Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

What is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)?

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, or KAP, is a specialized and structured form of ketamine therapy that combines the administration of ketamine with psychotherapeutic techniques. It is conducted in a safe, controlled, and supportive environment. Here's a breakdown of how KAP works:

Ketamine Administration: In a KAP session, a qualified medical professional administers a carefully measured dose of ketamine through various methods, such as intravenous (IV) infusion, intramuscular (IM) injection, or intranasal spray. The choice of administration method depends on individual factors and therapeutic goals. Neuroglow utilizes intravenous infusion because of the high predictability and control of this particular technique.

Psychological Preparation: Before the ketamine session, patients engage in psychological preparation. This typically involves discussions with a therapist or mental health professional who helps set intentions, establish treatment goals, and address any concerns or fears about the ketamine experience.

Ketamine Experience: Once the ketamine is administered, patients enter an altered state of consciousness. This experience can involve dissociation (a sense of disconnection from one's body or surroundings), vivid imagery, and changes in perception. This altered state is temporary and usually lasts for about 60 minutes. Patients remain in a comfortable and quiet environment during this time.

Psychotherapy Integration: After the peak effects of ketamine subside, patients engage in psychotherapy sessions. These sessions may occur immediately after the ketamine session or in the days following it. The psychotherapist helps patients process and integrate the thoughts, emotions, and insights gained during the ketamine experience.

Why is KAP Essential?

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is considered essential in ketamine therapy for several important reasons:

Optimizing Benefits: KAP provides a structured framework to maximize the therapeutic potential of ketamine. It helps patients navigate the intense and often emotionally charged experiences that can arise during a ketamine session.

Enhanced Insights: The altered state of consciousness induced by ketamine can facilitate access to deep-seated emotions and thoughts that may be challenging to explore in traditional talk therapy alone. This can lead to profound insights and breakthroughs in treatment.

Reduced Resistance: Ketamine can temporarily reduce emotional barriers and defensiveness, making it easier for patients to engage in meaningful therapeutic work and address underlying issues.

Long-Term Effects: While the acute effects of ketamine may be short-lived, the insights and changes in perspective gained during KAP sessions can have lasting benefits. Patients continue to work on their mental health and personal growth in subsequent therapy sessions.

Neuroglow KAP Provider:

Trevor J. Bidstrup MA, LPC, LMHC

Trevor is a specialized mental health counselor in the field of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP). His approach is rooted in holistic wellness, person centered approach, and is supported by clinical research. Previously he was Director of KAP at the largest ketamine clinic in the Pacific Northwest where he has treated over 100 individuals using ketamine infusions, injections, and lozenges. He serves on the Therapist Advisory Panel of the ASKP3 and as board president and co-founder of the Professional Psychedelic Providers Association. His practice is driven by genuine human connection, inspiration & warmth, research supported decision making, and the understanding that wellness is unique to each individual’s life and circumstance.