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Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic modality in which ketamine is used as a complement to psychotherapy to help eligible patients experience more frequent breakthroughs and sustained improvement in symptoms. About You Therapy takes on the psychotherapy portion of the experience, while out psychiatric partner Journey Clinical’s medical team supports you on all medical aspects. This includes determining eligibility, developing a custom treatment plan, prescribing the medicine and monitoring outcomes. This route is also the most client led treatment of its kind where it can be done remotely or in office with your therapist that you know and trust. You can even control your dosage in session.Below is more information about KAP to help you navigate if it may be a good fit for you.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is an anestheic. It is the most used anesthetic in the world and commonly used with surgery specifically with children. Recently FDA approved in the intra-nasal route for Major Depression. It is a safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has rapidly-acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to take effect within 1-2 hrs. after treatment. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors, which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement.We assist in KAP administration through a lozenge. We chose this route because it gives you the most control of all of the practiced routes. You put it under your tongue for 15 minutes and spit the ketamine out.

How Does Ketamine Feel?

The effects of ketamine, which most patients find pleasant, last for approximately 45 minutes. These effects can make you feel “far from” your body, and facilitate shifts in perception that can often feel expansive in nature. Your motor and verbal abilities will be reduced, so you can lie down in a comfortable position during the experience. Once these effects subside, we’ll spend the remainder of our appointment giving you space to process and discuss your experience. While it may feel hard to articulate what happens during the experience, patients feel like the insights gained are clear.

How Does Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Work?

Step 1. Meet with one of our clinicians for an intake to see if you are eligible for a referral. 6. Follow up with medical team prescriber. Potentially get refills based on individual needs.
Step 2. We refer you to our medical team for a virtual session to determine eligibility. Treatment plan will be designed to meet your individual needs. Prescriptions are mailed to you within two weeks of approval. Appointments are usually made within one to two days.
Step 3. Preparation session(s) with your About You Therapy clinician to align on the process and set intentions for the KAP dosing session.
Step 4. KAP dosing session. You will self-administer your ketamine lozenge at our office or remotely.
Step 5. Integration session(s) to review the experience, insights that arose during your dosing session. This can be done in person or virtually.
Step 6. Follow-up consultations with medical prescriber and potential refills.

What is the Cost of Treatment?

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is typically the most affordable method of ketamine treatment and is at the cutting edge of research. Although the medical intake and medical follow ups are not covered by insurance, they are eligible for out-of-network reimbursement.The preparation with your About you Therapist session and one hour of the dosing session can be covered by insurance. You will be responsible for any copays or deductibles. The following two hours are not covered and are paid by the client.

About You Therapy (KAP)

Preparation Session: $150, 50 minutes. With insurance is usually less with copays and deductibles Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (per dosing session): $450, 3 hours. Insurance can cover 1 hour or up to $150, you will be responsible for any copays or deductibles for that 1 hour Integration Session (per integration session): $150, 50 minutes. With insurance is usually less with copays and deductibles

Journey Clinical Medical Costs

First-Time Patients: • Initial medical consultation with Journey Clinical: $250 • Cost of medication: $85 (enough for 2 sessions) Ongoing treatment • Follow-up medical consultation with Journey Clinical: $150 (at least 1X per quarter) • Cost of medication: $145 (enough for up to 6 sessions)

How do I Sign Up?

If you would like to explore the possibility of working with About You Therapy and doing KAP, please email or talk to your About You Therapy clinician directly.