Looking for a powerful, integrative approach to mental health? Consider Integrated Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (IKAP). This cutting-edge therapy combines the best of traditional talk therapy with the game-changing benefits of ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
Our team of experienced therapists will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. We also offer support and guidance
What is Ketamine?
Pharmaceutically, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic– a medication that produces a temporary sense of disconnection between mind and body, and from one’s normal reality, memory, and sense of identity. Ketamine is one of the most widely used drugs in modern medicine, and listed on the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines – medications considered to be most effective and safe to meet the most important needs in a health system. It was developed in 1963, FDA approved in 1970. Many hospitals, surgical centers and medical offices use it because its effects are fast, safe, short-lasting, analgesic in nature, and is even safe for pediatric patients.
Ketamine has been shown to be particularly effective with chronic mood disorders, pain, and other mental health conditions which can be severe, recurring, disabling, and even life-threatening. In the last twenty years, ketamine has been used as an accessory in some severe and “treatment-resistant” conditions (not successfully treated by other modalities or drugs), including depression, severe anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, suicidal ideation, and other psychiatric diagnoses (Rodrigues et al., 2013). Ketamine is currently being studied with those who have substance use disorders. Many current medical treatments for these conditions simply don’t work, or they take weeks to “kick in”. In addition, medications can create side effects that are sometimes worse than the initial disorder. Although ketamine has been used as an anesthetic agent for many years, its application as an adjunct to psychotherapy and other medications is relatively new and “off label.” Based on our review of available research coupled with our own clinical experience, we have found that when used appropriately, Ketamine paired with psychotherapy, KAP, is effective, and decreases negative mental states wherein individuals have found themselves stuck, or found their conditions to be treatment-resistant.
How Ketamine Works
Ketamine works through the glutamates – powerful chemicals in the nervous system that are responsible for sending signals between nerve cells, and that play an important role in learning and memory. We know that in cases of depression, regions of the brain which help govern mood may shrink. Animal research, however, has shown that ketamine can stimulate neural growth in these regions within days (and sometimes hours), and researchers hypothesize there is similar action in humans.
Researchers also hypothesize that ketamine enables a reprieve from habitual patterns of thought that underlie mood and behavior, thereby creating an opportunity for learning new and healthier patterns of thought. In our experience, KAP not only affords a reprieve from detrimental thought patterns; the intervention can actually lead to a reprocessing of negative perceptions and thoughts that are causing or perpetuating unhealthy mental, emotional, and even physical states. Many times these thought patterns have entrenched themselves in the subconscious of the person having been learned early in life. Ketamine provides a way for these unconscious thought patterns, even painful ones, to come to the surface and be dealt with in an appropriate way.
Dosing Strategies and Route of Administration
Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways. In our practice, ketamine is administered by intravenous infusion (IV). Dosage is determined by various physical factors including weight, sensitivity to medication, and history of drug use. The ketamine process is unique depending on the dosage and receptiveness of the individual. Our medical team will check your vital signs before and after the administration, and be on hand throughout the session to monitor physiological responses to the treatment.
What is Integrated Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (IKAP)
Both psychotherapy and ketamine are effective in helping with mood disorders and pain, but the combination of the two has been shown to be much more effective than either on its own. Our program emphasizes the potential for change and the creation of new neuropathways which can facilitate change quickly. Our experience suggests that the administration of ketamine is most effective when paired with psychotherapy. We offer a psychotherapy program which will 1) explore limiting thought patterns and conditions which may be keeping you “stuck”, 2) prepare you for your ketamine sessions including answering any questions or concerns you may have, 3) guide you through your ketamine session, and 4) assist you in exploring and integrating your experiences afterwards.
The Ketamine Experience
The ketamine experience is marked by an easing of the patient’s typical concerns and preoccupations, all while maintaining conscious awareness. This psychological relaxation allows an alleviation of negative feelings and preoccupations. You will most likely experience a feeling of peace, devoid of stress, tension, or depression. However, psychedelic effects may also be experienced. These effects may include distorted visualization of colors, a feeling of floating, out-of-body sensations, vivid dreaming, and changes in the processing of sight, touch, and sound. These effects typically start within 5 minutes of ketamine dosing. The dissociative effect predominates for a time, usually 20 -30 minutes although this period of time seems timeless. Re-administration of ketamine midway through the session is sometimes given to maintain the effects of the medication until the end of the session.
We believe that these ‘dissociative’ experiences are instrumental in providing relief from psychological pain and tend to generate a more positive way of looking at life. We also believe that this altered state of mind and the exploration and experience of other possible states of consciousness create new neuropathways and therefore, different ways of thinking and being. Each of your ketamine sessions will be attended by a therapist who will spend time initially getting to know your concerns and mental health issues. The therapist will then act as a guide to help facilitate a growth-promoting, even life-changing experience. Each session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the individual. Even though the benefits of ketamine may be felt quickly, repeated sessions of 2-3 per week are recommended for the first few weeks for enduring benefit. Ketamine usually works to some degree immediately and can continue working days and weeks after.
Conditions We Treat Through Integrated Ketamine Assisted Therapy
I had the incredible experience of working with Dr. Trish and participating in Ketamine Psychotherapy sessions in partnership with Forum Health. Words cannot explain how beneficial and life changing these sessions were for me. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic illness for most of my life. I also had a hard time coping with extreme grief and suicidal tendencies.
I was able to sit down with Dr. Trish and set some objectives and goals that I wanted for my treatment plan. My first ketamine session was absolutely mind blowing. We talked and identified what I wanted to focus on processing during my session before hand, which was grief and overcoming a traumatic experience. The Ketamine experience itself was peaceful and exciting at the same time. y mind flew through shapes and universes while listening to the hypnotic voice of Dr. Trish guide my sub-conscious into letting go of my grief and sadness.
She guided and re-programmed my mind and neuro pathways into accepting peace and joy. She ultimately helped me fid hope, healing, and happiness! Her therapy, her guiding words, and each progressive Ketamine session gave me a new default thought process that made me feel happy and at peace.
Within 6 sessions, I feel I have accomplished more in my healing and well-being than I have with talking with therapists in over 15 years. I no longer feel debilitated by grief and sadness in my heart. I no longer feel plagued by negative self-harm thoughts, and instead my thoughts are positive and uplifting.
I feel at peace and accepting of my life, my challenges, and feel that my coping mechanisms are healthier than ever. Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Trish Henrie and Riverwoods Behavioral Health for their exceptional help in my personal life, healing my mind and soul, and helping me overcome so much.
“I’ve been deeply depressed for years because of chronic physical pain and past traumas that I had experienced. I was 100% suicidal. I had a plan, I had written my family a note.
I attempted suicide. In the weeks after my failed attempt I felt more depressed then I had before attempting suicide.
I immediately started ketamine therapy with Dr Trish and it has saved me from ending my own life and given me hope and optimism for the future. I would recommend ketamine Induced psychotherapy to anyone struggling with PTSD, Anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts, ideation or failed attempts.
“People forget that we all struggle – that you can be a sister, a mom, a manger, a doctor, or an executive with a high-paying salary and still face chronic illness.
As a perfectionistic and strong-willed businesswoman, ketamine allowed me to discover vulnerability within myself and begin to heal. I stopped pretending that I was ok and started doing the work that 10 years of traditional medicine and therapy couldn’t do.
I gained the subconscious ability to understand my thought processes and make rational, healthy decisions.
There’s nothing more powerful than to be in control of your body, mind and soul when you’ve lived your life controlled by addictive tendencies. Ketamine gave me that ability back, but more so did Dr. Trish’s principles of recovery.”