Ketamine-assisted therapy (KAT) is a type of treatment that combines ketamine (a psychedelic medicine) and psychotherapy. This approach aims to address the root causes of mental health conditions and their impact on neurological conditions, to help facilitate the potential for lasting change in your daily life.
Our team utilizes a multi-dimensional, team-based approach that prioritizes safety and individualizes needs and goals. You are supported by a team that consists of physicians, neurologists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses and registered therapists trained in psychedelic and ketamine-assisted therapy.
Mental Health Conditions:
When experiencing the effects of ketamine in a medical environment, short-term changes in your state of consciousness can help process strong emotions and memories that could otherwise be too painful or difficult to access. This experience may lead to personal breakthroughs by clarifying and helping address the root causes of mental health conditions and their contribution to neurological illness.
Research has also shown that ketamine induces neuroplasticity, which means it increases and strengthens connections in the brain creating a state in which the brain may function more optimally.
The combined effect of the experience of ketamine and the changes induced in the brain, provide the potential to produce lasting change to mental health conditions and their contribution to neurological diagnoses and/or improvement in certain neurological conditions.
Ketamine is a legal medication in Canada that has been used for over 50 years as an anesthetic agent for surgery, and for over 20 years as a treatment for depression. It has been found to be safe when administered by appropriately trained health care practitioners in a safe, medical environment.
Ketamine is a medicine with psychedelic properties. It can affect perception and sensations in the body and mind, sometimes producing sensations of floating or “out-of-body” experiences, relaxation, changes to negative feelings, and dream-like states.
All assessments are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). This means that there is no cost to our clients for evaluations and consultations with our medical team.
If you decide to go forward with treatment, there are costs associated with the treatment sessions; some of these may be covered by private insurance that you may have through your employer.
Please feel free to contact us as we will be happy to answer questions on cost, as well as to help guide you in finding out if your existing insurance may cover this service.
Other than Spravato,® a form of esketamine, ketamine has not been approved by Health Canada or the Food and Drug Administration for any mental health indication. Information on this page is presented for educational purposes only and is not an exhaustive summary of the current state of research relative to psychedelic treatments, their reliability, contraindications, risks, side effects, or other pertinent information. Please refer to the FAQ below and our Educational and Opinion Disclaimer.