At AyaFusion Wellness Clinic, we focus on the whole person and helping you along your journey to health. We will work to customize a plan just for you.
Randomized controlled trials since 2000 have shown rapid improvement in mood as well as a reduction in suicidality compared to people who were given a placebo or another drug. Ketamine has been increasingly prescribed as an off-label treatment for various chronic treatment-resistant conditions, such as depression, alcohol and other substance dependencies, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other psychiatric diagnoses.
It is uniquely different from other psychotropic medications by its quick onset, often producing transient relief in as soon as a few hours. Ketamine’s dissociative effects allow the mind to “pause” ones habitual and ruminative thinking patterns. This provides a space for creating new ways of feeling and thinking that can facilitate a profound transpersonal experience.
Clinical trials consistently show a 70% success rate with this low dose approach. You may require booster infusions as time passes. These single “booster infusions” are given at varied intervals for the same 40-60 minute duration, but are single infusions rather than in a series.
Please note that Ketamine Therapy is not a standalone treatment. It is best applied as part of a comprehensive recovery or wellness plan. When combined with other treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this can allow some people to rapidly develop new pathways to better regulate their emotions. AyaFusion Wellness works from a patient-centric, highly collaborative care model, designed to lead to the best results for patients.
We will request a referral from your mental health provider; or if you do not have one, you have the option of beginning an assessment phase with our one of our team members before beginning Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Our comprehensive evaluation will include a medical history to ensure ketamine therapy is safe for you.
Your safety is our primary concern. Ketamine infusions are administered in collaboration with your Primary Physician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Licensed Therapist. We collaborate closely with your own mental health provider and require you to have one throughout treatment. From our perspective, collaboration is critical for your over-all mental and physical health.
People who suffer from severe depression and have had no significant improvement with traditional treatments for depression are eligible for ketamine treatment. Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) occurs in 30-40% of people who are prescribed traditional medications like SSRI’s, SNRI’S, Tricyclic Antidepressants and MAOI’s.
For individuals that still experience depression while taking traditional antidepressants, the recommended initial treatment regimen of six low-dose ketamine infusions is administered in an effort to break the cycle.
Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) first called “shell shock” by doctors treating soldiers in World War I who continued experiencing the fear and trauma of battle afterwards. Ketamine was first used in field treatment of injured soldiers during the Vietnam War. In the war in Afghanistan it was noted that soldiers who had been treated with Ketamine for their injuries experienced lower rates of PTSD after their recovery than ones who were not. PTSD is not limited to veterans, police officers and firemen. PTSD can also result from a traumatic event such as surviving a natural disaster or car accident. Increasingly, Complex PTSD is widely recognized in persons experiencing repeated trauma over months and years, rather than a single event. Examples ongoing childhood sexual abuse by a relative, ongoing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, being a prisoner of war, living in an area of war for long periods of time, and ongoing childhood neglect.