What is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)?

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is a therapeutic approach that incorporates the use of ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic, within the context of a psychotherapeutic session. Unlike traditional psychedelics such as LSD or psilocybin, ketamine is legally approved for medical use and is commonly used as an anesthetic in medical settings. In recent years, there has been growing interest in its potential therapeutic effects when used in controlled settings for mental health treatment.

In KAP, ketamine is administered under the supervision of a trained therapist or healthcare provider, typically through intramuscular injection, intravenous infusion, or intranasal spray. The psychotherapeutic session then proceeds while the individual is under the effects of ketamine. The therapist guides the individual through the experience, helping them explore their thoughts, emotions, and memories in a safe and supportive environment.

Ketamine is known to induce alterations in consciousness, including dissociation and ego dissolution, which may facilitate the processing of traumatic memories, emotional insights, and existential or spiritual experiences. KAP works by allowing greater access to experiences that are the root of mental health struggles and symptoms. Ketamine (in KAP or via IV infusion) stimulates new connections in the brain that make it easier to establish new thought, emotional, or behavioral patterns.

Some benefits of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy include:

  • Rapid relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions.
  • Enhanced introspection and self-awareness.
  • Facilitation of emotional processing and trauma resolution.
  • Promotion of neuroplasticity and synaptic growth in the brain.

Ketamine is a controlled substance with potential for abuse, so it should only be administered by qualified healthcare professionals in a clinical setting with appropriate safeguards in place.

Who Can Benefit from Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy?

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is most often used to help alleviate depression and PTSD. KAP can benefit any person who feels “stuck” in therapy and needs the support of the medicine to get “unstuck” and move forward. It is most beneficial for those who are medically stable and want support to deepen their medicine experience.

KAP is not optimal for those who feel more comfortable in a medical setting or have medical issues that benefit from the presence of physicians in the building.

About Grounding Flight's Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Treatments

My KAP treatments involve a 3-4 hour medicine sessions in a comfortable, low stress environment. Each patient receives individual support throughout the medicine experience. During your KAP journey, you are the only patient.

These sessions combine pre-dosing preparation, the medicine experience, and post-experience integration to maximize the benefit of the session and the open window of learning.

  • Pre-dosing includes talk therapy to refine your intention and to work through the things that we can before dosing so that the medicine can get to what needs the medicine.
  • During the medicine session, you are supervised and offered any support that is needed to keep the journey moving forward and to work through any difficulties that arise.
  • After the medicine session, there is an opportunity for light talk therapy to anchor significant moments from the medicine and begin the process of integration.

I have been facilitating KAP in a comfortable, non-medical environment since 2019, and have worked with a wide range of doses and patient concerns. I also developed the Ketamine-enhanced Internal Family Systems protocol and have trained other providers in this method nationwide.