In recent years, Ketamine therapy has become increasingly popular as a method for treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. According to a ketamine therapy article in the New Yorker, the concept of ketamine therapy actually dates back to the ‘60s and ‘70s. But it was only in the late 2010s that this type of intervention and others like it “went mainstream,” in part due to the publication of a book called “How To Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan. This book helped to inspire more research based interventions with psychedelic treatments by major medical companies, leading to a growing intervention termed as “Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)” –– which might have sounded unusual just a few years ago –– is becoming commonplace.
But what really is ketamine assisted psychotherapy? How can you maximize its effects?
The general concept on ketamine therapy is something that has been covered at Los Angele's holistic group practice, Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, and is an intervention that is being used to help people heal from the trauma struggles that impact the mind. In the article titled “Ketamine Assisted Therapy; A Unique Approach to Mental Health” by psychotherapist and group practice Founder Ektha Aggarwal, it was explained that the KAP method involves the controlled administration of Ketamine by a medical doctor and guided holistic therapy by a licensed psychotherapist. This clinical team will conduct integration work that helps to accelerate the growth of neuroplasticity, ultimately resulting in the management of debilitating or medication resistant mental health symptoms. It’s something that’s been shown to be highly effective and transformative, however, should only be attempted with proper professional clinical guidance.
While you may be a good fit for Ketamine therapy and are trying to get ready for this transformation, there are there are some things you can do on your own to maximize the effectiveness of KAP.
Recognize the Process
The most important thing you can do to maximize the effects of your psychedelic treatments with ketamine, is to recognize that you have autonomy and agency to begin the healing process right now through these simple tips. Ketamine assisted psychotherapy helps you shift your mindset toward a more effective and supportive place that is aligned with your values, goals, and vision for a fulfilling life. The medicine, the clinical care team, and the interventions are half of the treatment, and the half of this healing modality is up to you and your choice to implement the learnings from the medicine journey into your life to anchor in a healthier mindset. Once you recognize this, you can tailor your other pre or post-therapy efforts toward maintaining mindfulness, positivity, and a healthy wellbeing .
Improve Your Sleep Routine
One of the best ways to keep your mind in a healthy and receptive space is to ensure that you are getting proper rest. Research and