Ketamine is a commonly used medication in our hospitals across Canada for anesthesia, and it has anxiolytic, antidepressant, and psychedelic effects. Its dissociative properties allow you to be disconnected from the typical way you think about and experience your life, which helps you gain new insights into your inner world. Things that were hard or intolerable to understand, feel, or remember become more accessible or clear, making it easier to process and resolve them. Ketamine, when used alongside therapy, has been shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment-resistant depression and substance use disorder.
Ketamine used in this therapeutic setting is experienced differently from person to person. Some people have deep psychedelic experiences, and some people feel their experience of ketamine is mild. Please note that regardless of how you are cognitively registering the experience of ketamine, the medicine and your inner wisdom are working together to move toward healing.
At Upstream, a physician, nurse practitioner and/or nurse will be available to care for you throughout the entire session alongside your therapist to help you prepare and integrate your experiences. Our priority is that you are safe, and you feel supported leading up to, during, and coming out of the session.
Your KAT appointment will be 3 hours long. Current research and our experience is showing maximum benefits are recorded by patients when partaking in 3 consecutive KAT sessions. We highly recommend booking three KAT dates when you submit your application, but can make bookings for a single session available if you so choose.