Psychotherapy, as a practice, aims to equip you with the tools needed to cope with your emotional response to past and present life challenges.
When memories or situations trigger overwhelming emotions, they can induce anxiety and trigger your defense mechanism. Psychotherapy provides an environment where you can feel safe and work towards changing maladaptive defense mechanisms. However, this can be a fairly slow process.
At Options MD, we have seen how Ketamine-assisted treatment can boost and intensify the results of psychotherapy. This is because Ketamine lowers your default emotional self-defense mechanism. In other words, Ketamine may lower the “walls” you may have made in your mind and this allows for deeper self-reflection during psychotherapy. Ketamine is also thought to stimulate new neurons in the brain, so the effects can be long lasting.
The combination of Ketamine and psychotherapy creates an intensely cathartic experience and gives impetus for change. In this state, a memory or emotion that was previously overwhelming may seem less staggering.