Ketamine Treatment and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

KETAMINE TREATMENT AND KETAMINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (KAP) is an innovative, transformative treatment protocol that is being used in therapy clinics across the country to relieve the symptoms of treatment-resistant mental health conditions.

What is Ketamine? Ketamine is a generic dissociative medication that has a 50 year history of safe use as an anesthetic agent in medical procedures. Recently, ketamine has shown to have great promise as an off-label treatment for Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), PTSD, OCD, drug and alcohol addiction, and other psychiatric diagnoses. The doses used in psychiatry are a fraction (10-25%) of the doses used in anesthesia procedures.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) at Wholeness Health.

Wholeness Health is a leading provider of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in Fort Collins and the Northern Colorado area. We are proud to offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in three different routes of administration: sublingual (oral lozenges), IM (intramuscular injection), or IV (intravenous line).

During the initial screening session, our clinicians will determine whether ketamine is appropriate for your condition and will then recommend a specific route of administration and dosing strategy based on your treatment goals and psychiatric history.

(Oral Lozenges)

Offered by Jason Sienknecht

  • 4-8 psychotherapy sessions over 3-4 weeks
  • Sessions last about 2 hours
  • Creates a milder and more gentle experience than the IV or IM method Ketamine lozenges are used to speed psychotherapy
  • A therapist will be present throughout entire session
  • Induces a low dose trance experience for a time out from the ordinary mind
  • Facilitates reduction in defenses and negative thinking but still allows for awareness and communication with your therapist
Ketamine may be the medicine for you if:
  • ‌Prior psychiatric treatments or therapies have been unsuccessful in reducing your symptoms
  • You would like a time out from your ordinary mind and a broadened perspective of your psychological condition
  • You are open to having a spiritual or mystical experience for the purpose of transformation and symptom reduction
Intramuscular Injections (IM)

Offered by Scott Shannon, MD
and Craig Heacock, MD

  • 1-3 sessions over 3 weeks, with the possibility of monthly maintenance treatments
  • Sessions last 1.5-2 hours
  • Dosage is typically moderate-high
  • A psychiatrist meets with you periodically during sessions and monitors your progress
  • Allows for higher dose sessions for the purpose of inducing dissociative, psychedelic, or transformative experiences
Ketamine treatment may not be appropriate if:
  • ‌You are pregnant
  • You have a psychotic disorder
  • You have uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart/liver disease
Intravenous Line (IV)

Offered by Scott Shannon, MD and Craig Heacock, MD

  • ‌1-6 sessions over 3 weeks
  • Sessions last 1-2 hours
  • Allows for low or high dose sessions, depending on treatment goals
  • A psychiatrist monitors your progress and is able to adjust the strength of the ketamine throughout the session, as needed
Appropriateness of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) for individual clients will be determined by Wholeness Health professionals during an initial screening.