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Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Offering Ketamine-Assisted-Psychotherapy spaces for therapists interested in KAP therapy who would like to incorporate ketamine into their practice.

The purpose of this webpage is to inform therapists of these options and the process by which ketamine treatments work. We welcome you to reach out to Dr.Sendi and NOVA Health Recovery Ketamine Infusion Center for questions concerning this process, more information, or how you can arrange times for your clients and you to start ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). The number to call direct is 571-999-2118 (Christopher Sendi, M.D.)

NOVA Health Recovery Ketamine Infusion Center Has been treating patients with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and bipolar depression for over seven years, with over 12,000 infusions performed as well as hundreds of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) sessions. We utilize home-based oral and intranasal ketamine therapies for maintenance treatments as well as to help lubricate traditional psychotherapy for office-based therapists.

If you are a therapist looking to incorporate Ketamine and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) into your practice, email NOVA Health Recovery below or at email@christophew134.sg-host.com. Also, you may contact Dr. Sendi by cell/text at 571-999-2118. There is no cost to the therapist to perform KAP therapy on their clients at NOVA Health Recovery:

What is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy?

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is a state-of-the-art treatment for mood disorders. Over 70% of patients who have failed multiple other therapies have improvement or remission with ketamine therapy. Ketamine is safe, effective, and has a low risk of abuse. Psychotherapy, along with psychedelic treatments, not only augments the process but makes the treatment last longer.

If you are a therapist currently working with patients, ketamine therapy can be immediately introduced into your practice to help augment your workflow with patients and increase successful results.

Nova Health Recovery offers therapists the opportunity to guide their patients in the office during the ketamine sessions. Likewise, the patients can benefit from integration sessions later that day or the following day. Even if you have no experience directly with ketamine treatments, Nova Health Recovery can assist you in the treatment process and help you monitor your clients at no cost to you.

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What Conditions Benefit from Ketamine Treatments?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction

What Are KAP Treatments Like?

  • 1 hour infusions 2 – 3 times per week
  • Patients may receive guided therapy by the therapist during the infusion in the same room
  • Or after the infusion in the same room, or later in the day or the next day
  • The accompanying therapy helps establish and enforce
    • psychological flexibility
    • improved coping skills,
    • and better mood.

Ketamine Therapy Key Points

  • Ketamine therapy works rapidly, within days
  • Over 70% of patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression see improvement or remission
  • Ketamine is very safe, and has no major side effects
  • Usually a series of 6 infusions over 2 – 3 weeks
    Infusions last 40 – 45 minutes
  • Psychotherapy improves ketamine therapy outcomes

Workflow to Initiate Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

  • Become familiar with conditions KAP can treat [link back to ‘What Conditions Benefit…]
  • Know what Medical Problems may require medical clearance [list of problems]
  • Discuss Ketamine Therapy with Client
  • Contact Dr. Sendi [Link to Contact]

Patient Intake Process for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Screening
  • Intake
  • Assessment
  • Preparation
  • KAP session
  • Integration (Repeat last three steps)

What's Involved in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy?


Preparation Session

Preparation sessions help determine if the patient is a viable candidate. This session is also intended to establish goals, encourage reflection on intentions for the session, set expectations, and ensure safety.


Ketamine Dosing

Ketamine can be administered intravenously or intramuscularly. The setting should be comfortable and safe. Talk therapy may be done during, immediately after, or the next day, ideally when neuroplasticity is greatest.


Integration Sessions

Integration improves positive outcomes, offers support, makes use of insights, and reinforces concepts of change. It’s an important procedure between ketamine sessions.

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