While psychedelics for therapeutic healing have only recently come back into western medicine, they are increasingly well supported by research and scientific evidence, and also have a rich history in other cultures dating back thousands of years. Leading research institutions continue to contribute to the growing body of medical literature.
Field Trip’s approach and treatment programs are based on mounting evidence and also honor the rituals and wisdom, passed down through the generations. Being a psychedelic-assisted therapy program means that we have integrated psychedelic medicine with psychotherapy to treat conditions like treatment resistant depression and PTSD.
Psychedelics can be a powerful catalyst for self discovery and healing, and oftentimes, will surface memories, feelings, and thoughts that have been long-buried or that simply enter the consciousness anew. To be able to fully benefit from what surfaces, a structured approach is needed.
This is the primary reason Field Trip Health couples psychotherapy with psychedelics experiences. In doing so, our therapeutic teams will support you in addressing, unpacking, and understanding the thoughts and feelings that come up for you. Psychotherapy provides both a structured way as well as a forum to process these thoughts and feelings so that you can integrate the insights you learn into your everyday life towards deeper healing.
We believe in you and your innate ability to heal. However, that ability is not always accessible due to past experiences, traumas, and learned patterns. Through our treatment program, our aim is always to serve as a support and guide alongside you, with the medicine being a catalyst to open up access to healing that may previously have been less accessible. At all times, we want to empower you as the agent of healing in your life.
We have been very mindful and intentional with every aspect of our program experience: from the design of our health centers towards your feelings of safety and comfort, to the clinical team supporting you. Every step of the way, we want to foster a deep belief in you and empower the steps you are taking in your healing journey.
Your experience with us does not end once you leave our health centers after a session or program. We have designed a specialised Portal that every individual who comes to Field Trip Health gains access to. Your Portal features custom content for additional learning, suggestions and tips on things that may help you in your journey, along with asynchronous chat with your therapeutic team that you can access if you have questions along the way - even when you are at home as well as after your program has been completed.
Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy is conducted at lower doses of ketamine than what has been used safely in anaesthesia for decades. Esketamine, a ketamine-derived drug, was the first FDA-approved drug to treat depression in 35 years. Our therapy uses lower doses of ketamine medication in a safe setting alongside psychotherapy. These lower doses can promote better mental health by disrupting thought patterns or loops that may be preventing progress.
Ketamine interacts with some of your brain’s neurotransmitters. Its effects can include relieving anxiety and pain relief, and acting as an antidepressant. Under medical supervision, lower doses of ketamine can relax your mind and allow you to temporarily disengage from your routine thought patterns. When combined with psychotherapy, studies found it can be helpful in reducing anxiety and depression.
It is difficult to describe how taking ketamine feels because every person may react differently to the experience. You may experience a sense of disconnection—that you are observing your mind and body from outside rather than within. The experience has also been described as “euphoric,” “calming,” and “mystical.”
When used in a supervised setting at low doses, ketamine therapy is quite safe. You will have fully trained health professionals at your side throughout your treatment journey. As with any treatment, there are potential risks and side effects. Before beginning your treatment with Field Trip, you will meet with our medical team to ensure it’s a good fit for you.
Field Trip’s approach to ketamine-assisted therapy is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach that takes the psychedelic qualities of ketamine and utilizes this benefit for healing. As a result, we have carefully designed our spaces promote a feeling of safety and comfort, which is an essential foundation to the self work, exploration, and integration that happens for each person in their experiences and with their therapist. In addition, the ketamine that is provided is dosed taking careful consideration of each individual’s unique mindset, circumstances, and past history in mind. While the ketamine as a medicine will naturally have anti-depressant effects, it is in combination with a cultivated therapeutic relationship and feeling of safety that allows individuals to be able to go deeper into the healing process.IV ketamine clinics take a solely biomedical approach to the use of ketamine and provide treatment of ketamine as a medicine in isolation. There is no additional therapy that is layered on, and the psychedelic properties of ketamine are not taken into account in the healing process. As a result, we find that the need for maintenance doses to be considerably less when paired with our approach.
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