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What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a safe, effective medication that has been proven effective for a variety of mental health disorders and neuropathic pain.
Now Offering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
In Tacoma and Bellevue
Our therapy team, led by Trevor Bidstrup, LMHC, is specially trained and certified to maximize your outcome, combining therapy with the powerful medical benefits of ketamine.
Simply put – Ketamine works. Therapy works. Together, the effectiveness and sustainability of results is even greater.
Most people have developed mental illness out of no fault of their own, yet they can experience tremendous pressure in being responsible for its management and resolution. Ketamine is being described as a “Catalyst for Change”, and therapy is the follow-through. Your therapist will be your ally, your guide, and your personal source of knowledge about the entire process that is about to unfold.
The benefits of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy are being reflected both academically and anecdotally. We are noticing positive results sustained for longer periods of time, confidence to go deeper into the source of suffering, and a felt sense of willingness to fully process difficult emotions while under the compassionate care of a trained professional.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is particularly effective for those who, through a lifetime of experiences, have picked up some of these usual ways of functioning that tend to keep us from experiencing wellness. It is also particularly well-positioned for individuals with complex or difficult to treat PTSD and depression due to the addition of a highly trained mental health professional versed in the intricacies of working with these especially stubborn challenges.
Insurance may pay a portion of treatment through your out of network insurance benefits
Ketamine Can Treat The Following Conditions
Ketamine treatment has been proven effective at reducing or eliminating symptoms in many difficult to treat conditions. It has been called ``the greatest advancement in depression research in 50-years`` by the National Institute of Health.
At Northwest Ketamine Clinics, the medications and protocols do the heavy lifting of our treatments, but the experience you have with our clinics and with our clinicians provides healing of its own. Our hope is for you to feel valued, feel safe, and to know that we are there for you. We are more than a Ketamine clinic. We are a community made up of compassionate professionals who believe in our work and a growing number of patients and families whose lives have been changed through this remarkable treatment. We are the undisputed local leader for ketamine treatment in Seattle and Bellevue. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more.
Depression is the leading cause of disability, worldwide. Ketamine treatment can rapidly, effectively, and safely reduce or eliminate feelings of depression for those who suffer.Learn More
Ketamine infusions have been shown to restore connections within the brain and is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Learn More
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects about 2.2 million American adults. It strikes men and women in roughly equal numbers.Learn More
Ketamine Treatment has been found to allievate the symptoms of anxiety within hours rather than the typical four-to-six weeks.Learn More
Seattle's Top Rated Ketamine Treatment Provider
Ketamine is a remarkable medication. It’s ability to relieve the symptoms of depression and chronic pain is truly remarkable. If other treatments have failed for you, and you are ready to take control of your life again, contact us. We will work with you to see if Ketamine infusions are an option for you. Over 70% of patients improve their functioning and their mood rapidly after beginning treatments. Contact the top provider of Ketamine treatments in Seattle and Bellevue today to schedule your free consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine Treatment
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication first developed in 1962. It is a commonly used medication, and while very potent, is also extremely safe, especially when administered by experienced anesthesia providers. While ketamine is safe, well studied for the treatment of depression and chronic pain, and FDA approved, it’s use as a treatment for depression is considered an “off label” use at this time.
Ketamine’s mechanism of action is completely different from any other antidepressant or pain medications. Just how ketamine is working in the brain to relieve depression and chronic pain conditions is still under investigation.
We do know that it works in the brain on a neurotransmitter called Glutamate. This important neurotransmitter actually helps the brain repair neurons that have been damaged. Ketamine not only gives rapid relief of symptoms of depression in most patients, it also helps repair and regenerate nerve cells over time.
We can often see you within a few days of your call.
It’s not hype. The results are real and are being studied closely by some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world. The National Institute of Health has been studying ketamine as a treatment for depression for nearly 10 years. Researchers at Yale University published the first major study in the year 2000. Since then scientific studies have been conducted around the world including institutions such as Harvard, Oxford University, Mt. Sinai Medical School, and many more. We believe it is only a matter of time until the FDA catches up with the research and recognizes Ketamine for treatment of depression, chronic pain, PTSD, and other problems.
While ketamine can be administered orally, intranasally, intramuscularly, and by other routes, they are not as effective as the intravenous route. When administered by other methods, much of the drug is destroyed by the liver before reaching the brain. Intravenous administration has been scientifically studied much more thoroughly than any other route of administration for treatment of depression and mental health conditions and treatment protocols have been developed through years of meticulous research and thousands of patient experiences. IV ketamine is by far the preferred method of administration to achieve maximum benefit from treatment.
Ketamine, administered by skilled hands, is an extremely safe medication. Short term side effects can typically be resolved during the treatment session with treatment by medications and include small increases in blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting, dizziness, and visual misperceptions. Research over a span of 20 years has not shown any significant long term adverse effects from repeated ketamine infusions. Even at higher doses used in Pain Syndromes, long term side effects are extremely rare.
Research over the past decade has shown that ketamine is helpful to about 70-80% of patients when given at low doses via the intravenous route. These benefits are often remarkable, including up to total resolution of feelings of depression or chronic pain lasting months for some patients. It is reasonable to expect rapid (though not immediate) improvements in functioning and mood. Relief is not typically an instant, “lightning strike” effect, but can be subtle at times. We vow to always work with you to recognize your results and constantly evaluate the effectiveness of ketamine as a treatment for your depression or chronic pain. We want you to succeed, but don’t want to give false hope or continue expensive treatments if you are in the minority of people for whom ketamine does not provide improvement of depression or chronic pain symptoms. We are here to offer help and hope if you are suffering.
We do our best to remove barriers to and make the process of beginning treatment as easy as possible. There are two ways to begin treatment at Northwest Ketamine Clinics.
The first is to get a referral from your doctor or mental health provider (this can be found under the “providers” tab of this website), and a copy of a recent physical or wellness visit.
Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment with our clinic for an assessment and review of your history. You will meet with an experienced ARNP for an intake and assessment. We can help you determine if ketamine is right for you.
Ketamine is not a cure for depression or chronic pain, but is a highly effective and rapid treatment to help manage the symptoms of these debilitating diseases. The effect of a single infusion normally lasts around two weeks. After a typical series of six infusions, some people remain symptom-free for up to three months. We offer booster infusion sessions which can be administered every 4-8 weeks, or more or less often, as needed.
After you complete a medical history and fill out a few simple forms one of our doctorate ARNPs will conduct initial consultation with you. If we determine that you are a good candidate for treatment, you may begin your stabilization series right away.
During your infusion appointment, an IV is placed in your arm or hand. We use a small amount of local anesthetic medication to numb the area, making the IV start virtually painless. Next, monitors are applied to record your vital signs during the treatment. The infusion typically lasts about 45 minutes. Afterward, we will monitor you for 15-30 minutes before you are released to a friend or relative who can safely drive you home. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and may bring a blanket or pillow from home if you wish.
You will be awake during the infusion and able to interact with those around you but often drift off into a dream state during the treatment. It is best to relax quietly or listen to music, talking is discouraged. During the infusion, occasionally people experience nausea, dizziness, or mild hallucinations. If these occur they are typically mild and non-distressing and can usually be resolved quickly during your treatment.
The effects of ketamine wear off quickly once the infusion is stopped, although we ask that you refrain from driving until the day following the infusion.
If nausea is a problem for you, please do not eat solid foods for four to six hours before your appointment.
According to research studies, approximately 60-80% of patients can experience significant improvement in symptoms of depression and chronic pain. Many even experience total resolution of symptoms. We have seen success (at least 50% reduction in feelings of depression or anxiety) in 75-80% of our patients. The onset of this relief typically comes within hours to days of treatment (not weeks as with other medications). Often, patients describe their ability to function more normally returns even before other symptoms are resolved. These effects usually last several weeks but some experience complete relief of depressed symptoms for up to three months. It is recommended that a minimum of 6 treatments be given to ensure maximum benefits.
Very few people would not qualify, medically, for treatment. Uncontrolled high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and some other conditions would require tight medical control before beginning treatment. Patients on a class of medication known as MAOI’s should not take ketamine. Due to a lack of research surrounding ketamine use with people with a history of psychosis, we are unable to offer treatment for this population at this time.