intensive therapies for trauma can actually be conducted during the ketamine sessions themselves. Treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, chemical dependency disorders as well as psychosomatic disorders have all been shown to respond to ketamine-assisted therapy (KAT). 

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is generally conducted over a two-hour interval but could range from one to three hours. The frequency of treatment is dependent upon the patient’s condition, but in general, patients will undergo one to four sessions. Patients who undergo ketamine-assisted therapy generally undergo a time-limited course of treatment, usually three to four sessions.

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can help the patient gain perspective on their mental patterns and belief systems, allowing them to see these patterns more clearly. Ketamine also introduces patients to new perspectives and insights, which they can then work to integrate into their conceptual framework with the support of the therapist. KAP can assist patients in addressing habitual thought processes which hold them back and to develop and anchor in new, healthier ones that can help them move forward with their lives. 

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