The clinicians and guides that assist patients are a major factor in ketamine’s effectiveness. From the first interaction, when a patient is new to ketamine therapy and dealing with a treatment-resistant condition, the clinicians and guides offer reassuring support. They are the human element that people make a connection with during therapy.
When other treatments haven’t led to much improvement, guides and clinicians that provide ketamine therapy can help patients work through past traumas, anxiety and depression. By setting intentions, notating observations during treatment and helping patients reflect on the experience guides enhance the benefits of ketamine. This integrative approach to ketamine therapy has been shown to be highly effective at helping patients alter negative behavior. Adding integration practices before and after the treatment can also extend how long the benefits last.
Our guides and clinicians don’t have to read the many clinical studies that prove ketamine is effective to know it works. They see the transformative benefits every day in the patients they help.
Creating a Connection on a Deeper Level
Taking medications is convenient, but it can only do so much. Ketamine therapy is unlike prescription medications for mental health disorders because of the human aspect that’s involved.
Nicole W. from Columbus, Ohio agrees. “My guide Pam is fantastic and my clinician as well,” she says. “I have had four experiences and have dispelled any fear or doubt I had initially. We connect on a spiritual and emotional level that goes beyond the program.”
The ketamine therapy guide who is present (on zoom) during the treatment is a partner that’s there to assist any way they can. They also learn about the patient in order to help them fully leverage the enhanced neuroplasticity that comes from ketamine therapy. By helping them prepare, encouraging them to set intentions and overall creating a positive setting, the guide is leading the patient in a positive direction.
“I liked having the same guide for most sessions. This made it feel like we had a connection and that they were a little more invested in what was going to happen,” says Kilie C., a Choose Ketamine patient in Colorado.
Building bonds and trust is important to our ketamine therapy guides. They understand that patients are making themselves emotionally vulnerable and opening up during treatment in ways they’ve never done with someone else. The guides respect that openness and do their best to be a positive influence throughout the process.
Creating a Safe Environment That’s Conducive to Healing
Above all else, patient safety is most important. Ketamine therapy is a relatively novel treatment for mental health disorders, but ketamine is very safe. However, because a patient could experience dissociation or have an out-of-body experience it’s recommended to have a guide be there for the first two experiences.
When reviewing Choose Ketamine’s services Mary M. from Las Vegas explained that, “my guide made it easy for me to follow the instructions, and I felt safe knowing someone was checking in on me.” Simply knowing that your guide is there if you need them helps patients relax so that they can fully give in to the therapy.
Our patients also appreciate that our medical teams take the time to ensure the environment is conducive for ketamine therapy. “Lee was very helpful and made sure I understood everything. I felt safe in case I had any issues, which I did not. I appreciated the music suggested and how I got to set intentions before starting,” says Erin D.
Before, during and after treatment your ketamine guide is going to put your safety and wellbeing first. By providing this assurance, ketamine therapy guides are one key to helping improve treatment outcomes.
Creating a Positive Experience Right From the Start
Unfortunately, some people who have sought help for mental health issues were left feeling worse than before starting treatment. For some there’s disappointment that the treatment didn’t provide relief as expected or hoped. For others their interaction with medical professionals and staff was far from comforting. They sometimes face stigma and feel a lack of empathy from caretakers when they don’t respond to treatment.
Liam D. from Lewis, CO told us, “Pam is amazing. Such good energy, positive, encouraging. The kind of person I enjoy being with.” The importance of these positive interactions can’t be understated. Being in the right mindset is vital for ketamine treatments given that neuroplasticity is increased. During this period when the brain is building new connections and adapting to the experience, it helps tremendously to be in a positive frame of mind.
“I enjoyed how genuinely concerned Lee seemed in wanting the best experience for me,” noted another Choose Ketamine patient. “He was an open, helpful and genuine person. Very patient and accommodating.”
At Choose Ketamine our clinicians and guides strive to make every interaction a positive experience right from the start. They understand that patients don’t need more judgment or doubt. What they need is support and reassurance as they face a disorder that is difficult to manage.
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