Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at PNI

Using ketamine in a psychedelic-assisted approach, we treat people 18 years and older who are treatment-resistant or who wish to effectively tackle deep-rooted, unresolved trauma that has not been adequately addressed by other treatment options.

Ketamine is approved for use at high doses as an anesthetic in the operating room. Although not FDA-approved, lower dose “sub-anesthetic” ketamine injections are used “off-label” to treat depression, pain, and other mental health/substance use disorders. 

Our program includes 4 to 6 in-clinic ketamine dosing sessions under clinician supervision integrated with preparatory and integration counseling. By harnessing the potential psychedelic effects of ketamine, we aim to achieve more sustained results with fewer ketamine treatments compared to IV ketamine infusions without accompanying psychotherapy. 

Conditions We Treat with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Patients with the following conditions may be eligible for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP).

  • Major Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • End-of-life existential crisis
  • Palliative care for disease
  • Drug use disorders
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Chronic pain

How Much Does Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Cost?

Counseling and/or doctor visits before and after the psychedelic dosing sessions typically involve standard care and may be billable to insurance. The ketamine psychedelic dosing session, which involves several hours of treatment and monitoring under medical supervision at the clinic, is not currently billable to insurance and out-of-pocket cost is approximately $820 per session.

Treatment Eligibility Requirements

  • All patients must be live in California and be able to come in for an in-person office visit for an initial medical screening.
  • All patients must come into the Santa Monica clinic in-person for their dosing session. Once a week for 6 weeks.
  • If eligible, patients attend preparatory and integration psychotherapy sessions either online or in person as agreed upon by your treatment team.
  • Dosing sessions are conducted in person at our Santa Monica facility.
  • Patients must cover out-of-pocket ketamine cost of approximately $820 per dosing session. Prep and integration sessions are typically covered by insurance. Ketamine is administered as a clinical therapy and is not considered as a clinical trial.

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Clinic Location

Pacific Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) Center
1301 20th St #540, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Map)

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