We provide personal and personalized medicine; taking the time to get to know you to create treatment plans that meet your unique needs. Treatment plans and how we suggest patients engage with ketamine will therefore look different for everyone.
All patients begin by having a consultation with a MPH provider and therapist followed by a ketamine preparation session. Treatment plans typically begin with a period of weekly or bi-weekly ketamine treatment over the period of several weeks. This period is called initiation. Then during maintenance, you will receive a ketamine treatment every four to eight weeks on average. Our treatment team will then suggest other modalities to pair with ketamine that will help you keep these new thought patterns strong and healthy. This process usually takes somewhere between six months to two years.
One of the current theories being explored around how ketamine works centers around the Default Mode Network (DMN) in our brain. The DMN is a collection of brain regions that are connected to each other and are thought to involve internal mental state processes. A ketamine infusion allows the unhealthy neuronal pathways that are constantly “on” in your brain to turn off for a period of time. One can consider all the unhealthy thoughts that continuously occur – such as automatic negative thoughts, obsessive thoughts, anxious thoughts, persistent pain – as unhealthy pathways. When your brain comes back “on-line”, you can then access the more healthy pathways or loops in your brain. Through the process of ketamine therapy your brain will start to grow new connections, re-wire and strengthen the healthy patterns that we are trying to maintain.