Ketamine for Depression

Ketamine treatment for depression offers more than just a remedy; it’s a profound journey of personal transformation. It delves deep into the psyche, unraveling false narratives and dissolving the ego.

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Ketamine Therapy: A Transformative Journey for Depression and How It Works

Unlike traditional therapy and antidepressants, ketamine offers a unique experience, capable of reshaping a patient’s psychological landscape. Picture it as fresh snow on a ski slope, erasing old paths and allowing for new ones to be forged. With ketamine therapy, depressive brain pathways can be rerouted towards positivity when integrated with psychotherapy.

Entering a non-ordinary state of consciousness during ketamine therapy enables individuals to peel back layers of self, rediscovering their core essence. Through ego dissolution, they confront and heal from life’s challenges, emerging with a renewed outlook.

At Klarisana, we perceive ketamine therapy to operate on two fronts: biochemical mechanisms and the psychedelic experience. While the exact workings remain partially elusive, a leading theory suggests ketamine blocks NMDA receptors, boosting BDNF levels in the brain. This surge in BDNF fosters new neural connections, uplifting mood.

By combining biochemical processes with altered consciousness, ketamine therapy fosters enduring shifts in perspective, embedding newfound perceptions in the brain’s evolving networks.

How does ketamine therapy for depression work?

At Klarisana, we believe that ketamine therapy works in two ways: through biochemical mechanisms, and equally as important, the psychedelic experience. 

The exact mechanism however, (as with many treatments for mental health) is not totally understood. One of the leading theories is that ketamine blocks the NMDA receptor which causes an increase in a chemical called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). This increase in BDNF causes new synapses (connections) to be created in the brain which in turn improves one’s mood. We theorize that combining these mechanisms with a non-ordinary state of consciousness, ketamine therapy can allow for one’s perspective to be changed and engrained in the newly created brain connections, creating long term change in one’s perception of their life and the world around them.

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Biochemical Mechanisms

  • Ketamine blocks NMDA receptor
  • Increase in BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor)
  • Formation of new synapses in the brain

Psychedelic Experience

  • Non ordinary state of consciousness

Ketamine Therapy Result

  • Potential for significant and lasting transformation in perception and mood
  • Changes perspective
  • Engrains perspective in newly created brain connection
  • Facilitates long-term change in perception of life and the world
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What is the ketamine therapy procedure for depression?

At Klarisana, we recommend an initial series of six intramuscular ketamine sessions paired with Integrations, spaced out over two to four weeks to treat mental health conditions. Each intramuscular session is about one to two hours long. During the Induction Series, patients are treated in a private room with careful monitoring and a personalized dosing plan designed by a dedicated team of medical and behavioral health professionals with augmenting each patient’s healing experience in mind.

We progressively increase the dose of ketamine over the course of the Induction Series sessions to help the patient enter a powerful transpersonal and mystical space known as the Psychotropic Therapeutic Response. The Induction Series is a very dynamic process because who you are in terms of how you see yourself and your relationship with the world changes between each session.

After the Induction Series, patients are recommended to continue their journey by engaging in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with one of our licensed Behavioral Health providers. These sessions consist of a low dose of ketamine being administered during a psychotherapy session. In this slightly dissociated state, patients can process the events of their IM ketamine sessions in a more productive and raw manner than with traditional psychotherapy.

Initial Induction Series

Six intramuscular ketamine sessions over two to four weeks in a private room with personalized dosing, all under close monitoring.

Induction Series Protocol

Gradually increasing ketamine dosage aims to induce the Psychotropic Therapeutic Response, closely monitored throughout.

Post Induction Phase

Transition to Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with licensed Behavioral Health providers for a more productive processing of their therapy.

Continued Support

Ongoing monitoring and tailored guidance by a dedicated team of professionals to ensure safety.

Ketamine treatment for depression near me

Interested in becoming a patient at Klarisana? Check out our locations page to see if there is a treatment center near you. 

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Ketamine therapy redefines depression treatment

At Klarisana, we embrace the idea of breaking the cycle of severe depression with ketamine therapy, whose reduced risk of side effects and addiction allows patients to get rid of long-lasting depression symptomology and enjoy a long-awaited emotional and physical well-being.

Behavioral health services for depression

In case you don’t feel ready to incorporate ketamine into your treatment approach yet, Klarisana works with a wide range of national insurance providers to make behavioral health services a more accessible and viable option for your mental health care journey.

Great experience and great company. I’m so glad that this treatment is available for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression or PTSD…these treatments helped me feel strong enough…

Lura I., Anxiety

… ketamine is the only treatment that gives me true, real, and lasting relief.

May G., Severe Depression

I feel like an actual person again and like I can live my life.

Heather H., Chronic Pain