Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at Cambridge Biotherapies™

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way of helping people deal with emotional challenges that stem from stress, trauma, or mental illness of any kind. Psychotherapy involves regular meetings with a trained therapist, who begins by establishing trust and alliance with the patient. Over a series of sessions, the therapist supports the patient’s exploration of thoughts and emotions to deepen their understanding of their mind, heal psychological wounds, and develop adaptive and positive behaviors.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

We are pleased to offer Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), which is widely considered as the most powerful and potentially transformative way to use ketamine in the treatment of depression and anxiety. We refer to our unique approach to KAP as the “KAPstone Psychedelic Therapy Program”. It does not need to replace any current therapy or treatment. KAP often works best as an adjunctive treatment to ongoing psychotherapy. Nevertheless, some patients benefit from a course of KAP even though they are not currently engaged in another psychotherapy or treatment plan. A visual representation of the protocol can be found below.

KAPstone Psychedelic Therapy Program

Week 1
Get Started

  1. Psychiatric Evaluation
  2. Therapy Alliance
  3. Prepartion, Goals, Intentions

These sessions are 50 min each & virtual.

Week 2-7
Infusions + Integration

Weekly ketamine infusion + next-day integration therapy.

Infusion appts. are 75 min. Integration is 50 min. & virtual.

Week 11
KAPstone Follow-up

One-Month KAPstone Follow-up therapy session.

These sessions are 50 min each & virtual.

Treatment begins with an evaluation by one of our medical providers. Next, you will meet (virtually or in person) with the therapist for an hour-long session to develop treatment goals and work on setting intentions. Then, six cycles of the following are typically recommended: A Ketamine infusion followed by a psychotherapy session, referred to as an “integration session. Depending on treatment location and scheduling availability, the KAPstone Psychedelic Therapy program may be delivered as a joint infusion + integration appointment, or as two separate appointments where the infusion is followed by next-day integration therapy. The next-day model is visualized below for illustrative purposes.

During the integration sessions, the therapist works with the patient to interpret the content of the ketamine experience into meaningful long-term change by identifying insights or analyzing thoughts or ideas that arose during the experience.

A 45-minute follow-up appointment with the therapist is scheduled 3-4 weeks following treatment to evaluate the outcome and talk about possible next steps. A more detailed visual breakdown follows:

Client Journey Outline

Psychiatric
Evaluation

50 Min. w/Psychiatrist or Psych-NP

Review Medical History, Conduct Assessment(s)

Identify the primary issues and symptoms

Review Treatment Options

Establish Action Plan

Therapy
Alliance

50 Min. w/Therapist or Psychiatrist

Review History, Establish Trust + Alliance

Q&A

Intention Setting

Review the Integration Workbook

Preparation,
Goals, Intentions

50 Min. w/Therapist or Psychiatrist

Review homepage ( Integration Workbook )

Prep

Review Intention Setting

Psychiatric
Evaluation

Part 1 : Arrival , Q&A ( 10 Min )

Part 2 : Get Settled, Intention Setting ( 10 Min )

Part 3 : Ketamine Infusion ( 40 Min )

Part 4 : Brief Review of Experience ( 10 Min )

Part 5 : Recovery Room ( As Necessary ) 

Departure: Someone must drive you home.

Integration
Sessions

50 Min. w/Therapist or Psychiatrist

Discuss previous ketamine experience

Review Intensions for next infusion and therapy sesssion

KAPStone
Follow-up

50 Min. w/Therapist or Psychiatrist

Review post month of Ingrating

Discuss next steps in treatment journey

Patients may choose from two models of care: one with a psychiatrist (currently available), and one with a licensed social worker or mental health clinician (waiting list only). Costs may be found under “Billing”.

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