Ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is a form of psychotherapy that involves the use of the drug ketamine to enhance the therapeutic process. KAP sessions are typically conducted with a trained mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed therapist, who guides the patient through the experience while also providing therapeutic support.
During a KAP session, the patient receives a controlled dose of ketamine, typically administered through an IV infusion, nasal spray, or oral medication. The therapist then engages in talk therapy with the patient, using the altered state of consciousness induced by the ketamine to explore and address underlying emotional and psychological issues. The goal is to help the patient gain insight into their thoughts and feelings, process past traumas, and make positive changes in their behavior and relationships.
Some of the benefits of KAP include:
Rapid relief of symptoms
Ketamine can induce a temporary altered state of consciousness that has been shown to rapidly reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. This can provide immediate relief to individuals who may be struggling with severe symptoms.
Enhanced therapeutic experience
The use of ketamine during therapy sessions can enhance the therapeutic experience by providing a deeper level of insight and understanding into one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This can help individuals gain greater self-awareness, process past traumas, and make positive changes in their lives.
Ketamine has been found to have a mood-enhancing effect that can increase motivation and help individuals feel more engaged in the therapeutic process.
Some studies have found that the benefits of KAP can last beyond the immediate effects of the drug, with some patients experiencing sustained improvements in symptoms for weeks or months after treatment.
Reduced need for medication
For some individuals, KAP may provide an alternative to traditional medication-based treatments, reducing the need for long-term medication use.