March 3, 2020
Ketamine therapy, Sandra Fortson, treatment for depression, treatment for PTSD, treatment for anxiety, wholeness center fort collins

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression and/ or PTSD? 

Are you being treated but nothing seems to help? 

Lots of people reach the limits of conventional psychotherapy. You are not alone.

At the Wholeness Center we are on the cutting edge of innovative mental health strategies that pick up where traditional treatments leave off.

Have you heard of ketamine -assisted psychotherapy?

Sandra Fortson is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in conventional psychotherapy including: dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed care, and is passionate about the possibilities ketamine-assisted psychotherapy brings to the table.

Sandra found it frustrating to see her patients reaching the limits of “talk therapy” and wanted to be able to offer the next level of care as an informed response to their needs.

“I want to break down barriers our mind traps us in.” – Sandra Fortson

Ketamine is similar to a psychedelic drug and was once used as an anesthetic. For years, doctors have acknowledged its value in addressing “treatment resistant” mental conditions.

Talking about psychedelics as a treatment option might cause you to worry but Sandra clears up some questions about ketamine and its use in psychotherapy.

What is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy? What does it do? How does it help?

Sandra: Ketamine literally and figuratively gets you out of your head.  It separates your conscious from your unconscious thinking patterns.

Doctors in our office administer ketamine via oral lozenge, muscular injection or IV. During the treatment, doctors monitor your progress and are able to adjust your dosage as necessary. KAP is a relatively short procedure with a lasting sense of “euphoria” that enhances subsequent psychotherapy sessions. KAP helps your mind to see your situation from a different perspective. 

Who does KAP help? 

Sandra: KAP is most effective for the following conditions when the mind is resistant to treatment:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Obsession 

What does an experience with ketamine feel like? 

Sandra: During a KAP session, you may experience the following:

  • a tingling sensation throughout the body and overall relaxation
  • a trance state, experiencing an expanded sense of self
  • a sense of bliss and connectedness to oneself and possibly a higher power
  • increased empathy, compassion, and warmth
  • confrontation of previously suppressed traumatic material

Please note that some adverse side effects (nausea, vomiting, and agitation) only occur in a small percentage of individuals and rarely lead to discontinuation of treatment.

Overall, KAP is very safe and perfectly legal. We have an extensive and thorough program to determine it is the right treatment for you. Learn more about our Ketamine Comprehensive Assessment Program. 

More about Sandra Fortson:

“Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with populations ranging from the homeless, at-risk youth, deaf and hard-of-hearing, to victims of abuse.

In addition, my experience providing therapy and conducting mental health evaluations for adolescents and adults has fostered my ability to assess, diagnose, and inform treatment planning. Integrating a systems perspective into my work has furthered my ability to best meet the needs of individuals and nurture their development of the tools necessary to overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles in life.”

She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of South Alabama and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University.

Please contact the Wholeness Center if you have questions about ketamine – assisted psychotherapy or ketamine in general. If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer in terms of mental health strategies, please call 970-221-1106 or email info@wholeness.com.