What is KAP?
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is an integrative and holistic modality with a growing body of evidence supporting its efficacy in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and substance use disorders. It utilizes the rapid antidepressant and psychedelic properties of Ketamine as a tool to reduce symptoms, gain understanding and compassion for ourselves and others. It supports a journey of healing, finding wholeness and connecting with our most authentic selves. This can result in improved relationships and a richer connection with ones own human experience.
Integration is an integral part of a psychedelic journey. It uses various approaches and therapeutic modalities to support the deepening of insights, feelings or experiences gleaned from a psychedelic journey and helps to weave them into daily life. The immediate period of increased neuroplasticity and neurogenesis that follows a ketamine session is a powerful opportunity to reflect, identify and break unhealthy patterns of thinking or behaving and to invite cognitive and behavioral changes that promote a sense of health and wellbeing. This can catalyze lasting changes in how we relate to ourselves and others that can improve quality of life. Integration begins before even taking the medicine with the decision to take that deep dive inward to explore your truest self.
The benefits KAP offers are most suited to individuals who:
... are looking for a root-cause approach to healing rather than "symptom management"
... who feel a sense of readiness and openness to look inward, explore, and be with the parts of themselves that are scary, painful or uncomfortable
... who would like to work on being more open and vulnerable in order to connect more deeply with themselves, their friends and family
... who would like to invite spirituality into their healing journey
Process and Pricing
At Bird's Eye Wellness, we offer a holistic and integrative approach to the treatment of mental illness with Ketamine provided by qualified professionals who have training specific to psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Unfortunately, KAP is not covered by commercial insurance companies and we are unable to take insurance at this time. Our ability to offer reduced cost treatment is dependent on the majority of our clients paying the full rate and may not always be available. We believe in accessibility and make every effort within our means to offer sliding-scale and payment plan options for individuals with significant financial barriers, particularly for those who hold marginalized identities. Please make note of any barriers to accessing treatment in your inquiry.
The most effective and efficient way to express your interest in this treatment is through our . form. Upon receiving your inquiry, we will send an email inviting you to our client portal where you must then complete a brief screening form to assist us in determining whether KAP is a safe treatment option for you.
Once we have received your completed screening form, we will call you for a free, 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your eligibility and next steps, if appropriate. If we both determine that KAP appears to be a safe and appropriate treatment option, we will schedule an in-person 90-minute intake appointment.
This appointment is a comprehensive medical, biopsychosocial assessment and evaluation to confirm eligibility for KAP. It also involves treatment planning, risk reduction, and an opportunity to ask questions about the treatment process. It does not guarantee your eligibility to participate, but we do our best to rule out any disqualifying circumstances or conditions prior to that appointment.
Preparation is an extremely important element leading up to a psychedelic journey. This includes a 50 minute telehealth session focused on how to prepare yourself physically, mentally and spiritually for the experience, preparation guidelines/instructions, what to expect during the medicine experience, tools to navigate that experience, and how to care for yourself following the journey.
KAP sessions are 3 hours long and include a 50 minute integration session within two days following the medicine session. Ketamine is either sublingual or intramuscular in administration, which determines the difference in cost. You will discuss which administration is most appropriate for you in consultation with your provider based on your unique circumstances and goals. The current data supports 4-6 sessions for treatment-resistant depression, which forms the basis of our recommended treatment protocol. With that said, all treatment plans are unique and created individually. Based on symptom presentation, trauma history, medical history, etc., some individuals desire/require fewer or more than 4-6 treatments.