If you have severe depression and standard treatments aren't helping, there's hope in the form of ketamine therapy. This cutting edge approach to treating mental health disorders is now available at Balanced Mental Wellness in Englewood, Colorado. Chelsie Monroe, PMHNP-BC, Sarah Stalder, PMHNP-BC, and the team provide a unique ketamine therapy package that includes before and after integration work. Call Balanced Mental Wellness to find out more about ketamine for depression or book an appointment online today.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication hailed for its pain-relieving properties. More recently, its usefulness for treating mental health conditions has come to light. Ketamine affects your brain in three ways:
Neuroplasticity refers to your brain’s ability to change and form new connections (synapses), which makes it possible to change dysfunctional thought processes and behaviors and learn new skills. Ketamine therapy significantly increases the levels of a hormone that can reverse synapse losses in your brain caused by depression.
The default mode network is the part of your brain responsible for the obsessive negative thoughts typical of chronic depression. Ketamine unsticks the network and allows you to feel hope.
Glutamate is a type of brain chemical called a neurotransmitter. In people with depression, it can be present at such high levels that it causes inflammation and excitotoxicity (nerve damage). Ketamine prevents your brain from causing high levels of glutamate.
Ketamine Therapy can provide fast-acting treatment for treatment-resistant depression. It's also proving promising as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When done in conjunction with ketamine-assisted therapy, the results are longer lasting. Ketamine Therapy assists in clients coming home to themselves and developing their own inner healing intelligence to create long-lasting changes in their lives. The medicine, in conjunction with supportive therapy, can assist someone who is feeling “stuck” in their current lives.
Ketamine Therapy is one of the safest ways to introduce ketamine into your body when treating mental health problems.
An intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) infusion of ketamine is the most effective, with studies showing that a remarkable 70% of patients with treatment-resistant depression experience a significant improvement in their symptoms.
Intramuscular (IM) ketamine injections are available for patients who aren’t suitable for IV infusion. However, the team doesn’t use the SPRAVATO® esketamine nasal spray because it's the least reliable method of providing a standardized dose and ketamine experience.
The Balanced Mental Wellness team provides a holistic experience. It starts with a meeting with the team where they create an individualized treatment plan for you. They also use evidence-based integration work before and after your treatments that help you optimize the effects of Ketamine Therapy.
Your Ketamine Therapy program consists of three stages:
This involves a screening, evaluation, meeting the team, setting goals/intentions, creating an individualized treatment plan, and a schedule of ketamine treatments (1 hour).
These are usually two sessions per week for three weeks. At each appointment, clients meet with the whole team, review the treatment plan, receive ketamine, and have integration/therapy opportunities afterward (about 2-2.5 hours each visit).
After Ketamine Therapy sessions are complete, there are voluntary group therapy offerings, individual integration sessions, maintenance treatments every 3-12 months, and meeting with the whole team to review goals.
Unlike many practices, where you receive your treatment alongside other patients, Balanced Mental Wellness delivers Ketamine Therapy sessions in private rooms. This provides you with the privacy you need to focus on your experience and ensures you receive compassionate, one-on-one care.
Ketamine Therapy can provoke a dissociative experience, making you feel detached and distorting your senses. These feelings can be disorienting, and they might also cause some of your psychological issues to surface.
At Balanced Mental Wellness, you have the advantage of being with a trusted guide who ensures your experience is relaxing and safe. You will be medically and therapeutically monitored throughout the process and given one-on-one time for integration of your experience with a therapist. The team also aims to maximize your time by offering a package for Ketamine Therapy services that includes integration as well as group therapies. This is how Balanced Mental Wellness stands out from its competitors. The goal is to provide an individualized approach with voluntary therapy alongside ketamine therapy. This is the most evidence-based approach to receiving ketamine treatment and provides longer-lasting results than just ketamine itself.
To find out more about the ways Ketamine Therapy could help you, call Balanced Mental Wellness today or book an appointment online.