Anxiety Specialist

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Set & Setting

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Beaverton, OR

Anxiety disorders are a common mental health condition that affects more than 40 million adults in the United States. When you struggle with an anxiety disorder, you have intense feelings of fear and worry during non-threatening situations. Your anxiety interferes with your ability to manage your day-to-day responsibilities. If you suffer from anxiety and traditional treatments fail to provide significant relief from your symptoms, Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC, at Set & Setting in Beaverton, Oregon, can help. The psychiatric nurse practitioner offers ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant anxiety. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety refers to your emotional response during stressful situations, causing feelings of fear, unease, and worry. For most people, these feelings resolve once the stressful situation is over. 

However, if you have persistent feelings of fear, worry, or unease over non-stressful or non-threatening situations, then you may have an anxiety disorder. 

What are common types of anxiety disorders?

There are many types of anxiety disorders, each with different triggers and symptoms.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

With GAD, you excessively worry about everyday situations like your health, finances, or work. Your worry may consume hours of your day, making it hard to concentrate on other things. 

Panic disorder

People with a panic disorder have frequent, unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks cause intense feelings of fear that lead to physical symptoms like chest pain, sweating, and shortness of breath. 

Social anxiety disorder

With social anxiety disorder, you experience excessive fear in social situations.


A phobia refers to an extreme fear of objects or situations, such as fear of spiders or heights. 

Can ketamine-assisted psychotherapy help my anxiety?

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) offers many benefits for those struggling with treatment-resistant anxiety. But it’s not right for everyone. Before starting treatment, your provider at Set & Setting conducts a safety screening and evaluation. 

First, you meet with the practice’s prescriber who performs a medical screening, reviewing your medical history and answering all your questions and concerns about treatment. 

Then, you meet with the practice therapist, who spends time learning about you and your hopes and expectations for treatment. Your therapist also talks to you about KAP, including what to expect during treatment. 

You then meet with your therapist once or twice for your “pre-flight” sessions. During these appointments, your therapist helps you explore the potential barriers that might keep you from meeting your goals and mindfully exploring ways to overcome them.

Your therapist also begins the process of intention setting, preparing you for your ketamine experience. You also discuss what method of ketamine administration works best for you: intramuscular injection or oral lozenge.

What can I expect during treatment for my anxiety?

Ketamine treatment for anxiety takes about two hours. During your treatment, you relax in a plush recliner while listening to music.

After your ketamine treatment, you meet with your therapist for a one-hour integration session to discuss your experience and insights and how to incorporate behavioral changes to deepen the benefits of your treatment.

You continue with your KAP treatment until you meet your goals.

Find out more about ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for your anxiety by calling Set & Setting or booking an appointment online today.