Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (also known as KAP) comes in many forms, but it always revolves around supporting, enhancing, and cementing the therapeutic qualities of Ketamine treatments. There is no right or wrong method to accompany therapy with ketamine treatments, but such therapy should always be customized to the patient. Generally, Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy includes an introduction to ketamine and a preparation session, integration sessions after each or every other ketamine treatment, and optional guided experiential sessions with the patient. Generally, the goal is to enhance the psychotherapy process via ketamine, and to augment the efficacy of ketamine with trenchant psychotherapy – a true symbiotic relationship.
A recent psychological study suggest that talk therapy within 24 hours of a ketamine treatment increases response rates and lengthens remissions for patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression. At New Pathways, we believe in holistic care supported by scientific research, so this study reinforces our recommendation for Ketamine treatments to be complemented by therapy.
Some patients would prefer to use their current therapist, while others would prefer to see a second therapist who specializes in therapy customized for ketamine treatments. Either way, we recommend patients are seen within 24 hours of a ketamine treatment once a week. We particularly emphasize that patients without their own therapists should engage in Ketamine- Assisted Psychotherapy. All patients desire the best possible outcome and progress for their treatments, and ketamine plus talk therapy is indicated to be the best route to achieve that result.
New Pathways Clinic has cultivated a partnership with Stella Luna Counseling and Wellness to provide Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Stella Luna shares a patient-centric approach that we trust wholeheartedly and has the most experience in the Cleveland area working with patients undergoing ketamine treatments. They are conveniently located less than a half a mile away from New Pathways, and can meet with you at our clinic or in their offices. Any patient is free to schedule as many appointments as they see fit. We recommend at least four sessions – one introduction & preparation session and then three integration sessions.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is covered by insurance just as traditional talk therapy is covered. Stella Luna Counseling and Wellness accepts most insurance plans and can work with each patient to make sure that they know their coverage before starting treatment. Patients with insurance coverage will owe no more than for any other session with an in-network therapist. For patients without coverage, therapy is available for the standard $125 an hour.