An Innovative Ketamine Clinic
Ketamine is a rapid acting antidepressant helping people transform their lives. Founded by a board-certified psychiatrist, and leader in the field, Voyage Healing is expertly equipped to lead you on your journey to wellness.
Why Choose Us
- Owned and operated by a board certified psychiatrist
- Our staff are experts in mental health treatment
- We train other providers in innovative techniques and compassionate care
- We tailor your treatment program to best suit your needs
How Does Ketamine work?
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a Ketamine treatment feel like?
We aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible at Voyage Healing. You will be given eyeshades and headphones and supplied with a curated music playlist for ketamine. Most patients enjoy this experience, but ketamine may feel different to different people. Many describe a floating sensation and a sense of dissociating from their body. Many feel peace and calm. Some may feel euphoria. Others find the experience scary (feeling scared is significantly reduced when one is adequately prepared and in the company of a therapist). Some experience a deep sense of spirituality. One may experience psychedelic phenomena at slightly higher doses, including hallucinations and ego dissolution.
Will I experience side effects during the treatment?
During the ketamine experience, some people feel nausea or dizziness. Using eyeshades can significantly help reduce these symptoms. We can also provide medications as needed to treat nausea. Some people may feel anxious or scared. Preparation and having a therapist present can help one feel safe and soothe anxiety. Occasionally, patients may have a headache. We provide medications that help with mild headaches. During the ketamine treatment, one’s blood pressure and pulse may increase slightly, similar to exercise. For this reason, we monitor your blood pressure and pulse ox.
How does ketamine produce its antidepressant effects?
Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist. There are many complicated changes in brain chemistry when one takes ketamine, and it is postulated that its antidepressant effects may arise from neurons forming new connections. Many believe that during and soon after the ketamine experience, the brain is in a “neuroplastic” state and capable of new learning.
Can I drive home after?
No, it is not safe to drive on the day of ketamine treatment. We require a friend or family member to drive you home for safety reasons.
Can I go back to work after?
It is strongly recommended not to go back to work or make important decisions the same day as your ketamine treatment.