Ketamine Assisted Therapy Specialist

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Set & Setting

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Beaverton, OR

Ketamine-assisted therapy is a short-term, customized treatment for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and trauma. Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC, at Set & Setting in Beaverton, Oregon, specializes in ketamine-assisted therapy. The practice provides ketamine to help patients get immediate relief from their mental health symptoms while integrating therapy to improve self-awareness and understanding. Find out more about ketamine-assisted therapy by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP) Q & A

What is ketamine-assisted therapy?

Ketamine-assisted therapy (KAP) combines ketamine administration with psychotherapy to treat depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). KAP is a short-term treatment custom designed to meet your individual needs and goals. 

Set & Setting is the only clinic in the Portland area offering KAP. The goal of KAP is to accelerate and promote improved self-awareness and understanding while helping you get relief from your mental health symptoms.

Am I a candidate for ketamine-assisted therapy?

Set & Setting conducts a medical screening and evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine-assisted therapy. KAP is most useful for patients who fail to get relief from their mental health symptoms with traditional psychiatric medications and therapy. 

First, you meet with the practice’s medical prescriber for your medical screening. The prescriber reviews your medical history and answers all your questions about treatment.

Next, you meet with your therapist, who spends time getting to know you and helping you identify your hopes and expectations from KAP. You and your therapist also create your goals for treatment. 

How does ketamine-assisted therapy work?

Ketamine is a general anesthetic used during surgical procedures. It’s a dissociative anesthetic that works by preventing the reuptake of glutamate by the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. During surgery, these actions block pain sensations and short-term memory formation during the procedure.

For mental health conditions, your provider at Set & Setting gives you a low dose of ketamine as an intramuscular injection or oral lozenge. 

During treatment, the medication stabilizes the activity of the glutamate receptors in your brain, providing immediate relief from your symptoms. It also activates a protein that encourages the growth of new neurons and synapses, creating new pathways of communication in your brain.

With psychotherapy, your therapist helps you make use of these new neural pathways, creating new ways of responding to old hurts.

What can I expect during ketamine-assisted therapy?

Your provider at Set & Setting customizes your KAP treatment plan to match your needs and goals and reviews what you can expect during treatment at your “pre-flight” prep sessions.

Ketamine treatment takes about two hours. During your treatment, you sit in a plush reclining chair while listening to music chosen specifically for you. 

You then meet with your therapist for an hour to discuss your treatment, insights, and the behavioral changes you can make to enhance the benefits. 

To schedule your ketamine-assisted therapy consultation, call Set & Setting or book an appointment online today.