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Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy

We are the first European clinic to offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) as an alternative to other more common treatments for mental disorders.
Our team of world-class professionals warmly welcomes those who might be interested in this specific type of care for their health condition.

WHY KETAMINE?

ESTABLISHED SAFETY​

Ketamine is a medication, which has long been used to induce general anaesthesia (for adults, and, even more frequently, in paediatric surgery, as well as during dental procedures) and to alleviate pain. Ketamine was introduced into clinical practice in the 1960s and its safety has been well established over the intervening 50 plus years.

HIGH EFFECTIVENESS​

Over the last two decades, ketamine has increasingly been accepted, in both the USA and the EU, as an effective option for the treatment of depression. Its efficacy in this indication has been documented in numerous clinical studies, ranging from 30 to 70 % within the week following the administration, depending on the individual study. Moreover, in the recent years, the indications for ketamine treatment have also come to include anxiety disorders, eating disorders. and post-traumatic stress disorder.

RAPID ONSET OF EFFECT​

Ketamine is considered a rapid-acting antidepressant. This means that in up to 50 % of patients who experience an antidepressant response, the antidepressant effect occurs on the day of administration and lasts for an average of about 5 days. Rapid symptom relief has also been observed in other indications and may be an alternative or addition to standard therapy. We work to prolong this effect by means of assisted psychotherapy.

TREATMEN RESISTENT CONDITIONS

The effect of ketamine in the treatment of mental illness has also been documented in people where previous treatment has been shown to be less effective or without any effect. It therefore gives hope to patients who have not experienced a feeling of psychological relief for many years.

KETAMINE IS NOT JUST AN ANAESTHETIC

As an antidepressant, ketamine is used in much lower doses than those used for general anaesthetic purposes, so it does not induce general anaesthesia or cause a loss of consciousness. At this dose level, the effects of ketamine may typically include:

Mild dream-like or dissociative state

Anxiolytic effect (anxiety relief)

Antidepressant and antisuicidal effect

Psychedelic state (expanded state of consciousness)

KETAMINE AND PSYCHOTHERAPY​

PHARMACOLOGICAL EXTENTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY

The method of working with ketamine, as used at our clinic, is referred to as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). It combines the advantages of psychological counselling (psychotherapy) with the direct biological antidepressant effects of the pharmaceutical. This means particularly the direct antidepressant and anxiolytic effect of ketamine. KAP is therefore a pharmacologically-assisted psychotherapy, a de facto extension to psychotherapy and is therefore suitable for a wide range of mental disorders.

Our experience shows that KAP can provide patients who already work in long-term psychotherapy with significant insights that can be used for their further psychotherapeutic work.

STRENGTHENING LONG-TERM CHANGE

In addition to conventional psychotherapy, ketamine allows the experience of an expanded state of consciousness, ie a state of changes in perception, thinking and experience. This state, according to growing scientific research, allows insight and gradual change of dysfunctional psychological mechanisms that are the basis of mental illness.

During treatment, a whole range of emotions and memories, which are less accessible in the normal state of consciousness can be reached. This experience, set in the context of systematic psychotherapy and carefully integrated into everyday life, then forms an ideal way to deepen the treatment process of our clients and make it more effective. Often also for people where previous treatment has proved less effective.

KAP therefore offers an effective way of strengthening the potential of the psychotherapy to facilitate a long-term change, which is something ketamine typically cannot do on its own due to the limited duration.

PSYON: ONE OF THE MOST QUALIFIED TEAMS IN THE WORLD

The cornerstone of the treatment lies in the psychotherapeutic process, which involves the client and our specially trained therapists. We are proud that our therapists are the first specialists in the Czech Republic (and one of the select few hundred worldwide) to have completed official, legal and mostly international training courses in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy:

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research

California Institute of Integral Studies

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Polaris Insight Center

Psilocybin-Assisted therapy for depression

Compass Pathways

MDMA Therapy Training Program for PTSD

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Our therapists accompany the client during the entire course of treatment. Their role is to secure a safe and humane environment, which is essential for the therapeutic process, and to provide professional support so as to maximize the benefits of the therapy for the client.

INDICATIONS

We offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders (social phobias, generalized anxiety disorders, OCD), eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The effectiveness of treatment for individual indications may also vary within the individual story of each of our clients. We will be happy to discuss it with you as part of an examination with our psychiatrist. Relevant scientific publications are available here.

THE EFFECTS OF KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY​

Gaining new perspectives on everyday thinking and reality (including established patterns of thought, behaviour, and perception).

Significant changes in self-image, interpersonal relationships and one’s place in the world.

Positive outlook on difficult situations and challenges in life.

Decreased frequency and/or intensity of negative or obsessive thoughts and negative self-commentary.

Increased motivation for achieving desired lifestyle changes.

Increased self-confidence and self-compassion.

Enhanced ability to deal with difficult situations.

Relief from existential anxiety and potential opening towards an interest in spirituality and further personal growth.

Despite KAP being an effective tool for the treatment of mental illnesses, we would like to emphasize that it is not a cure-all and is not suitable and/or effective for everyone. Every client therefore needs to go through a careful evaluation and indication process before starting KAP. It is our priority that the treatment we provide should always be safe and meaningful for the client.

what our clients says

Petr

April 2021

What did the client expect from the treatment and how was or was the expectation not met? If you are thinking about Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy or are just interested in it, the interview can bring you a lot of interesting information literally first hand.

Pavla

October 2021

Pavla shares part of her journey with KAP, including what her decision to start treatment looked like, how the examinations went, what her concerns were, and how she assessed the overall benefits of treatment after three months.

HOW THE KAP WORKS

INITIAL ONLINE INTERVIEW

The first step is an initial appointment to have you talk with one of our therapists. This appointment is online and the interview usually lasts for up to 25 minutes. During this interview, you will have a chance to ask any questions you might have about KAP. The goal is to learn more about whether KAP might be suitable for you, and to set realistic expectations. This interview is not a medical procedure.

COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC EXAMINATION

For the treatment to be successful, it is necessary that we establish communication with your psychiatrist. Should you need assistance with finding a psychiatrist, please feel free to use our outpatient clinic. Part of the pre-treatment phase is also a psychiatric assessment. In this interview, you will discuss your current condition with one of our psychiatrists and we will further evaluate whether the treatment is advisable for you.

PHYSIOLOGICAL EXAM

The next step is a physiological examination, which will include blood tests and a cardiac exam (EKG, echocardiogram). This is to make sure you don’t have any contraindications for ketamine therapy. This examination can be performed at out clinic by Dr. Kovárník.

KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

KAP is a comprehensive therapeutic procedure, which in total takes approximately 8 hours. It includes several separate sessions that together provide for a balanced therapeutic process. The schedule of these sessions is as follows:

PREPARATORY SESSIONS (2 × 90 minutes)

In these two sessions you will get acquainted with your KAP therapist and learn about the basic elements of the treatment as well as get a chance to discuss your own topics of personal interest. The goal here is to prepare you for what you may encounter in your ketamine experience, including training exercises to develop the necessary skills. The therapist will be able to answer any questions you may have.

KETAMINE SESSION (3–4 hours)

At this session, we will first prepare you for the ketamine experience. During the session itself, you will have both medical supervision and professional therapeutic support, including body work, if requested. At the conclusion of the session, we will be scheduling your integration plan. Both before and after the session, you will be examined by a medical doctor to ensure maximum safety.

INTEGRATION SESSIONS (2 × 50 minutes)

We believe the integration of the ketamine experience, its processing and talking about the impact it has had on how you see yourself in the world are critical to helping you achieve the longer-term changes to your life that you are seeking. Thus, apart from helping you to reflect on your ketamine experience, we will also be trying to pay attention to your everyday life experience. We will be looking for functional mechanisms to assist you with happier living.

PRICING OF OUR SERVICES

Special programs

If you cannot afford the prices listed, please do not hesitate to contact us with details about your situation. We have available certain special programs, funded by donations, that can make the costs more affordable. If you are interested in receiving a donation please specify your interest in the "I'm interested in KAP" form.

VZP, ZP ŠKODA & VOZP

Currently, we are contracted partners of the VZP (111), ZP Škoda (209) and VOZP (201) insurance companies. Clients of other insurance companies are unfortunately still entirely self-payers.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
Clients of VZP/VOZP/ZPŠ*
Selfpayers*
1) INITIAL ONLINE INTERVIEW **
600 CZK
600 CZK
2) COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC EXAM
1 500 CZK
4 500 CZK
3) PHYSIOLOGICAL EXAM
1 800 CZK
1 800 CZK
4a) KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (1 Therapist) ***
7 000 CZK
17 000 CZK
4b) KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (2 Therapists) ***
15 000 CZK
25 000 CZK
TOTAL (1 Therapist)
10 900 CZK
23 900 CZK
TOTAL (2 Therapists)
18 900 CZK
31 900 CZK

* The prices include a foreign language surcharge.   ** Not a medical procedure.   
*** Some of the procedures, which are part of the KAP treatment, are not among those covered by medical insurance.   |   All prices include VAT.

Repeated Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (RKAP)
Clients of VZP/VOZP/ZPŠ*
Selfpayers*
TARGETED EXAMINATION BEFORE RKAP
750 CZK
2 250 CZK
a) REPEATED KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (1 Therapist)
4 750 CZK
12 750 CZK
b) REPEATED KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (2 Therapists)
10 750 CZK
18 750 CZK
TOTAL (1 Therapist)
5 500 CZK
15 000 CZK
TOTAL (2 Therapists)
11 500 CZK
21 000 CZK

* The prices include a foreign language surcharge.   |   All prices include VAT.

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WHO IS BEHIND THE PSYON CLINIC?

Psyon was started by a team of leading researchers and practitioners in the field of mental health, including neuroscientists, physicians and psychologists. The Psyon team includes:

prof. MUDr. Jiří Horáček, Ph.D., FCMA

research at the Czech National Institute of Mental Health (NÚDZ), physician, researcher, and professor at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

MUDr. Tomáš Páleníček, Ph.D.

researcher at NÚDZ, physician, and lecturer at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

MUDr. Martin Brunovský, Ph.D.

head of a research programme at NÚDZ, head physician, researcher, and lecturer at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

MUDr. Filip Tylš, Ph.D.

researcher at NÚDZ, physician, lecturer at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, and psychotherapist

Mgr. et Mgr. Stanislav Milotinský

psychologist at Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital in Prague, psychotherapist, PhD student

Ing. Václav Štrupl

successful businessman, founder of the fund Miton Psychonauts dedicated to the area of mental health

Do you feel that KAP treatment could be for you?
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