Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP), also called Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (PAT) and known informally as Psychedelic Therapy, is the professionally supervised use of ketamine as part of psychotherapy programs (known as Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT)).
PAP is a treatment method in which specific pharmacological actions temporally induce modifications in brain functioning and conscious experience. When appropriately mediated, these can be deeply meaningful experiences that elicit specific emotional, cognitive, and behavioral changes. The combination of psychotherapy with psychedelics is an experience with positive long-term mental health consequences.
What is PAP treatment like?
The patient first attends preparatory therapy session where goals and expectations are explored.
A physician prescribes a low dosage of Ketamine; Ketamine temporarily modifies consciousness, including changes in mood and cognition. The patient takes the medication away from the therapy session and records the experiences.
Afterwards, the patient attends integrative therapy, where the psychedelic experience is examined and analyzed.
What should I expect after treatment?
Each of us is unique and each responds differently to both Ketamine and to therapy. As with all therapy at Affirming Therapy Center, the goal is a happier and more fulfilled you.
Note: In the state of California, Ketamine requires a prescription; other psychedelic drugs are not legal, including MDMA (aka Ecstasy and molly), LSD, Mescaline, and DMT. Certain municipalities have moved to decriminalize psilocybin and psilocin such that psilocybin therapy could be provided. If you are unsure, please contact a medical professional and an attorney.
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