Ketamine has had rapidly growing research that supports its use in many mental health conditions, particularly those treatment-resistant to typical medications. Psychotherapy (counseling) itself also has ample research proving effectiveness for mental health conditions. We are one of very few clinics in Houston that utilizes both ketamine and psychotherapy in combination to achieve significant improvement in symptoms.
Research repeatedly demonstrates that typical psychiatric medications are most effective when used in combination with therapy. In our experience, therapy in combination with ketamine can be even more effective than with typical medications. Ketamine helps to improve empathy and more easily open up about past traumatic events. Ketamine can sometimes even help access memories hidden in our subconscious. Our clinic focuses on combining the biological aspects with the relational aspect of psychotherapy.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy's (KAP) efficacy has been shown to be very positive in treating disorders like major depressive disorder, PTSD, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more. Ketamine can quickly reduce suicidal ideations. Ketamine works differently than other medications like SSRI, SNRI, antipsychotics, or antiepileptics in that it works on NMDA receptors. Some studies have shown that ketamine-assisted therapy has an efficacy rate of 80-85% in people with treatment-refractory depression.
New research was just published that ketamine therapy may significantly help those addicted to alcohol maintain sobriety.
In our Houston ketamine psychiatric clinic, we utilize ketamine in oral and intramuscular formulations depending on the patient. Our in-office treatment consists of medical monitoring and counseling. Certain medical conditions like uncontrolled hypertension, chronic heart conditions, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, and other medical conditions may prompt referral to ketamine treatment centers that specialize in managing certain combined conditions.
If you are interested in ketamine assisted therapy in Houston, give us a call at 281-849-4080 to set up a consultation to determine if this treatment is right for you.