What is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is an intensive psychotherapy that can support the client in getting to core feelings and seeing, processing and rewiring emotional memories. KAP helps to relax prior habitual ways of thinking allowing for an update of the nervous system with new motivation, a capacity to feel joy and emotional regulation.
Through our research, personal experience, and extensive training we have created a ketamine program that can bring the most benefit while also considering costs of our clients. Our hope is to bring this practice and medicine to as many as possible.
Your package will include the cost of the medicine, a session with a psychiatric nurse practitioner and your ketamine session with a trained ketamine assisted psychotherapy counselor. a medical team will also be on site during your session in the rare case of needing medical attention.
In the future, we will be offering group sessions as a as an option, which will allow us to bring the cost down even more.
Who can Benefit
Our KAP treatment model can help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and other rigid psychological patterns to heal.
Our team will work collaboratively to identify and reach your goals.
During a typical KAP session—prefaced by thorough evaluation and discussions with the coach or provider—a patient will usually lie down in a quiet room and take the prescribed dose of ketamine.
Providers might put on soft music or have patients wear an eye mask to keep the environment as relaxed as possible.
In many cases, the medication will be in the form of a lozenge that dissolves under the tongue and takes about 10 minutes to kick in.
Other methods include a series of injections, depending on the patient, the therapist, and the treatment setting.
Shortly after, patients will start to feel the dissociative effects. For the next 45 minutes or so, with the therapist monitoring, patients explore whatever arises.
According to both providers and patients, these trance-like states that ketamine can produce, relax the walls that often come up when trying to address painful emotions. With these walls down, patients can access these things in a controlled environment without fighting against the mind’s natural defenses.
After the experience, the patient and provider sit together and discuss what came up. Patients can continue to work through their challenges in the weeks following, ketamine included or not.
Notably, patients tend to report few side effects from KAP, aside from those typically expected from psychedelic substances—dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and increased heart rate being the most common.
Many have found that the experience of KAP led to therapeutic breakthroughs at an exponentially faster rate than traditional talk therapy. They’ve uncovered repressed memories, faced previously unbearable emotions, and even found the purpose they have been searching for.
The journeying part of a ketamine session lasts 40-60 mins and is preceded by discussion to develop clear intentions, and a sense of security requires preparation. The insights from the ketamine sessions are then integrated in subsequent sessions. An effective treatment may require 4-12 sessions, depending on the issues, embedded in prep and integration work.
We typically use lozenges, which are easier to administer. Sometimes we use intramuscular administration. We will be offering IV Ketamine infusions soon.
Message from the team:
Angela Melzer and Cristen Malia have completed extensive training for ketamine assisted therapy with the leaders and innovators in the field, Polaris institute located in San Francisco. Polaris Institute are leaders in the field of KAP and have extensive training with MAPS – Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
Rudy completed her training with Integrative Psychiatric Institute (https://psychiatryinstitute.com/)
We are honored to accompany our clients on their path of healing and to support them in moving through and processing pain, grief, unresolved traumas. In this process we witness and foster our clients’ innate capacities to move toward wholeness and greater authenticity.
We recognize our valuable connections with various professional communities, at the local, national, and international levels, in both research and practice. We also acknowledge the importance of our diverse lineages of teachers and mentors who have inspired us to develop our clinical practice and our training program with the values of inclusivity, mindfulness, and compassion, and with great respect for the potential of expanded states of consciousness in healing.
In our work and teaching, we pay homage to the indigenous peoples who were the originators and keepers of shamanic healing traditions for thousands of years that continue to influence us in ways that extend beyond the knowable. And we honor the work of the innovators and leaders
in the field who have beautifully lead the way through these uncharted waters, believing in the benefits of the medicine and relentlessly showing up to prove it to the world.
How to Schedule
Please Call Amanda our office manager and KAP coach at (970) 761-2249 or click here for availability
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Pricing
We understand that Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is expensive and would like to break down the cost for you. We also think it’s important to give you a deeper understanding of why it is expensive and also why it’s a crucial service we are offering.
We have seen people with tough mental health issues like PTSD, Complex trauma, developmental trauma, attachment trauma or treatment-resistant depression spend over $10,000 per year on health costs, therapy, and more. For people who have needed inpatient services, this number triples. For treatment resistant conditions, this cost can feel like a recurring cost that doesn’t go away, even when it’s spent in smaller amounts at a time.
With KAP, many people end up having far fewer sessions and faster results when added to their traditional approaches. One of the biggest reasons why people try KAP is the relief it can provide in just a few sessions, which helps them stop using expensive medications or less regular therapy because of how it helps them work on the underlying causes of their mental health.
Many therapy offices in Colorado charge $1,000 or more for each KAP session without much therapeutic support before or after the journey, or provide IV services without a therapist to help walk you through the journey part of the medicine. We don’t do that, and our rates for Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy are among the lowest in Colorado because we are bundling all the support into our cost. We want you to understand how much Ketamine-assisted therapy actually costs, so here’s a breakdown:
- Ketamine-assisted therapy ethically includes prep and follow up. Meeting with a coach will assure to make sure any questions are answered and you are spiritually, emotionally, and physically ready. These sessions cost $80 each.
- When you meet with a medical provider to get a prescription, you can expect to pay around $250 for the first appointment and $150 for future medical appointments if needed. We have an in-house psychiatric nurse practitioner who works as our team member so you are getting the prescription and doing the medical eval in the same place as you are doing the medicine journey.
- A prescription for the medicine itself typically is around $70.
- Because KAP sessions are about 2 to 3 hours long, they cost $480 per session for the therapist, which is the same price with the therapist as psychotherapy. Research shows that using the Ketamine medicine in conjunction with a therapist is more highly effective than using the medicine by itself. We did not inflate the prices for the therapists time, rather using the regular rate of the therapists.
- We don’t require a certain number of KAP sessions. Most clients should expect to have at least 2 sessions as part of their treatment plan, but recent studies recommend 8-12 sessions for lasting results. We can work with you to space out your appointments in ways that work with your schedule and budget. We are currently working on non-profit organizations who provide financial assistance for KAP, and will be fundraising for an in-house scholarship program to help diversify our population of people who can access this. We are also working on some CPT insurance codes we can use to try for insurance reimbursement for the client.
Why is KAP more expensive than regular Ketamine infusion clinics? We have studied the research and in our training have learned that using a therapist to aid in your medicine journey is crucial for getting the most out of this medicine. Research is finding that many people who are getting ketamine treatment without the support and aid of a psychedelic trained therapist are not getting the maximum benefit out of their experience. Where using a therapist is more expensive, it is also a crucial and ethical practice of using this medicine. We have included integration sessions with the cost of the journey as we see them as intimately connected in the KAP process. We will not allow a KAP session without the integration part. Integration is completed starting immediately after the medicine starts to come down, and also at a later date to process what was experienced and how it can be integrated into your life. We believe the medicine works in 2 ways: the way the ketamine helps the brain physiologically AND ALSO through the Psychedelic experience itself and the wisdom that a Non-Ordinary state of Consciousness (NOSC) can bring healing to you. For this reason, we will not separate the journey from the integration components.
Emerald Integrative Health KAP Pricing:
- Initial KAP session: $960 (Lozenges), $1160 (Intramuscular). This initial price is a whole package and includes the following:
- Up to three hours of a psychedelic certified therapist during the medicine journey (120-180 minutes)
- Up to three hours of medical supervision by a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. (this is the difference in cost from Lozenge to Intramuscular as the latter requires more supervision.)
- One preparation session virtually with a certified coach (60 minutes)
- One follow up session with a certified coach (60 minutes)
- One Integration session with the therapist you completed the journey with (60 minutes)
- The Ketamine medicine (Lozenge or IM)
- Initial Medical Intake if not currently a client at MIM and have not completed a medical intake: $250
- Additional Lozenge KAP sessions after the initial: $800. This includes everything above in the initial except the prep/follow up sessions with the coach. This service is an optional add-on. Please note that this includes a follow up therapy integration session. If you wish to do integration with a trained therapist outside of Emerald Integrative Health, this exception can be granted and the $160 cost will be removed.
- Additional Intramuscular (IM) KAP sessions after the initial: $1000. This includes everything above in the initial except the prep/follow up sessions with the coach. This service is an optional add-on.
- Life Coach for additional prep/follow up or exploration virtually: $80
- Lozenge Package of 3: $1800.
- Lozenge Package of 6: $3480.
- IM Package of 3: $2400
- IM Package of 6: $4680
Packages do not include the additional integration session as we would individualize this for you with how integration is used. For example: you only need one integration session after 2 KAP sessions because you are now doing more self work like journaling or meditation, or your therapist outside of MIM is helping you. To keep it unique for your journey, we have separated those services. Please note integration sessions are still required to do the journeys but we want to individualize it for you at this point. The costs of multiple sessions decrease due to cheaper costs of making and sending the medicine in bulk and less administrative time.
Introducing a breakthrough in mental health treatment. Are you tired of living with the burden of depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions that seem to weigh you down? We understand your struggle and want to offer you a ray of hope. That’s where Ketamine comes in!
Ketamine is an innovative treatment option that has been transforming lives and revolutionizing mental health care. It is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has shown remarkable effectiveness in treating a range of mental health disorders, including major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
What sets Ketamine apart from traditional treatments is its rapid and long-lasting effects. Unlike conventional medications that can take weeks or even months to show results, Ketamine can provide fast relief, often within hours.
Imagine a life where you no longer have to wait anxiously for your medication to start working. With Ketamine, you can experience relief almost immediately, allowing you to regain control of your life and find joy once again.
But how does Ketamine work? Ketamine works by targeting and restoring the balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as glutamate. This helps to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, offering you a new lease on life.
Not only does Ketamine offer rapid relief, but its effects are also long-lasting. Many patients report sustained improvement in their symptoms even after the initial treatment. This means you can enjoy a better quality of life without the constant worry of relapse.
Emerald Integrative Health is now offering IV Ketamine sessions! The initial series of infusions are usually 6-9 sessions that occur over a 3-4 week period. Each session will take about 60-90 minutes to complete. Maintenance doses are usually recommended 4-12 weeks after the initial series.
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