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Ketamine Therapy & Mental Health Clinics

At Klarisana, we are dedicated to providing personalized mental health care for individuals who have not found success with traditional treatments. Utilizing innovative psychedelic therapies with different forms of ketamine treatment such as Spravato and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, we help our clients understand and integrate their past experiences to foster true healing. Our safe and proven treatments have empowered thousands of people to overcome their challenges and focus on a brighter future and healthier mindset.

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Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

At Klarisana, we offer Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), a transformative treatment blending ketamine administration with therapeutic techniques. With KAP, our trained therapists guide patients through a profound exploration of their thoughts, emotions, and past experiences. This innovative approach aims to facilitate breakthroughs in therapy, aiding individuals in processing trauma and alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Our sessions are conducted in a supportive and secure environment, ensuring a safe space for personal growth and healing. Choose Klarisana for comprehensive Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy tailored to your individual needs.

Intramuscular Ketamine Therapy (IM Ketamine)

At Klarisana, we offer Intramuscular Ketamine Therapy, a specialized treatment where ketamine is injected into the muscle. This innovative approach is tailored to assist individuals dealing with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Administered under professional supervision, this medicine swiftly impacts the brain, providing rapid relief from symptoms. Our experienced team closely monitors each individual’s response, ensuring personalized care and adjustment of dosage as necessary. Intramuscular Ketamine Therapy at Klarisana is a valuable option for those seeking effective treatment when other methods have not yielded results.

Talk Therapy

At Klarisana, we offer Talk Therapy, a foundational approach to mental health care. Our skilled therapists provide a supportive environment where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through compassionate listening and insightful guidance, Talk Therapy helps clients gain clarity, develop coping strategies, and foster personal growth. Whether you’re navigating life transitions, managing stress, or seeking support for mental health concerns, our Talk Therapy sessions at Klarisana are tailored to meet your unique needs and empower you on your journey towards healing and well-being.

Medication Management

At Klarisana, our dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioners specialize in comprehensive medication management. We expertly evaluate, monitor, prescribe, and adjust psychiatric medications tailored to meet individual mental health needs. Our approach includes conducting detailed assessments, developing personalized treatment plans in collaboration with patients, and closely monitoring medication efficacy and side effects. We are committed to providing thorough patient education to ensure optimized treatment outcomes. Trust us to guide you towards better mental health with our expert medication management services. Please note, these services are currently available only in our Colorado locations.

Our Services
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

At Klarisana, we offer Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), a transformative treatment blending ketamine administration with therapeutic techniques. With KAP, our trained therapists guide patients through a profound exploration of their thoughts, emotions, and past experiences. This innovative approach aims to facilitate breakthroughs in therapy, aiding individuals in processing trauma and alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Our sessions are conducted in a supportive and secure environment, ensuring a safe space for personal growth and healing. Choose Klarisana for comprehensive Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy tailored to your individual needs.

Intramuscular Ketamine Therapy (IM Ketamine)

At Klarisana, we offer Intramuscular Ketamine Therapy, a specialized treatment where ketamine is injected into the muscle. This innovative approach is tailored to assist individuals dealing with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Administered under professional supervision, this medicine swiftly impacts the brain, providing rapid relief from symptoms. Our experienced team closely monitors each individual's response, ensuring personalized care and adjustment of dosage as necessary. Intramuscular Ketamine Therapy at Klarisana is a valuable option for those seeking effective treatment when other methods have not yielded results.

Talk Therapy

At Klarisana, we offer Talk Therapy, a foundational approach to mental health care. Our skilled therapists provide a supportive environment where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through compassionate listening and insightful guidance, Talk Therapy helps clients gain clarity, develop coping strategies, and foster personal growth. Whether you're navigating life transitions, managing stress, or seeking support for mental health concerns, our Talk Therapy sessions at Klarisana are tailored to meet your unique needs and empower you on your journey towards healing and well-being.

Medication Management

At Klarisana, our dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioners specialize in comprehensive medication management. We expertly evaluate, monitor, prescribe, and adjust psychiatric medications tailored to meet individual mental health needs. Our approach includes conducting detailed assessments, developing personalized treatment plans in collaboration with patients, and closely monitoring medication efficacy and side effects. We are committed to providing thorough patient education to ensure optimized treatment outcomes. Trust us to guide you towards better mental health with our expert medication management services. Please note, these services are currently available only in our Colorado locations.

How Our Services Work Together

At Klarisana, we integrate services to provide comprehensive care for our patients. Our Intramuscular Ketamine (IM) sessions manage symptoms and facilitate breakthroughs, followed by Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and integration sessions to help patients incorporate insights into their daily lives. After treatment, we help you set new goals and offer steadfast support through integration sessions or coaching. We also offer maintenance sessions to keep you on track. This integrated approach fosters long-term mental health and well-being by combining post-treatment practices and integration, guided by our Behavioral Health Team.
Discovering Klarisana
Welcome to Klarisana! Our Patient Engagement Team is here to address any questions/ concerns you may have about us and our services. Upon reaching out to us to schedule an appointment, this team will guide you through a complimentary 30-minute patient journey call, where you'll also be assisted in setting up your Medical & Behavioral Health Intakes. If you require additional documents to aid in the clearance process, our Patient Engagement Team is readily available to assist you.
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Before Treatment
At Klarisana, safety is paramount. You will undergo an initial clearance process with our Medical & Behavioral Health Teams to ensure you are medically fit for treatment. They will provide detailed explanations of the process and answer any additional questions you may have about treatment. Once cleared for treatment, you will be subscribed to your “Klarisana Virtual Pocket Guide”. This guide will help prepare you for your upcoming sessions, providing essential "do’s and don’ts" for starting treatment, as well as frequently asked questions and helpful tips.
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During Treatment
Our empathetic team is dedicated to your well-being. Upon arrival at our office, you'll encounter our compassionate staff, ready to assist you in any way possible. Once in one of our private & calming treatment rooms, you will meet your Clinical Team. They will support you through your sessions, addressing any concerns and ensuring your comfort and safety at all times.
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After Treatment
Following treatment, it's an opportune moment to set new goals and embrace your new reality. Klarisana remains a steadfast support system for you. Should you encounter challenges that are difficult to process independently, consider scheduling an integration session or coaching session with our Behavioral Health Team to delve deeper into your healing journey. Utilize your "Klarisana Virtual Pocket Guide" to navigate this paradigm shift.
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Maintenance Sessions
Our induction series has proven to greatly help the majority of our patients, but mental health takes maintenance. Klarisana is here to support you long term and offers maintenance sessions to help keep you on the right track, and serve as a proactive measure if you anticipate upcoming stressors or notice recurring negative thoughts. Additionally, for patients who see us with chronic pain, maintenance sessions are common to manage pain receptors effectively.
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Post-Treatment Practices and Integration
Psychedelic medicine serves as a catalyst for navigating various life experiences. Integration is a crucial aspect of this journey. Integration involves synthesizing the various emotions and aspects of self brought forth by this process, helping you move forward in life as a unified whole. Our Behavioral Health Team can guide you through this process and provide tools such as journaling and gratitude practices to aid in integration.
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Whitney
Whitney
2024-06-14
This place has completely transformed my life. Years of talk therapy can’t compare to what just one session was able to do for me at Klarisana. I did about 8 sessions two years ago, but stopped when there were insurance issues and it was a loss I had to grieve. They have since began accepting my insurance again and I have restarted my treatments. I’ve only completed one so far and I can already tell a difference in my ability to access my repressed emotions and process things I’ve hidden away from myself. Not to mention, the staff is ALWAYS so kind, understanding, and amenable. Klarisana, I owe my quality of life to you. The clarity I’ve gained is immeasurable and I can’t thank you all enough.
Goose McCollum
Goose McCollum
2024-06-09
Ive not done a ton of Google reviews, so this may be a little “TMI” or over-sharing, but Klarisana has been so key to me turning my life around I don’t really care. Also, while this is about Klarisana specifically, it likely bleeds over into an endorsement for Ketamine therapy, and that’s ok too. If you are thinking about doing it, you should… and you should certainly do it at this amazing clinic. First things first, the ease of scheduling, communication, and the natural flow of getting treatment here couldn’t be better. From the first time i approached Klarisana, it was only a week before i was able to come in and do my intake and begin treatment. I’d assume if you are looking for ketamine therapy, you’re likely not wanting to wait long, and their ability to make me a priority encouraged me and took away any jitters I had. Anytime I’ve had to reach out for insurance, making an appointment or getting medical advice, Ive heard back from someone within moments. That counts for a lot with me as my life was so chaotic, but not because Klarisana was taking their time getting back to me! The actual treatments are a dream. The facility is comfy and cozy despite it being so spacious, and it’s nothing to settle into one of the many rooms to begin. Big TV’s with clarity, oversized lazy boys to sink into, and the perfectly kept temperature points to their focus on the smallest details. The staff. THE STAFF… Wow! Ive been going to Klarisana for over a year, and their candor, compassion, and love hasn’t once faltered. Ketamine therapy means you are willing to do the hard work to change your life, and its safe to say you don’t walk in the door put together all that great, but it didn't ever matter with these gentle people. The treatment itself is difficult to put into words… it’s a total trip, but it’s never scary. What happens during sessions is better left for you to experience (and then have difficulty describing) but for me, it’s joy, elation, and gleeful. I felt hope for the first time in forever.
Leo Kantus
Leo Kantus
2024-05-25
Full disclosure: This is under a pen name for mental health privacy, but the review is my experience. I can't put into words how grateful I've been for the help of everyone at Klarisana. I've fought with some deep, long-term depression, and the people here genuinely care. Ketamine can be an intense experience. Based on your thoughts and intentions going in, it can put the mind in a meditative state of absolute peace and freedom where everything can make impossibly perfect sense or absolute distress and explosive chaos of every thought colliding at once in your head. But, as someone who started ketamine to help with struggles that hit a critical point over a years ago and switched to Klarisana from another clinic about six months ago, the team is wonderful. Everyone is supportive and makes a personal investment to help patients find a positive next step--whether recommending therapy and life changes or just sharing empathetic stories of their own fights to find peace. It has helped significantly with extreme bouts of panic and anxiety, sometimes weeks where I couldn't sleep more than an hour or two without being jolted awake by nightmares of work, relationships, and life purpose and palpitations that could last for days. It has helped get focus to dig out of depression in times where I didn't leave my bed or computer for countless hours just feeling the minutes tick away. What I appreciate the most about ketamine as a treatment is that it's been impactful mellowing the symptoms of anxiety without the crippling side effects of SSRIs and SNRIs that all left me feeling like an emotionless, sensationless husk. Most of all, I just appreciate the team there for what they've done in times of absolute distress. They're generally firm about treatment times--three weeks between maintenance appointments due to the doses they give--but have made a few exceptions for me to come back in a bit earlier at the judgment of their head NP, and the one time I had an extremely bad trip (after an extreme panic episode where I didn't sleep for two days and was at a critical moment of constantly looping thoughts fighting the urge to end my life), everyone was right there to help me get myself back together and sit with me to talk, to listen, and help recommend every possible support system and program option to find help. Ketamine isn't a silver bullet for curing mental health, but it's been one of the most helpful tools to help me want to try to take control of my life again. It's not fun writing a review for mental health care, but like I said at the start of this, I can't put into words how grateful I've been for the genuine people here who have done everything they can to help me want to keep trying for another day.
Conor Brantley
Conor Brantley
2024-05-03
The team at Klarisana are great at what they do. They provide the best environment possible to experience what Ketamine treatment has to offer. I cannot recommend them enough!
Sharon English
Sharon English
2024-04-25
We have been clients for a few years. We have always had great services. We were concerned about switching to the IM shots but have been pleasantly surprised how easy it was to switch over. Update 2024…. We continue to have a great experience with Klarisana. My daughter has been with them since around 2017. She feels very comfortable there and we feel ketamine is a huge part of her continued success battling depression. She is a working, functional young adult and ketamine is a large part of her treatment.
Solar Shaun
Solar Shaun
2024-04-11
I was pretty skeptical to be honest. I am now a believer. Ketamine therapy works wonders for general anxiety and panic disorder. I did the 6 session package, and it worked surprisingly well. The results are long lasting, and I'm doing maintenance once every two months. It really does help. So much better than pills that only mask the symptoms. I'm a little loopy right after but I can get back to work an hour or two after the session. The experience is an hour long, and it feels similar to dreaming. It's like a massage for your mind. After the treatment, nothing can bother you. For weeks, the anxiety is gone. Thank you Klarasana.
Paulina De La Mora
Paulina De La Mora
2024-04-05
My experience with Klarisana has been amazing. The staff is extremely kind and caring. They make sure you feel safe, heard, comfortable and tended to at all times. Everyone I’ve interacted with has had a positive impact on my treatment and I can’t thank them enough. I love how flexible and accommodating the schedule is and can only say this therapy and these peoples’ customer service has changed my life for the better in every way. Thanks Klarisana Austin team!!
Clay Lancon
Clay Lancon
2024-01-05
Such a great experience! I really enjoy the atmosphere and the staff is very friendly.
Jessie
Jessie
2023-12-29
I received at least 8 IM ketamine treatments at Klarisana. Their staff is beyond kind. I always felt 150% cared for and accommodated. Anything can happen during a ketamine treatment and anytime I acted oddly they just were unjudgemental and open. The clinical staff has received treatment in order to understand the patient experience. Because of this they anticipate your needs and provide a safe space to go through a bizarre trip. These treatments saved and changed my life. I will forever feel grateful to this clinic and the amazing people that work there.
Carol KD
Carol KD
2023-12-19
Caring, warm, kind... a far cry from the approach and reception, or lack thereof, of Specialty Clinic of Austin, just across Mopac. At Klarisana, even as other patients receive their treatments, when they come in to check on you, they never rush and they sit down to talk as necessary, as if you're the only patient there. Medical professionals at Klarisana actively monitor the video of the individual treatment rooms. When mid-experience I called for help at Specialty Clinic, no one came. Felt very unsupported, just part of the business. Back to a positive note: Klarisana is doing so much right and one can feel welcome and relaxed, so important pre-treatment.
03/27/2024

… I have experienced relief with ketamine on a level that prescription medication has never given me.

- Christine A.
Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Depression, Featured, PTSD
03/6/2024

Klarisana has helped me see life in a new light. My anxiety, depression, and PTSD scores dropped significantly after completing my 6 treatment sessions.

- Toni M.
Anxiety, Depression, Featured, PTSD
02/7/2024

… From the 1st call to the last treatment the staff at Klarisana have been professional, informative, and truly care about your Experience.

I cannot believe the difference Ketamine treatments have made me think and feel. My husband said it’s like living with a new person, and I feel like one.

I am off of all depression meds and am looking forward to positive things happening in my future. I truly believe Ketamine treatments have saved my life.

- Dara T.
Featured, Severe Depression
01/30/2024

… With an open mind, I went in for my first treatment, after almost 30 years of dealing with the most PTSD, depressed, and anxious feelings that you could ever imagine I was taken to a place outside of the realm of reality, and for once felt like the chains of mental health were broken.

- Jonathan W.
Anxiety, Depression, Featured, PTSD

Our Team

At Klarisana, we are proud to introduce a team of highly skilled professionals dedicated to improving the mental well-being of our clients through innovative and compassionate care.

Carl J. Bonnett, MD

Founder / Chief Medical Officer

Courtney Szigetvari, LCSW-S

Director of Behavioral Health

Holly Thrailkill, NP

Medical Provider / Clinical Manager

Carolyn Gubelin, NP

Medical Provider / Clinical Manager

Erica Henston, PMHNP

Behavioral Health Provider

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In-Network Insurance Providers

We work with a variety of insurance companies to provide you with the best coverage options. 

FAQ

Klarisana is not just a clinic, it’s also the fruition of our belief that we can help people who are in a dark season of life realign themselves with the unique mission for which each of them was created. We believe that each person was created for a purpose and has an important mission to fulfill in this lifetime. Chronic pain, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions derail a person’s ability to carry out their mission. We offer ketamine therapy, which represents a totally different paradigm in treatment.

Ketamine elicits changes in the perception of sights, sounds, time, and space. The experience can be described as “psychedelic” but that term is clouded by various characterizations in popular culture which do not accurately describe the experience. Generally, patients do not see things that are not there but they may have dreamlike visions. Many patients use terms like feeling “more connected to the universe.” This gets back to our treatment principle that these alterations are what “show” patients a new way to look at their reality. It is what leads to our axiom that “if you could put the experience into words then talk therapy would have already helped.”

As far as the clinical environment, our rooms are decorated in order to convey sensations of relaxation, tranquility and peacefulness. Rooms have large screen TVs where patients can watch naturescape videos. Some patients choose to use an eye mask and turn off the TV.

Patients receive their IM treatments in privacy while under constant observation during the ketamine session. We use high resolution video monitoring to augment direct observation by our clinical staff. The provider performs an initial evaluation and physical exam and steps out of the room once the IM treatment has started. Most ketamine sessions last about one and a half hours.

While ketamine is generally safe when administered properly, it can have side effects such as dissociation, increased blood pressure, or nausea. We educate patients about potential effects and closely monitor them throughout treatment. Additionally, if patients have a medical or behavioral health condition that may impact treatment outcomes, we make contact with their external providers to better understand if our treatment is the best option for them prior to proceeding.

Ketamine can be administered by a variety of routes. The two that lead to the most predictable dosing and response are intravenous (IV) administration and intramuscular (IM) administration. The Klarisana model is based on intramuscular injections of ketamine. For the first several years of our company history we provided IV ketamine. In 2020 we did a reevaluation of our operations and switched to an IM model. There were several reasons for this.

First off, the goal of treatment with ketamine in our clinics is very different from how ketamine was used in emergency departments (ED) and operating rooms (OR) traditionally. We are using ketamine to facilitate a powerful transformational experience by leveraging a non-ordinary state of consciousness…commonly thought of as a “psychedelic experience.” The doses we use are much less than what would be used in an anesthesia context and the purpose is fundamentally different. In our setting, we refer to it broadly as Ketamine for Non-Anesthetic Indications (KNAI). This is totally different from using the medication as an anesthetic.

One of the first things we realized is that the process of starting an IV can be traumatic. Many of our patients have significant anxiety to start with. Even the best clinicians will miss IVs. Having one or two missed attempts at an IV can really put a patient in a bad mental space.

The other thing is the way in which the ketamine is delivered. With an IV, the pump starts delivering it at a set rate over an hour. The point of maximum intensity where the patient has a profound experience does not occur until well over half way through the session. When they finally have a powerful experience the session is almost over.

Our protocol is to give two IM injections spaced apart by 10-15 minutes. This allows our patients to achieve the desired effect in the first third of their session. They then have much longer to explore that space and have a more constructive experience. Additionally, they also have more time for the medication to wear off prior to being discharged from the clinic. This increases patient comfort and safety as they are in a much clearer mindset when they leave the clinic.

After the switch to an IM model we published a case series of 40 patients with major depressive disorder. The results are very much in line with (and actually better than) the published literature using an IV based model. In 2022 we performed close to 20,000 IM ketamine sessions with a great deal of success and an excellent safety record.

Ketamine treatment is exclusively covered by Medicaid Colorado at Klarisana, but we also work with a number of private insurance programs that cover other Behavioral Health Services. Please visit our insurance coverage page to see an updated list of insurance carriers that we work with.

Klarisana patients are welcome to continue to see our Licensed Mental Health providers for therapy outside of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. However, Klarisana does not manage medications nor do we prescribe them for our patients. We are a healthcare organization that works very hard to perfect the art of administering ketamine for mental health conditions and chronic pain, as well as providing quality mental health care access.

Although in certain locations we do provide mental health services outside of ketamine therapy, we still work closely with psychiatrists and psychologists in our communities to partner with them to offer a valuable treatment option to their patients. Patients without a psychiatrist or psychologist can still access our mental health providers.

The environment in which ketamine is administered and the experience that a patient has is absolutely vital to increasing a patient’s chance of success. This is not the kind of therapy that lends itself to just being an “add-on” revenue stream for a clinic that has an “extra office.” We do it right and we do it effectively. We feel that the role of the psychiatrist in a patient’s care is vital but there is nothing to be gained from having them present during the actual session. Far from trying to replace or compete with local psychiatrists, we strive to be an effective resource that they can have at their disposal to treat their patients.

Frequently asked questions

Why does Klarisana exist?

Klarisana is not just a clinic, it’s also the fruition of our belief that we can help people who are in a dark season of life realign themselves with the unique mission for which each of them was created. We believe that each person was created for a purpose and has an important mission to fulfill in this lifetime. Chronic pain, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions derail a person’s ability to carry out their mission. We offer ketamine therapy, which represents a totally different paradigm in treatment.

What does ketamine therapy feel like?

Ketamine elicits changes in the perception of sights, sounds, time, and space. The experience can be described as “psychedelic” but that term is clouded by various characterizations in popular culture which do not accurately describe the experience. Generally, patients do not see things that are not there but they may have dreamlike visions. Many patients use terms like feeling “more connected to the universe.” This gets back to our treatment principle that these alterations are what “show” patients a new way to look at their reality. It is what leads to our axiom that “if you could put the experience into words then talk therapy would have already helped.”

As far as the clinical environment, our rooms are decorated in order to convey sensations of relaxation, tranquility and peacefulness. Rooms have large screen TVs where patients can watch naturescape videos. Some patients choose to use an eye mask and turn off the TV.

Patients receive their IM treatments in privacy while under constant observation during the ketamine session. We use high resolution video monitoring to augment direct observation by our clinical staff. The provider performs an initial evaluation and physical exam and steps out of the room once the IM treatment has started. Most ketamine sessions last about one and a half hours.

Does Klarisana provide primary mental health services?

Klarisana patients are welcome to continue to see our Licensed Mental Health providers for therapy outside of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. However, Klarisana does not manage medications nor do we prescribe them for our patients. We are a healthcare organization that works very hard to perfect the art of administering ketamine for mental health conditions and chronic pain, as well as providing quality mental health care access.

Although in certain locations we do provide mental health services outside of ketamine therapy, we still work closely with psychiatrists and psychologists in our communities to partner with them to offer a valuable treatment option to their patients. Patients without a psychiatrist or psychologist can still access our mental health providers.

The environment in which ketamine is administered and the experience that a patient has is absolutely vital to increasing a patient's chance of success. This is not the kind of therapy that lends itself to just being an “add-on” revenue stream for a clinic that has an “extra office.” We do it right and we do it effectively. We feel that the role of the psychiatrist in a patient's care is vital but there is nothing to be gained from having them present during the actual session. Far from trying to replace or compete with local psychiatrists, we strive to be an effective resource that they can have at their disposal to treat their patients.

What is the difference between Intramuscular Injection (IM) and Intravenous (IV)?

Ketamine can be administered by a variety of routes. The two that lead to the most predictable dosing and response are intravenous (IV) administration and intramuscular (IM) administration. The Klarisana model is based on intramuscular injections of ketamine. For the first several years of our company history we provided IV ketamine. In 2020 we did a reevaluation of our operations and switched to an IM model. There were several reasons for this.

First off, the goal of treatment with ketamine in our clinics is very different from how ketamine was used in emergency departments (ED) and operating rooms (OR) traditionally. We are using ketamine to facilitate a powerful transformational experience by leveraging a non-ordinary state of consciousness…commonly thought of as a “psychedelic experience.” The doses we use are much less than what would be used in an anesthesia context and the purpose is fundamentally different. In our setting, we refer to it broadly as Ketamine for Non-Anesthetic Indications (KNAI). This is totally different from using the medication as an anesthetic.

One of the first things we realized is that the process of starting an IV can be traumatic. Many of our patients have significant anxiety to start with. Even the best clinicians will miss IVs. Having one or two missed attempts at an IV can really put a patient in a bad mental space.

The other thing is the way in which the ketamine is delivered. With an IV, the pump starts delivering it at a set rate over an hour. The point of maximum intensity where the patient has a profound experience does not occur until well over half way through the session. When they finally have a powerful experience the session is almost over.

Our protocol is to give two IM injections spaced apart by 10-15 minutes. This allows our patients to achieve the desired effect in the first third of their session. They then have much longer to explore that space and have a more constructive experience. Additionally, they also have more time for the medication to wear off prior to being discharged from the clinic. This increases patient comfort and safety as they are in a much clearer mindset when they leave the clinic.

After the switch to an IM model we published a case series of 40 patients with major depressive disorder. The results are very much in line with (and actually better than) the published literature using an IV based model. In 2022 we performed close to 20,000 IM ketamine sessions with a great deal of success and an excellent safety record.

Is ketamine treatment at Klarisana covered by insurance?

Ketamine treatment is exclusively covered by Medicaid Colorado at Klarisana, but we also work with a number of private insurance programs that cover other Behavioral Health Services. Please visit our insurance coverage page to see an updated list of insurance carriers that we work with.

Are there specific risks or side effects related to ketamine use that patients should be aware of?

While ketamine is generally safe when administered properly, it can have side effects such as dissociation, increased blood pressure, or nausea. We educate patients about potential effects and closely monitor them throughout treatment. Additionally, if patients have a medical or behavioral health condition that may impact treatment outcomes, we make contact with their external providers to better understand if our treatment is the best option for them prior to proceeding.

Can ketamine therapy be a frightening experience?

Generally not. Ketamine definitely elicits changes in the perception of sights, sounds, time, and space. We find that carefully explaining what to expect ahead of time alleviates most of the anxiety that might otherwise occur. Also, creating a private, safe and comfortable space helps alleviate any anxiety about the experience.

Klarisana Ketamine Research Studies

Klarisana IM Ketamine Major Depressive Disorder Medicaid Study
Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health
October, 2021
Improvement of Mental Health Symptoms in Response to Ketamine Therapy in Medicaid-Eligible Patients
Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health
June, 2023
Klarisana Ketamine PTSD Study
Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
November, 2019
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A journey begins

The therapeutic properties of ketamine therapy have proven to be incredibly efficient at gradually dissipating the “haze” that’s been preventing patients from seeing themselves for who they truly are.

If you’re finding yourself in a chaotic mental state, it’s time to heal and rebuild. We’ll be alongside you through thick and thin.