WHAT IS PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Psychedelic therapy refers to the therapeutic use of psychedelic molecules like ketamine, psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA. Studies have shown that when taken in a safe environment with therapeutic support, psychedelics can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety after only a few hours. In psychedelic therapy, the participant must first undergo a medical and psychiatric intake to ensure the experience will be the right option for them. Next, the psychiatric team prepares them for the experience beforehand, discussing what to expect and how to ease their mindset leading up to it.
With ketamine-assisted therapy, on the day of treatment, a medical professional administers the psychedelic intravenously, intramuscularly, or orally while the participant lays down with an eye mask and listens to music. A guide, known as an integrator, provides breathing techniques and reassurance if adverse effects should arise. The dosing session is followed by an integration session to recount their experience, describe their feelings during and after, talk through lingering questions, and glean key insights or takeaways.
To learn more, read A Complete Guide to Psychedelic Therapy.
WHAT IS KETAMINE TREATMENT?
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that elicits psychedelic-like effects. It can be used as an alternative treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders. At certain doses, similar to traditional psychedelics, ketamine allows one to experience different planes of consciousness.
ISN’T KETAMINE DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE?
While ketamine has been used safely since the 1960s for pain and anesthesia, just like any psychoactive medicine, it can be misused, especially at lower doses and in recreational settings. However, when ketamine is administered by a medical professional in a clinical setting with proper education and support, the likelihood of addiction is low.
Read Myths About Ketamine to learn more.
HOW MUCH DOES KETAMINE TREATMENT COST?
Nushama’s ketamine-assisted therapy program costs $4,500 for individuals which includes:
- An initial medical and psychiatric assessment
- Six ketamine infusions (plus a seventh if needed)
- A pre-infusion preparation session
- Integration sessions immediately following the infusion
- Follow-up calls to monitor progress
- Nushama also offers 35% discount rates for first responders and veterans. To inquire about scholarships, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on pricing, read Paying for Psychedelic Therapy.
ARE KETAMINE TREATMENTS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Insurance coverage is not available for the use of ketamine for mental health conditions. Hopefully, with more evidence of its efficacy we will see a change in policy in the coming years.
DOES NUSHAMA HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?
Yes. The total cost can be split into 3 payments.
DOES NUSHAMA WORK OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK?
Currently, our ketamine treatment centers are based in Midtown New York.
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IS THIS TREATMENT LEGAL?
Ketamine is FDA approved as an anesthetic which is why its use for pain treatment can sometimes be covered by insurance. The S-form of ketamine was approved in 2019 to treat depression as a nasal spray called Spravato®. Nushama uses the R-form of ketamine which is legal to prescribe, however it is not FDA approved and considered “off-label”. According to WebMD, over 20% of US prescriptions are for off-label therapies.
HOW EFFECTIVE ARE KETAMINE TREATMENTS?
There is a lot of mounting evidence that ketamine can be effective in the treatment of many psychiatric conditions, however each person is different and may respond differently. Ketamine treatments are most effective when coupled with any number of therapeutic modalities including traditional psychotherapy, integration coaching, movement modalities, meditation practices, and personal reflection.
See the ketamine section, “WHERE CAN I READ THE RELEVANT STUDIES, TRIALS, AND DATA?”.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?
Please call us at (646) 394-9996 to notify us of any changes or cancellations. We require a minimum 24 hour notice to cancel or change any appointment. It is important that you plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
To learn more, please review our cancellation policy.