Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Information for Referring Professionals

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy is a new solution to help your patients with their mental health challenges. We are currently offering it for the treatment of depression while anxiety, PTSD, and Substance Use Disorders will be available soon.

At Numinus, we are committed to working closely with you to ensure your patients receive the best possible care and personalized experience that they deserve.

Our Promise

Timely Access

We will contact your patient within 24 hours of receiving a referral.

Safety

Safety is our number one priority. Patients undergo a thorough medical screening with our health care team to ensure the treatment program is a good fit. During treatment, clinical team ensure safety throughout every step of the process. 

Communication

We embrace a shared care model. We are grateful for your ongoing role in your patient’s healing journey and the opportunity to collaborate in service to their wellbeing.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at Numinus

At Numinus, we offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy using sub-anesthetic non-parenteral ketamine combined with an evidence-informed psychotherapeutic protocol. For our Standard Program, this is carried out over a treatment period of approximately 4-6 weeks at our clinics. Throughout this process, the psychotherapy delivered is focused on support, integrating insights, and identifying and reinforcing change as part of the therapeutic process. 

KAP-D Patient Journey

We also offer an Introductory Program for clients who want to try ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for the first time and have well-established access to ongoing community support for counselling therapy, such as a counsellor, MD, psychiatrist, or therapist. The treatment is generally distributed over 1-2 weeks. It offers the same supports as the Standard Program with fewer sessions. Though this program may be beneficial to some, research suggests greater results from a treatment plan involving multiple Ketamine Sessions. 

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FAQs on Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine is an anesthetic and analgesic used widely around the world  that also has antidepressant and psychedelic effects. International research has increasingly demonstrated that the combination of ketamine with or without structured psychotherapy can have benefits for a range of mental health conditions, though research has most commonly focused on depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addictive disorder treatments (Kohtala et al., 2021 and Dore et al., 2019). 

In the Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) approach, the known biological benefits of ketamine combine with it’s psychedelic effects, which act as a catalyst for the psychotherapy sessions by promoting openness to the expansiveness of the mind and enhancing the patient’s ability to meaningfully engage in psychotherapy during the medicine administration (Dore et al. 2019). Psychotherapy is an important part of the patient’s journey, and it should be recommended in combination with psychedelic administration.   

Ketamine has over 50 years of data recorded supporting its safety and efficacy as an anaesthetic agent. The purpose of ketamine, in the context of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, is to facilitate a state of mind that may be highly open to new insights, psychotherapy, and healing. Past research has suggested that this experience can improve many patients’ emotional states and reduce symptoms related to depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While many people appear to benefit from ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, as with other health care interventions that have a proven benefit, not all patients will respond in the same way and not everyone will benefit to the same extent.  

Most common physical effects during treatment include temporary increase in pulse rate and blood pressure, while reported adverse effects most commonly are nausea and headache (Ceban et al., 2021). Medical monitoring and intervention as required by a healthcare professional is an important part of treatment.  

Conditions that may make ketamine-assisted psychotherapy contraindicated include, but are not limited to, a history of psychosis (e.g., hallucinations), mania, cerebrovascular or cardiovascular disease, seizure, and severe liver disease. At present, youth, and pregnant individuals are not eligible for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. The full list of contraindications can be found in the patient referral form. 

Yes. In the ketamine-assisted psychotherapy context, ketamine is approved as an off-label treatment for certain mental health conditions. The ketamine-assisted psychotherapy provided by Numinus is available to adult residents of Canada in jurisdictions where we operate to address treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictive disorder and other mental health conditions.  

Interested in referring a patient?

We’d love to help – please download and fill out our referral form below. Once complete, please fax to 6044235791

Referral Form

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Have questions?

We’d love to help. Contact us with your questions or to arrange a call with our Medical Director, Dr. Neil Barclay. 

Numinus Health: The Drive

Numinus Health: The Drive

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