Our Approach to Ketamine Assisted Therapy Services
Dr. Hicks incorporates holistic approaches regardless of the primary treatment. This means he will take the time to hear your story and thoroughly assess your health in terms of diet, exercise, sleep, social support, work-life balance, medications, and more. His recommendations may include behavioral change coaching, meditation practices, special diets, laboratory assessments, herbal medicines, medications, or personal growth homework assignments.
Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT), otherwise known as Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), is one of many approaches to using the drug ketamine. While ketamine alone has strong and immediate antidepressant effects, those effects can be short-lived. Our approach is insight-oriented in that we pair the altered state of consciousness that ketamine produces with therapy. This utilizes the neuroplastic effects (meaning the brain is temporarily more flexible and able to make different connections) to change the way we think and feel. This approach is ideally suited for people struggling with multiple forms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health struggles.
This doesn't imply that it is the perfect treatment for everyone. Individual assessment is the best way to determine if it is right for you. Our approach emphasizes preparation, trust in the therapeutic relationship, and integration following the experience.
Here's Dr. Hicks answering the question: What is ketamine therapy?
Working with Dr. Hicks over the past year has been a very rewarding experience. He is a dedicated and compassionate therapist and has created a safe and supportive environment that lends itself to personal growth. In each of my individual and group sessions with Dr. HIcks, he has successfully helped me prepare for and integrate each experience in ways that lead to lasting positive change. I am grateful to work with someone who genuinely “holds space” for me and look forward to additional sessions with Dr. Hicks in the future.