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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy: A Step-by-Step Guide

Embarking on a journey of mental health and self-discovery can be both challenging and rewarding. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is emerging as a promising treatment option for individuals struggling with various mental health conditions.

Let’s walk you through the KAP process step-by-step, shedding light on each phase to help you understand what to expect.

Step 1

Self-Referral and Initial Medical 
Assessment (IMA)

The first step of Ketamine-Assisted Therapy involves filling out a self-referral form. Once this has been submitted, one of our medical team will review your referral before inviting you to an Initial Medial Assessment (IMA).

Once you have completed the self-referral form, one of our medical team will review your referral before inviting you to an Initial Medical Assessment (IMA).

The assessment will take approximately 90 minutes at our clinic and will determine if Ketamine-Assisted Therapy is suitable for you and your medical needs.

As a part of the IMA, our medical team will review your current medication and any treatment you are undergoing. They will look at your current health status and, with your consent, review your medical records held by your GP to understand your medical history and background.

During this phase, your suitability for either KAP or KARE will be determined.

The following steps outline the process for proceeding with KAP treatment. If you are interested in understanding the steps for the KARE process, please contact our team.

Step 2

Preparation Sessions – KAP

Following a successful IMA, you will book 2 preparation sessions. These sessions, conducted either online or in person, are non-drug psychotherapy sessions led by a therapist. This is an opportunity to discuss your current mental health condition, expectations of your time with Klearwell, as well as any goals you may have for the treatment, among other topics. 

These sessions aim to create an open and supportive environment for you to feel prepared for the upcoming stages.

Step 3

Dosing Sessions

The core treatment phase of KAP involves four dosing sessions that are approximately 120 minutes each. These sessions occur in person and begin with a brief preparatory discussion. A relaxation exercise may be conducted to help you relax and get into the right mindset for the dosing. The actual dosing involves the administration of ketamine through intra-muscular injection. Under the guidance and supervision of medical professionals, this stage provides an opportunity for potential breakthroughs and insights.

Step 4

Integration Sessions

Following each dosing session, you will have four integration sessions, approximately 50 minutes long. These sessions can either be conducted in person or online. Integration therapy usually takes place the day after dosing, taking advantage of the elevated mood experienced post-dosing. These non-drug psychotherapy sessions allow you to explore and process what emerged during the dosing experiences. It provides an opportunity to integrate the insights gained and make sense of the emotions and thoughts that arose during the treatment.

Step 5

Evaluation & Additional Sessions

In the final step of KAP, you will have a non-drug evaluation session. During this session, you will compare your pre-treatment and post-treatment state. The purpose is to assess the progress made, identify any potential areas that may require additional sessions, and discuss the need for further treatment if necessary. The evaluation aims to ensure that the treatment effectively addresses your mental health needs and allows for a meaningful follow-up plan.

KAP treatment

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic treatment approach that combines the use of ketamine with non-drug psychotherapy sessions. The process involves an initial assessment, preparation, dosing, integration, and evaluation sessions. Throughout these steps, KAP aims to provide a supportive and transformative experience, helping individuals gain valuable insights and make strides towards improved mental well-being.