The method of working with ketamine used at our clinic is referred to as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). It combines the advantages of psychological treatment (psychotherapy) with the direct biological antidepressant effect of the substance.
The main benefits of KAP are that ketamine catalyses and potentiates psychotherapy, while psychotherapy helps facilitate long-term change, which is something ketamine cannot provide on its own due to the limited duration of its primary antidepressant effect.
Another significant advantage of ketamine is its capacity to produce a psychedelic state, allowing the patients to access and process some of their mental content and inner conflicts (particularly those that are not so readily accessible in everyday consciousness) that may underlie some of their subjective difficulties. This may be why KAP appears to help certain patients who failed to respond to previous therapies.
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 (e.g. the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) at the Centre for Psychedelic Therapies and Research of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the MDMA Therapy Training Program for PTSD (MAPS, USA and Europe), Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (Polaris Insight Center, USA), and the European-based training in psilocybin-assisted therapy for depression (Compass Pathways)). Many have also participated as field workers in the PsyCare harm reduction programme provided by the Czech Psychedelic Society (CZEPS) and in psychedelic research projects at NÚDZ.
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.