One of the biggest differences between a therapist and a guide is that a guide doesn’t focus on your past in order to see detrimental habits. As a guide I focus on your individual goals and go from there. I’m there to give your subconscious the option of dealing with the emotion or calming the mind and teaching it a new state of being. One where you are allowed to feel your emotions but not let them define you.
The first guided session I offer complimentary to all new ketamine infusion patients of Restorative Health to help new patients feel comfortable in the treatment. The first time I’ll mostly just keep you calm and help you acclimate to the experience. Each treatment after that is $30 on top of the treatment fee. I also offer talk only sessions for $50 for patients that want to discuss what they experienced on ketamine or just to talk with someone they feel comfortable with for self awareness.
I’m there to remind you of your goals and help redirect your mind to a calm space. This helps train your subconscious for self soothing during high stress or “triggering” moments. This leads to healthy processing which then allows you to move forward from the incident instead of feeling stuck.
Patient’s response to ketamine treatments varies from person to person and session to session. There is a standard physiological response as the medicine enters their system and certain nerve receptors are affected. It can lead to a feeling of floating. The visual and audio response is similar to lucid dreaming but with less focus.
Each person comes with different goals and different aspects of life that are important to them. Choosing a guide or a therapist for ketamine treatments is up to the patient. I find that after the first treatment patients have a better understanding of how ketamine affects them. This will give them a better idea of what they can expect to accomplish while in treatment and align that with their personal goals. Also if the guide notices any patterns that need to be discussed in a more lucid manner they will recommend speaking with someone to evaluate properly and come up with a personal plan.
I have always been the kind of person that people could tell anything to and I wouldn’t blink. For those that have had traumatic experiences or do not adhere to the social norm this is very important. I embrace the concept that emotions are physiological. They happen to us regardless. How we respond to them is who we are. I focus on combating our inner dialogue to avoid giving our emotions power over our lives while still fully embracing, experiencing, and processing our emotions. Allowing individuals to have more calm and control. This comes from a natural ability to simplify certain behaviors and thoughts so we can effectively rewrite our own inner mantra.
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider is chaos to the fly.”-Morticia Addams.
Accepting that we create our view of the world around us helps us move away from comparing ourselves to people around us and being authentically ourselves.