Ketamine-assisted therapy combines structured therapy with the medical administration of ketamine. When used in controlled doses, ketamine is a psychoactive substance that can cause altered states of consciousness. Recent research has shown that, when combined with forms of counselling by trained mental health professionals, these psychedelic experiences can enable people to overcome a broad range of mental health challenges, ranging from depression and anxiety to addiction and trauma.
In the context of ketamine-assisted therapy, the opportunity is to harness the openness of this altered state with structured therapy to engage with and process strong emotions that may otherwise be painful or simply difficult to access. Cultivating this emotional awareness with your therapist can then make it possible to ‘reorganize’ core experiences, see important relationships in a new light, and create a coherent and meaningful narrative that supports positive transformation, and coming into balance.
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