Using ketamine infusions as a treatment for depression and other mental health disorders is becoming increasingly popular. However, Aaron Rosenberg, MD, at Rosenberg Medical Clinic in Mequon, Wisconsin, provides an even more effective treatment — ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Combining ketamine with in-depth counseling is a specialized service that offers significantly better outcomes than ketamine or therapy alone. Find out how to benefit from ketamine-assisted psychotherapy by calling Rosenberg Medical Clinic or use the online form to book an appointment today.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy combines the medication ketamine with expert counseling services to treat mental health disorders.
FDA approval of ketamine focuses on its use as an anesthetic, but 50 years of clinical experience has highlighted its potential in treating psychological conditions and chronic pain.
Ketamine works by blocking glutamate — a neurotransmitter in your brain. Glutamate influences many subtypes of receptors in the brain, including those that affect cognition, memory, and learning.
Ketamine blocks a specific type of glutamate receptor called NMDA. It also increases levels of other chemicals that influence your moods, like endorphins, dopamine, and brain neurotrophic factor.
Some health care providers believe that the effects of ketamine are purely pharmacological. They view the changes in thinking and perception that people experience during their treatment as undesirable side effects. Rosenberg Medical Clinic's experts in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy take a different view.
They believe the non-ordinary state of consciousness (NOSC) that ketamine provokes works in harmony with the pharmacological effects to provide optimal healing benefits.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy uses this model to successfully increase the effectiveness of treatment compared to a standard ketamine infusion.
Rosenberg Medical Clinic uses ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to treat conditions such as:
Ketamine is often effective even when other treatments for depression are unsuccessful. Combining ketamine with psychotherapy further enhances the outcomes compared to either treatment alone. That approach can help people with bipolar disorder as well as those with major depressive disorder.
Ketamine may help with PTSD by increasing communication between the impaired parts of your brain, helping to enable the release and processing of traumatic memories. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy also provides a unique break from the chronic hyper-aroused state common to patients with PTSD.
Both generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder respond well to ketamine treatment. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy gives you a break from flawed thinking patterns, and a skilled therapist can help you develop new, healthier thought processes.
Rosenberg Medical Clinic typically asks people to commit to a series of treatments consisting of two-weekly sessions for at least four to six weeks. The staff is completely immunized against COVID-19 and asks that patients also be immunized as this treatment requires that patients and staff be confined in a room together, often for more than an hour.
At your first consultation, you undergo a comprehensive assessment to ensure your suitability for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and an introductory therapy session.
You receive your first dose of ketamine at your next visit. Your therapist stays with you so you can discuss any insights you may have during the session. The effects of ketamine last about an hour, and a complete visit lasts around three hours.
Initially, you get your ketamine dose sublingually (under your tongue), working up to higher doses given by injection into a muscle. At-home maintenance dosing of ketamine with lozenges may also form part of your treatment.
To find out if ketamine-assisted psychotherapy could help you, call Rosenberg Medical Clinic today or book an appointment online.