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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

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WHAT IS KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (KAP)?

KAP is an adjunctive form of psychotherapy utilized to treat mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and chronic pain syndromes.

WHY KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY? (KAP)

When integrated along with ketamine infusion, KAP enhances and prolongs optimal therapeutic responses. Call us at 804-589-5267 to schedule your KAP session with one of our therapists.

KAT Preparation & Integration: Our Unique Care Model

2023 07 06

At Alchemy Wellness, we believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, and we are excited to share with you our care model that revolves around the essential components of preparation and integration for ketamine-assisted therapy (KAT) sessions. We are committed to helping you embark on a transformative journey towards better mental health and overall well-being.

KAT Preparation Session
1 Session
45 Minutes
Tele-Health or in-person

Why have a preparation session? The work one does before and after a ketamine infusion is as important as the work done during the infusion. The medication only facilitates change—but the change itself comes from you! The preparation session sets the stage for all subsequent treatment sessions.

During the preparation stage, we will do the following:

  • Ask you to complete a few (brief) screening tools that help us measure your treatment progress.
  • Provide an orientation for you about ketamine infusion treatment and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). 
  • Examine intentions you may want to explore in subsequent ketamine-assisted therapy (KAT) sessions and/or non-ketamine integration sessions.
  • Set goals for your overall treatment.

Doing this work in a preparation session means that when you arrive for your first infusion session, we can begin the process quickly since we have completed the preparation work ahead of time. Our experience has shown us that minimizing tasks prior to a patient’s first infusion leads to a more relaxed and focused first infusion.

KAT Integration Session
1-6 Sessions
60 Minutes
Tele-Health or In-Person

What does integration mean? A common question that arises when patients are near the end of their infusion sessions is: What do I do with what I have learned during my infusion sessions? Integration sessions are used to explore and “unpack” things discovered during your infusion sessions. Unlike psychotherapy, which can be open-ended and can cover a variety of topics, integration sessions are limited in number and focus on themes brought up during infusion sessions.

Integration sessions can include:

  • Processing material from infusion sessions
  • Working on bringing material from infusion sessions into the “here and now,” and figuring out how to take themes from infusion sessions into one’s everyday life and relationships
  • Determining the next steps in terms of treatment

The number of integration sessions is up to the client. While it is possible to conduct integration sessions with your current therapist, we find it most effective to work with clinicians who have experience in working with psychedelic medicine.