What Happens at Cardea

Why Ketamine?

Ketamine was first developed in the 1960s and is officially classified as a prescription “dissociative” drug used for general anesthesia. In the 1990s it was discovered that subanesthetic doses administered in certain settings could induce profound psychedelic experiences and evoke a gentle lifting of existential burdens. When people enter the dreamlike state ketamine offers, it can free them from their anchors to physical reality. Some say it produces an awareness of a more whole self.

The transformative force of ketamine comes from its ability to help you to open up, whether a little or a lot, giving you the capacity to see the world differently and to think more nimbly. This is why ketamine seems to help with ruminations and other forms of psychological suffering that have a habitual or repetitive element – experiences traditional mental health professionals might diagnose as depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and addiction. It’s also why ketamine can help people look beyond their suffering, leading them into a deeper form of contemplation. As the ancient Buddhists and Ayurvedics knew – and modern research bears this out – becoming unstuck from stubborn thought patterns or reaching moments of awakening happens most readily during states of contemplation.

The Human Element is Everything

The clinical evidence to date indicates that ketamine isn’t very effective on its own (or delivered to your home in a box as some companies are promoting). However, we’ve found that with the right practitioners and amplified by live sound or customized sound sessions, the experience can be multi-dimensional and awakening.

While diverse in our backgrounds, we at CARDEA are aligned around the common principle that transformation and expansiveness happen more quickly and effectively within the care of compassionate people who have been trained to provide the right space for growth. Research consistently shows that the human element is always the most powerful force in change.

Whether you are coming for just one session, a series of sessions, a group experience, or for our ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, you will work with you using our Lascaux Method, a form of care that synthesizes certain elements of psychotherapy, art therapy and vibrational sound work, and can include other creative activities, acupuncture and bodywork.

We offer individual and group ketamine journeys, as well as ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

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