How does the Mood Center approach ketamine-assisted therapy?
What makes our ketamine treatment program superior to other institutions in helping patients to overcome depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, addictions, or chronic pain syndromes? What is the Mood Center’s secret for such a high ketamine success rate?
The human mind begins its adventure on Earth as a soft, malleable piece of clay. As we grow and develop from childhood to adulthood, our minds grow and learn.
Over the years, the soft clay forms into a mature form, containing knowledge and experience, as well as our personalities and habits. As we live our lives, the clay has a tendency to harden in place, with various habits and tendencies becoming a part of our lives.
Unfortunately, not all aspects of our mental functioning contribute to our happiness and ability to achieve success. In order to make changes to our psyche, we may submit ourselves to many years of therapy. We discover that changing our mindset, perspective, and self-harming habits is not an easy task.
Even with the help of a therapist, reshaping the clay of our minds is challenging, and seemingly impossible in some cases. If only it were possible to soften the clay, making it possible once again to start all over, reducing the effects of negative psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, addiction, and pain.
Ketamine infusion therapy is a proven medical treatment that creates a space for the brain to heal.
One of the primary proposed mechanisms by which ketamine achieves this goal is through neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is a form of physical brain healing.
Dendrites are the structures that connect one neuron to many other neurons, in order to facilitate communication throughout the brain. Ketamine promotes dendritic growth, making new connections and improved communication throughout the central nervous system possible.
Does neurogenesis automatically lead to positive change? The clay analogy helps us to understand the answer to this question.
Making a piece of clay soft again, so it can be reshaped, is not enough. If we soften the clay in the wrong setting, and then send it out into the world to be shaped without expert guidance, there is no guarantee that our clay will be shaped into a beautiful sculpture.
As you can imagine, ketamine therapy should be administered in a setting that promotes peaceful healing with the guidance of experienced, expert therapists. Ketamine-assisted therapy, or ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, is the process of combining ketamine treatment with integration therapy and traditional talk therapy to guide the patient towards a state of optimal healing.
Many aspects of the ketamine setting contribute to the patient’s success.
It is critical that from the moment the patient walks through the door, and throughout the treatment process, that there is attention given to every detail. Every component of the treatment environment, when optimized for brain healing, will contribute to promoting the best possible outcome.
The staff must be comforting, caring, and empathetic, listening to the patient and understanding their needs. Every detail is important, including soothing sounds, soft music, calming colors, comfortable, supportive chairs, and the soothing nature of subdued lighting in every room.
Ketamine is a medication that promotes healing from mental health conditions. However, the healing process works best in an environment that is not only clinical, but also spiritually transcendent, combining a well-designed facility with skilled and accomplished ketamine therapists, prepared to facilitate the process of restorative, healthful therapy.
The integration therapist guides the patient in gaining an understanding of their ketamine experience, and how it can be used to improve their relationship with the world in the context of their individual life. Traditional talk therapy guides the process further, with huge leaps of progress, made possible by the combination of ketamine infusion treatments and psychotherapy.
Imagine laying in a luxurious zero gravity reclining chair. High-tech headphones remove the noise of the outside world, leaving only the sounds of calming, soothing music. You can choose to close your eyes, or keep your eyes open in the soft, dimmed light.
Shaping the architecture of the mind becomes possible, during and after ketamine therapy.
Your body and head are supported by soft pillows as needed. Plush blankets are available to provide warmth and comfort. While you enjoy the regenerative floating sensation of ketamine, your vital signs are continuously monitored by a team of highly trained medical professionals.
If your mind were a soft piece of clay, waiting to be reshaped and healed, would you place it in the hands of inexperienced children, or would you want it handled by Michelangelo? Our goal is to continuously strive to make the Mood Center the ultimate mind-sculpting mecca, where we attend to every detail with care and precision.
In addition to our flagship IV ketamine infusion therapy, we also offer the FDA-approved Spravato nasal spray treatment. Spravato contains esketamine, a specific form of ketamine. It is covered by health insurance plans for treatment-resistant depression.
Additionally, for patients attending the Mood Center for depression treatment, we also offer transcranial magnetic therapy, or TMS. TMS uses a magnetic field to generate a gentle healing electric current at specific regions of the brain.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can work synergistically with ketamine therapy to further improve results.
TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for depression. It can be provided as a stand-alone therapy, or in conjunction with ketamine.
TMS, like ketamine, works best when given in a series of multiple treatments. The patient progressively improves, with uncomfortable symptoms gradually dissolving away with each treatment.
The Mood Center recognizes the importance of restoring the architecture of the mind through medical treatment with spiritual and emotional therapeutic support. Our program is designed to provide optimal results with the greatest possible degree of reassurance and comfort.
Ketamine plus therapy: a proven combination.
Ketamine is a medical tool that has stood the test of time, for over five decades. It is recognized as one of the safest, and most effective treatments for mental health conditions and chronic pain syndromes. However, ketamine by itself is not enough to achieve the best possible results.
Combining ketamine with expert therapy, provided by trained ketamine specialists, well versed in the science and art of neurogenesis-assisted therapy, offers the best path to unsurpassed, optimal healing. At the Mood Center, our goal is for you to feel better, with less pain, less depression and anxiety, fewer intrusive thoughts and repetitive thoughts. Our unique approach to ketamine-assisted therapy makes positive change, and a better life, a real possibility for our patients.