Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

Currently, Ketamine is the only psychedelic available for therapeutic use in Minnesota. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy combines Ketamine and Psychotherapy to enhance and deepen the therapeutic process, allowing for deeper self relfection and processing.
At IIT, extensive, thoughtful and informed psychotherapy is the most important part of the process. We fully customize our process based on individual needs, and emphasize creativity and collaboration for each individual to develop the best possible treatment plan. 

IIT offers both Oral Ketamine and Intramuscular Injection (IM), which is the most powerful and psychedelic-type of Ketamine treatment.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is a safe and effective tool for those struggling with:

Anxiety

Panic Attacks
Social Anxiety
Post Traumatic Stress
General Anxiety

Mood

Grief
Suicidal Thoughts
Depression
Hopelessness

Life

Unwanted Habits
Loss of purpose
Fear of Death
Trauma

Ketamine

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is the most widely used anesthetic medicine for humans in the world, and is safe for both adults and children in a medical setting. With doses lower than those used for anesthesia, Ketamine produces a "non-ordinary" state of consciousness, much different than our day-to-day experience of "normal" waking consciousness. This experience can be a useful tool for significantly disrupting unhelpful patterns of thought, states of mood and ways of perceiving. In conjunction with psychotherapy, Ketamine may be used to treat a variety of psychological conditions, and help people to get "unstuck" from the struggles by offering a break from normal consciousness, and a psychedelic journey into the mind. Ketamine has also been demonstrated to produce rapid (within hours) and sustained antidepressant actions in people experiencing significant depression.

How does ketamine feel? 

Like other psychedelics, it’s very difficult to describe the Ketamine experience. Some people may feel that their consciousness is away or apart from their body, while others report a deep sense of connection to the "self", the world and to reality itself. Many report that they're able to get a bird's eye view of their life and circumstances, and find new perspective and purpose in the challenges they're facing. It may be felt as an important "break" or interruption to the patterns of daily life. During Ketamine Therapy, your therapist will ensure you feel safe and confident going into the experience and will be with you throughout to process to offer emotional support and guidance in working through whatever comes up for you.

Is ketamine safe? 

Yes. We know so much about Ketamine’s safety because it has been administered to millions of people worldwide. It's regarded as one of the most important medicines by the World Health Organization, largely due to its safety and effectiveness. Often, when children require anesthesia, Ketamine is the medicine of choice by treating physicians. Unlike opioids, Ketamine does not depress the respiratory system which could cause someone to stop breathing. It also does not lower blood pressure, which would be equally as dangerous.

IIT maintains strict medical standards to ensure patient safety even at the sub-anesthetic doses used for Ketamine Therapy. Side effects are very rare and usually mild (ie. some people may experience nausea). Patients are given a thorough medical evaluation to ensure they are appropriate candidates. During the therapy, patients are monitored by medical professionals to immediately address any side effects should they occur.

Due to its established safety and efficacy record, Ketamine is the only psychedelic medicine approved by the FDA.

More questions? 

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What to expect from a typical course of treament

Treatment course is highly tailored to the individual. For reference, a 3 Psychedelic treatment session course may occur over 3–4 months. 

- Phase 1 -

Assessment
We always start with a thorough mental health and diagnostic evaluation with your IIT therapist, followed by an exam with our physician. This ensures that Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is a safe treatment both psychologically and physiologically. We want to learn more about what you’re struggling with and how ketamine can help.

1 Session with Therapist + 1 Session with Physician

- Phase 2 -

Preparation
 We do as many preparation sessions as you need to feel equipped for your medicine experience. Preparation sessions focus on:- building a trusting relationship with your therapist- orienting you towards the psychedelic experience- explore intentions, expectations, and apprehensions- co-create a framework for understanding your psychedelic experience

3 – 4 Sessions

- Phase 3 -

Medicine
In clinic, in a comfortably designed space- eye shades and music playlists to accompany your journey. We typically start with the oral route of administration to determine how each person responds to the Ketamine, and subsequent sessions may be intramuscular injection (IM). Sessions are usually 2 – 3 hours.

2 – 4 Sessions

- Phase 4 -

Integration
Every medicine session will be followed by integration with your IIT therapist. Integration is about watering the seeds that were planted during your treatment session. Integration is about “weaving the mystical with the practical”- bringing the psychedelic lessons and insights into your daily life and co-creating practices that bring you calm. This is usually 1-3 sessions. we then determine together if additional psychedelic treatments are appropriate for you and repeat the medicine and integration process as outlined in your treatment plan. 

2 – 3 Sessions

Modalities of KAP 

Individual therapy

We work with you to co-create a treatment plan in collaboration with your IIT therapist and treating physician. We follow the 4-phase process and provide as much psychotherapy as you need to feel comfortable and prepared for the process. 

Couples, family, and relationship therapy

We meet with you both individually and together, to support you in creating a shared experience for your journey. Focused on strengthening bonds and increasing intimacy. 

Group therapy

We offer various groups, where people are united by a shared lived experience, or a group of people who know each other well (friends, chosen family, etc.). Groups aim to tap into the power of communal experiences. 

Grief therapy

We specialize in helping people to navigate grief and loss, as well as in addressing their own illnesses and fear of death. Psychedelics have been used for millennia in helping people to developa healthy relationshop with their own mortality, as well as in processing the deaths of loved ones.

Religious trauma therapy

We specialize in working with surviviors of religious trauma, including fundamentalist upbringings, cults and those who have experienced other community harm.