*All ketamine prescriptions require a referral from your therapist and an evaluation from the prescribing psychiatrist.
Psychedelic Prep and Integration
Nature-Based Psychedelic Prep & Integration Group:
Learn more about yourself, process trauma and experience deep soul transformation in an outdoor, supportive environment.
Each monthly group meeting is 2 hours long, and is limited to 8 participants. New group members are invited to join every 4 months. Groups work best with committed members, and regular attendance for 4 months is required.
This group is focused on preparing for psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted therapy, as well as integrating your own personal experiences or those you had in therapy through an "eco" lens.
$65 Per Session
2 Hours Each
4 Month Commitment
Targeted treatment for Depression and PTSD
Meets the 2nd Sunday of each month from 3-5pm
What is Psychedelic Therapy?
Psychedelics have been around since the dawn of human consciousness. In fact, some believe that psychedelic plants were an important part of human evolution. Indigenous cultures the world over have used plant medicine to seek spiritual and personal enlightenment, guidance and connection. Essentially, this is nothing new. Early scientific research on using psychedelics in therapy ended in 1970 as the Controlled Substances Act became law. Federal funding ended and the approval process became more restrictive. Beyond federal law, public perception of psychedelic substances shifted as well and interest waned as we began to label all psychedelic drugs as harmful. Politics aside, perception is shifting once again and research has begun anew.
At Wild and Wonderful Life, we are aligned with the perspective that the world is not black and white, rather that everything is helpful or harmful depending on the context. In the context of therapy, psychedelic substances are proving to be safe, effective and life saving for many who have lost hope.
Can I do Psychedelic Assisted Therapy with Psilocybin or other Substances?
The passage of Proposition 122 in Colorado has created a pathway for therapists to legally be able to offer psilocybin (mushroom) assisted therapy by September 2024. Until that time, it is still illegal for a therapist to offer this service. Once the framework for licensing and accountability has been put in place, therapists will be able to demonstrate that they have had the necessary training and apply for the appropriate license. Until then, we cannot offer this service. Working within the law, we are able to offer Ketamine and Cannabis Assisted Psychotherapy.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) & Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy
With over 50 years of medical use, Ketamine has a track record of safety when used with supervision. Commonly known as "Special K," Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that emerged first as a treatment for depression. The current, most probable, understanding of Ketamine’s mode of action is as an NMDA antagonist working through the glutamate neurotransmitter system. At the dosage level we use in a therapy session, clients experience analgesic (numbing), anxiolytic (anxiety reducing), antidepressant, and psychedelic effects. Ketamine also may bring about “transpersonal,” “mystical,” or “out-of-body” experiences that may also facilitate a shift in perspective and emotional state. Clients report feeling joy, peace and connection as well as a transformation of deep emotional experiences. Cannabis does the same, but by activating the endocannabinoid system. We have found through experience that Ketamine provides more of a cushioned experience, while Cannabis can be more activating. It is important to note that each individual's experience is unique, and each session is unique. We humans change from day to day, and so will your experience in therapy.
Ketamine or Cannabis?
It depends! Cannabis is legal in Colorado, and easy to obtain. Some individuals, however, have had negative experiences with Cannabis - or their employment prevents them from using it. Ketamine is available through prescription only. We work with several psychiatrists who prescribe and monitor dose. The process of obtaining a prescription requires an evaluation by one of our prescribers, and usually takes more time compared to visiting a dispensary. Regardless of the substance, experiencing a non-ordinary state of consciousness is transformative.
So what is the process like?
Before beginning psychedelic In a KAP session, we work to create a relationship that you (and your fried nervous system) can trust. We work to build skills that will support you through the hard work of processing past experiences. There is no set time table or expectations, we will move at a speed that is comfortable for you. In session, we focus on the body, tracking sensations and emotions, reconnecting and giving the nervous system space to reorganize. Your therapist may coach you, help you focus, ask you questions, use therapeutic touch, use music or ceremony to help you navigate your internal landscape. Medicine assisted sessions last two hours. We begin with a check-in. Ketamine prescribed by a psychiatrist and self-administered sublingually. Dosage is between 100 and 200mg, and takes 10-15 minutes to dissolve under the tongue. Cannabis is inhaled (edibles usually take too long to begin working) and dose is determined by what you are feeling. We work to help you find your sweet spot. At the end of the session, you may still be feeling the effects of the medicine. We require you to have a ride home after session, for your safety. It's not unusual for clients to continue to process in the hours and days following a session. We encourage you to reflect and stay in touch if you find you need support.
What else do I need to know?
Some experiences may be temporarily disturbing, but you are likely already familiar with that feeling. The medicine experience itself is designed to enable your own healing wisdom to be accessed and beneficial to you. The therapeutic support you will receive will help to make your experiences valuable and understandable to you. Because each person is unique, there is no way to predict the length of treatment, number of treatments, or the outcome of treatment. As you and your therapist get to know one another, they will be able to compare your treatment to other client experiences and make adjustments to the number and duration of treatments. Medicine assisted therapy, like adventure therapy, is experiential.
Your journey will be unique, just like you.
Download our Ketamine Informed Consent document to learn about the risks, requirements and contraindications of Ketamine treatment.