Looking for Psychedelic Integration Therapy or Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy?
While psychedelic experiences can open you up to deeper parts of yourself and expanded states of awareness and consciousness, they also have the potential to leave you with increased pain and psychological backlash from parts of yourself that are afraid of change.
Getting proper support and understanding during the preparation and integration stages that come before or after actual experiences with psychedelic medicines can make or break the experience. Preparation helps you go in with the right mindset, while integration helps you process what comes up.
In my Clifton, NJ practice (telehealth is an option as well), I offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in addition to psychedelic integration therapy. Being a KAP provider means that in addition to doing prep and integration work with you, I am able to be present with you while you actually experience the effects of taking ketamine; this allows me to help you safely let go into the experience as well as to process what comes up while it is happening. Under the influence of ketamine, you are likely to experience increased trust and vulnerability, and you may find yourself able to share things that are normally hard to share in a regular talk therapy session.
In addition, if you have had your own psychedelic experiences with other medicines that you want or need to talk about with an experienced and trained therapist, I feel comfortable to give you a space free of judgment to talk about and integrate whatever has come up during these experiences as well.
Repeated cycles of anxiety, ocd, depression, or trauma may have left you feeling stuck, helpless, and trapped. You may feel empty or like you’re searching for something more. Accessing non-ordinary states of consciousness, as well as leveraging the biological benefits of psychedelic medicines, can help us get unstuck.
Over the past couple years, more and more therapists have been using Ketamine to help facilitate deeper change, transformation, and healing for clients who experience common but debilitating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. You may also be turning to other psychedelics, which are legal in only some locations but are being researched extensively at this time, for deeper levels of healing and insight as well as ego dissolution.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is considered a generally safe dissociative anaesthetic, which also has psychedelic properties, and has been used in recent years off-label for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, self growth, addiction, and PTSD, with very promising results. A plethora of research studies are currently underway to learn more about which conditions can be helped by ketamine, and research to date has been very promising.
How Ketamine Helps:
The mechanisms of change underpinning Ketamine’s high levels of effectiveness for treating mental health disorders are still in the process of being understood, although recent research seems to indicate several components to its helpful effect on the brain.
In addition to regulating glutamate levels in the brain, an important mechanism of Ketamine’s effect on mental health seems to be Ketamine’s dramatic effect on neuroplasticity, which is essentially the brain’s ability to be open to new learning and to creating new pathways of change, thus reversing or overriding long-standing (painful) patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that were previously deeply imprinted or ingrained, with new learning.
Ketamine seems to unlock a window of increased neuroplasticity in the brain that can powerfully help you more easily make changes that previously were very difficult to make.
Ketamine also seems to inhibit the brain’s “default mode network”, essentially helping people “get out of their heads” in ways that previously seemed impossible. And it also appears to help people gain access to previously suppressed or unconscious aspects of one’s memories and life experiences so they can be reappraised and integrated into the overall big picture of one’s life in a new way.
Necessary Conditions for Healing:
Getting unblocked from patterns ingrained deep inside us; accessing memories and unconscious experiences that are normally blocked or repressed; and experiencing non-ordinary states of awareness can all be facilitated by the use of ketamine, and in the context of a trusted psychotherapy relationship, can lead to significant improvements in mental health, as long as certain conditions seem to be met: feeling safe and supported by your therapist; mentally preparing for your ketamine experience by setting goals and intentions for it; creating a proper setting for your ketamine journey together with your therapist; and processing what came up during the ketamine experience in integration sessions that follow. “Letting go” is very important to this experience; your ketamine experience will be most effective if you can allow whatever happens to just happen, without trying to control or fight any aspect of it; for those of you who have trouble letting go, I will also work with you on this.
My overall goal, as both a psychoanalytic and trauma-informed psychotherapist, with 20 years of experience, is to help facilitate the optimal and unique conditions you need for your ketamine experience to be all it can be as we work through whichever mental health issues you have been struggling with and want to heal from, as well as to help you integrate any psychedelic experiences you’ve had that you feel you’d like to talk about.
Please call today at 973-348-9384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Here are some additional links to articles about the use of ketamine for mental health conditions: