Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy


Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental

health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has

rapidly-acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to

take effect within 1-2 hrs. after treatment and last for up to 2 weeks. It works by

blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors,

which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural

circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to

enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement.

Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, including IV infusion,

intramuscular injection, via nasal spray and using sublingual lozenges. In my

work with Journey Clinical we only use the sublingual lozenge form.

How Does Ketamine Feel?

The effects of ketamine, which most patients find pleasant, last for approximately

45 minutes. These effects can make you feel “far from” your body, and facilitate

shifts in perception that can often feel expansive in nature. Your motor and verbal

abilities will be reduced, so you’ll be lying down in a comfortable position during

the experience. Once these effects subsided, we’ll spend the remainder of our

appointment giving you space to process and discuss your experience. While it

may feel hard to articulate what happened during the experience, patients feel

like the insights gained are none-the-less clear. Studies have shown that the

benefits to mood and neurological growth can last up to two weeks after the

Ketamine experience.

How Does Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Work?

1. Initial consultation with Journey Clinical

You schedule an initial evaluation with a clinician from the Journey Clinical

medical team via zoom. They will go over your medical and psychiatric

history with you, provide education on the treatment and determine if you

are eligible for KAP.

If Journey Clinical’s medical team determines that you are eligible for KAP,

they will develop a personalized Ketamine prescription and outcome

monitoring plan for you.

Journey Clinical’s medical staff will write a ketamine prescription for you,

and a small amount of oral ketamine will be sent to your home, enough for

the first 2 KAP sessions. You will be taught to take your vitals and

self-administer the ketamine lozenges by Journey Clinical’s medical team

in advance of our KAP sessions.

2. Preparation sessions:

Once you receive your ketamine lozenges, we will schedule time together

for our KAP preparation, dosing and integration sessions. Preparation

session(s) will be scheduled just like regular therapy sessions prior to the

KAP dosing session. The goal of a preparation session(s) is to align on

the process and set intentions for our KAP sessions together.

3. KAP Dosing Session:

A typical ketamine dosing session lasts between 1-2 hours and can take

place remotely via telehealth.

During a dosing session, you will self-administer your ketamine lozenge

in your home. You will be in a comfortable, reclining

position wearing an eye mask and listening to calming music. Although a

KAP dosing session may be largely an internal experience, I will be

remotely present with you the entire time to hold space and provide support as


4. Integration Sessions:

After our KAP dosing session, we will meet for multiple integration therapy

sessions to review the memories, thoughts & insights that arose during

your dosing session, and to prepare for the next dosing session.

5. Follow-up consultations with Journey Clinical:

After our first KAP session, Journey Clinical’s medical team schedules

regular follow ups with you to monitor outcomes and prescribe ketamine

lozenge refills, as appropriate. The frequency of follow ups depends on

your unique treatment plan, at a minimum of once per quarter.

Follow-up Consultations with Journey Clinical :

After our first KAP session, Journey Clinical’s medical team schedules regular

follow ups with you to monitor outcomes and prescribe ketamine lozenge refills,

as appropriate. The frequency of follow ups depends on your unique treatment

plan, at a minimum of once per quarter

Group Therapist

Drew Rabidoux Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and Texas. Many of Drew’s clients come in to address past relationship or dating issues or trauma that is impacting being in a new healthy relationship.

Drew is trained in Gestalt, mindfulness, CBT, in which we examine patterns and beliefs and how they are impacting the way you live in the world. In session, Drew focuses on grounding exercises for panic, awareness of thoughts/patterns, homework, and journaling.. This approach supports clients to feel more confident in relationships and with yourself. They will feel more confident to identify unhealthy patterns and address them themselves. Drew is certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and offers it remotely individually or in groups.

Drew's style is active, engaging, warm, humor infused, and goal oriented. . When clients first start therapy, she will establish a strong relationship and work to understand your history and how it impacts your current challenges. After getting to know you, Drew is not a sit and nod therapist. Drew is committed to you living your best life and honoring yourself and your desires. Drew will help you figure out the patterns that are holding you back and will call you out on your stuff. She knows you are going to therapy to improve your life, so she wants to get to work!

Drew has been in the social service field for almost 30 years and participated in a 2 year Clinical fellowship at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy. Previously she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Outside of private practice, she enjoys karaoke, brunch with friends, and trips with her family. Drew is providing virtual counseling for people located in NY and TX and in person in Rochester, NY.

Drew Rabidoux

Drew Rabidoux is a therapist in Rochester, New York specializing in anxiety, women's issues, relationship issues, Women with Genital Herpes, trauma, and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Fridays 1-4pm

New York (Online)

$300 for 180 minute session