Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

To say that I’m healed, uh, would be to imply that there’s an endpoint. And I think healing is something that we all do, that we’ll all continually do, for the rest of our lives.

– Suleika Jaouad

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in the Bay Area

I am committed to offering innovative and evidence-based approaches to mental health treatment. One of these emerging options is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).

KAP is a therapeutic approach that combines low doses of ketamine, a medication with dissociative and psychedelic effects, with traditional psychotherapy sessions. While ketamine is traditionally used as an anesthetic, research suggests it may offer rapid and sustained relief for various mental health conditions, particularly those resistant to standard treatments.

Conditions KAP may benefit:

  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

How does Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy work?

The exact mechanism of action is still being explored, but Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is thought to work by:

Enhancing neuroplasticity:

Ketamine may promote the growth and connection of brain cells, potentially leading to new pathways and improved mood regulation.

Facilitating emotional processing:

The dissociative effects of ketamine may allow individuals to explore difficult emotions and memories with less fear or resistance.

Heightening self-awareness:

The experience can lead to introspective insights and a deeper understanding of oneself on cognitive, emotional, spiritual and transpersonal dimensions.

KAP shows promise for individuals who haven’t found sufficient relief with traditional therapies.


by Lang Leav

Once when I was running,
from all that haunted me;
to the dark I was succumbing –
to what hurt unbearably.

Searching for the one thing,
that would set my sad soul free.

In time I stumbled upon it,
an inner calm and peace;
and now I am beginning,
to see and to believe,
in who I am becoming –
and all I’ve yet to be.

Is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy right for you?

Contact me so that together we can evaluate your current needs and determine if KAP is right for you. This process includes a discussion of benefits and risk and a referral to a psychiatrist for medical clearance.

Considering KAP is an important decision. Reach out to me to schedule a consultation for more information, including fees, and to determine if KAP could be a valuable addition to your treatment and healing journey.

I have training and experience in providing KAP, including the completion of the 2023 KAT Training with Alchemy Community Therapy Center and the 2023-2024 Polaris KAP Training Cohort.

REQUEST a 20 min free consultation