Before, During and After

We do a lot of work before, during, and after the sessions to help clients articulate and think through their experiences; this work is equal to or more important than the journey itself. Ultimately we see ourselves as providing the right kind of container or environment to encourage change, an environment that is suffused with warmth, attunement and compassion.

Before: Intake interview and Medical Assessment

Before coming to us, you’ll have two intake interviews. First, you’ll meet with an intake professional who will begin the conversation about what you hope to achieve from your session/s and how we will work together to achieve it. This is how we begin the process of getting to know you and to understand your interest and intentions. We will also share more information about our process and services, and answer your questions. If you feel you want to continue beyond this point, you will meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner who will explain how ketamine works physiologically and who will screen you for psychological appropriateness, pre-existing mental health or physical conditions and/or potential adverse reactions to medications you are currently using.

During: Dialogics, Medicine and Sound

The Dialogue. Before your ketamine journey we join you in a “dialogic meeting” to help you lightly conceptualize your goals for the journey. Dialogic work is not a conversation. It is a form of deep inquiry in which two facilitators reflect to each other what they are hearing you say and prompt you to dive more deeply into your desires and needs. Our aim is to help you deepen your intention and understanding of what you hope to get from your sessions in a way that is highly individualized and reflective of your unique experience.

The Medicine. Following the dialogic meeting, you will enter one of our session rooms for your ketamine journey. The ketamine we use is administered through a nasal spray that is compounded in partnership with a New York State-based lab. Nasal administration is unusual but we prefer this method because it is comfortable, easy to use, and most importantly, can be adjusted in strength during a session depending on each person’s needs.

The Sounds (it’s beyond music). At CARDEA we take sound to a whole new level. We create a personally crafted sonic experience for each of our guests, many performed live by our master sound practitioners. Instead of prescribed playlists, we curate soundscapes based on the “Iso Principle” — sequences of music and tones that can modulate someone’s emotional state. Our experienced sound practitioners use bowls, gongs, bells, and other instruments to tune into each person’s real-time preoccupations, moods, and somatic experiences, with the goal of amplifying certain emotional states or providing relief from others. The experience is transformative – akin to having your own personal ambient DJ who is attuned to your therapeutic experience and skilled at plumbing your unique process of self-discovery. It is truly beyond words and no other place in New York offers it.

After: Recovery and Follow-Up

Recovery. Upon completion of your session, as the medicine wears off, you’ll be invited into our “recovery area,” a space crafted for the purpose of restoration and relaxation. We always provide a selection of fresh brewed teas and healthy snacks for this time. We ask that you spend at least an hour with us after your session to ensure a safe and comfortable return to your home.

Follow Up. We follow up with you a few days after your ketamine session by phone, entering a dialogue with you about your experience.

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Further Fund

Our scholarship program, The Furthur Fund, is intended to serve service-oriented professionals positively impacting their communities who are dealing with burnout, stress, trauma, and other difficult emotional experiences. You may be eligible for a scholarship if you are working to help better your community and support others in fields such as: First Responders, Harm Reduction, Social Justice, Therapeutic support, Healthcare, Public Education, Climate Change, Social Services and Community Organizing. You must work for either a non-profit or government organization in order to be eligible.