Depression Specialist

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Set & Setting

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Beaverton, OR

Depression is a mood disorder that causes ongoing symptoms of sadness and loss of interest that make everyday activities feel impossible. Though there are many effective treatments for depression, no single method works for all. At Set & Setting in Beaverton, Oregon, Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC, offers ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression causes severe and persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest. These feelings affect how you think and behave, making it hard for you to engage in normal everyday activities. 

Signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Low mood or energy
  • Ongoing feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

With depression, you experience all or some of these symptoms almost all day for two or more weeks. Though your depression may leave you feeling like nothing can help, there are many effective treatments for depression. 

Can ketamine-assisted psychotherapy help my depression?

Set & Setting finds ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) most helpful for patients with depression who fail to get full relief from their symptoms with traditional psychiatric medications and therapy. 

However, before making any specific recommendations, Set & Setting conducts a medical screening and therapeutic evaluation to determine if you can benefit from ketamine treatment. 

The practice then has you come to the office for your “pre-flight” and intention-setting sessions 

The purpose of the pre-flight sessions are to identify the barriers that might keep you from reaching your goals and exploring ways to overcome these barriers. 

With intention setting, your therapist helps you prepare for what you might experience during your ketamine treatment. 

These pre-treatment sessions help create the right mindset for KAP, making you more self-aware and open-minded and, in turn, improving your response to treatment.

What can I expect during depression treatment?

Your provider at Set & Setting customizes your ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to match your needs and goals. Treatment is short-term and designed to accelerate and promote improved self-awareness and symptom relief.

First, you undergo your ketamine treatment, which takes about two hours. For treatment, you relax in a plush reclining chair and listen to a personally created music playlist, which acts on your heightened senses to help you integrate your experience.

Then, you meet with your therapist for your integration session. During your integration session, you and your therapist discuss your treatment, new insights, and ways to incorporate behavioral changes to prolong the benefits. 

You complete your KAP once you reach your goals. 

Find out more about ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and how it can help your depression by calling Set & Setting or booking a consultation online today.