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Prepare for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

How to Prepare for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

You’re going for a ketamine therapy session but might be unsure about how you can prepare for it beforehand. We understand that it can be a nervous experience and that’s okay!

So let’s break it down together. You can keep reading to explore:

  • How to Prepare for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy
  • How to Get the Most out of Ketamine Therapy
  • And much more!

How to Prepare for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

Prepare for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

The process of KAP might be new for a lot of people. Not knowing what to expect can make you feel nervous and it is a natural response to the unknown. 

So let’s demystify the KAP process and see how we can prepare for certain stages:

1. Initial Intake Session:

  • If it is your first time considering ketamine, you will have an intake session with a licensed therapist before moving forward with a ketamine infusion clinic – Journey Clinical.
  • The intake session allows the therapist to understand your previous mental health history and current symptoms. 

How to Prepare:  You can note down your mental health history so that you do not forget any important events that the therapist should know. You can also gather any medical records that are present. 

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2. Initial Consultation with Journey Clinical

  • An initial consultation is held with Journey Clinical. A licensed clinician will assess your mental health history and assess your eligibility for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. 

3. Customized Prescription and Planning

  • If eligible, you will be given a prescription plan and a customized ketamine lozenge dosage according to your needs. Further details will be provided by the ketamine infusion clinic – Journey Clinical. 

4. Pre-Ketamine Treatment Preparation: 

  • You will have a preparation session with your licensed therapist once you receive your ketamine lozenges dose. 
  • Purpose: The preparation session helps guide you through the KAP process and provides clarity on what is expected. Your licensed therapist will also assist you in setting an intent for your treatment session. 
  • First-Time Client: If it is your first time, you may require more than 1 session to help you prepare for the ketamine treatment. 
  • Existing Client: Existing clients usually require only 1 session for the preparation.

How to Prepare: You can note down any queries/concerns you have about the treatment process. Also, you can help yourself set your intent. 

Why do I have to Set an Intention Before My Treatment Session? 

Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, a  licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in ketamine therapies says that:

The best way to prepare and get the most out of your ketamine-assisted therapy is by setting an intent. It means to be mindful about what is going to happen and what you intend to work through in your sessions. 

So, how do you prepare to set an intent? 

  • Journaling: Journaling can help decrease stress whenever we are going through a difficult time. Decreased distress also means that you are better able to focus. 

You can journal about what you intend to work through during your ketamine treatment. Also, journal about your experience during and after the treatment.

  • Mindfulness/Meditation: Getting experience through mindfulness and meditation can help make it easier to channel your thoughts and work on your intent. 

5. Ketamine Treatment Dosing Session

  • The moment we’ve all been waiting for! This ketamine dosing session can occur in our office or in the comfort of your own home. You will be connected and in touch with your licensed therapist throughout the session via telehealth. 
  • Your therapist will be there to guide and support you through the entire process. 
  • You will self-administer the ketamine lozenges while you are in a comfortable position. This usually occurs with the client reclining comfortably, listening to music, and with an eye mask over the eyes. 

How to Prepare: You can note down your agenda for the session and communicate with your therapist to let them know about the things you would like to work on. 

You can also let them know about any concerns or fears you might have related to the treatment session so that they are more aware of such instances. 

Lastly, don’t forget to remind yourself that every person’s journey is different! You might find that certain troubling events are easier to work on and some might be harder.

You can always talk to your therapist and share your thoughts about your experience during and right after the ketamine process.

Talk to them about your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors experienced during this time. The therapist might also help you explore and process your experience with the use of various techniques such as guided discovery or mindfulness practices. 

6. Integration and Follow-Up Sessions

  • You will have multiple integration sessions with your therapist after your ketamine dosage session. 
  • Purpose: These integration sessions are designed to help you explore and process your experience during and after the ketamine dosage sessions. 
  • You can talk about the feelings, thoughts, memories, and images that may have risen to the surface during your dosage session. This will help you gain insight into your thought process and which events you can work through after the session. 
  • These sessions will also help you prepare for your upcoming dosage sessions. 
  • You will also have follow-up sessions with Journey Clinical after your initial session. 
  • The follow-up sessions will help monitor your progress and provide you with extra ketamine prescriptions when necessary. 

How to Prepare: Allow yourself to be present with no distractions. Take the time to think back to your experience and reflect on your experience. You can share your reflections with your therapist as it helps increase insight. Here are a few questions to help you get started: 

  • What was going through your mind? 
  • Were there any specific images, sounds, or memories that surfaced?
  • How did you feel at that moment?
  • What do you think this has helped you realize? (Insight)

You can also talk to your therapist about what you want to achieve for the next and upcoming sessions.

How to Get the Most out of Ketamine Therapy

Prepare for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

We just talked about how to prepare for ketamine therapy. But what can you do to make sure you get the maximum impact out of your treatment session? You can:

1. Try Different Forms of Yoga – Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a little different from the typical yoga you might be aware of. It doesn’t involve any poses, and it can make you feel like you just had a wonderful sleep! 

Dr. Bundukamara talks about this form of yoga as another way to help you increase your mindfulness about your surroundings and your situation. 

A recent scientific article found that both yoga and yoga nidra have been effective in reducing anxiety and stress. 

The best part? Yoga Nidra was found to be more effective in helping reduce anxiety and stress. It was able to help reduce both our physiological (body) and cognitive symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

Conclusion

You can help prepare yourself for ketamine-assisted therapy by learning about the process of KAP. You can also aid yourself by setting your intent through mindful practices such as journaling and meditation. 

Lastly, you can also make the most of your session by taking up different forms of yoga. You can always talk to your clinic for further guidance. 

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