Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about how we monitor our Ketamine Infusion therapy or maybe you have a general question about mental health.
The answers to those questions and more can be found below. If there is a question that isn’t answered below, please reach out directly.

General Questions:

No, we offer a 7-week manualized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program to people of all ages over 6 with or without a mental health diagnosis.

Our evidence-based therapy helps individuals develop healthy thought patterns and coping skills that are intended for use throughout their lifetime. We also provide nutritional assessments as well as counseling on how to repair the body + mind via IV + oral supplements and proper diet + exercise. 

Our treatment is designed to be completed within a 7–8-week timeframe with no requirement to leave your current providers to engage in our treatment. We are more than happy to collaborate with your current providers. Once treatment at Hope for Healing is completed, you can return to your previous provider. 

Also, if you do not have a provider, we will still gladly work with you.  

Our treatment rooms are both private + relaxing. We offer a spa-like setting that is soothing + beautiful. Our staff is respectful, welcoming, supportive, and caring with your healing completely in mind. 

It is our mission to provide you with a loving + positive experience with the goal of helping you live your best life.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy and education that is evidence based and leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. We emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties.

CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists through exercises in the session as well as “homework” outside of sessions. Our clients are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions and behavior.

At Hope for Healing, we are COVID-19 cautious and schedule people in a manner to limit the number of clients receiving services at the same time. We also use telehealth when possible to limit exposure.  

Every individual entering is screened by asking questions about potential exposure and taking temperatures. We require the use of personal protective equipment as directed by the State. 

If any client or family member has symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness, the treatment will be postponed.

Our scheduling approach allows us to let clients bring in a family member during treatment in order to allow them to feel as comforted and supported as possible.  

We do not accept insurance and expect payment for services at the start of each service provided. At the end of treatment we will provide you with a superbill that can be submitted by you to your insurance company. Some insurances will reimburse you for a portion of the treatment received.   

Ketamine

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that has been used in both humans & animals for over 50 years in the United States. It is a schedule III drug under the DEA Controlled Substances Act; however, it is not classified as an opioid (narcotic) or barbiturate.

Hope for Healing uses low doses of Ketamine which does not produce anesthesia but instead promotes an anti-anxiety effect. It is being used in mental health to treat resistant depression. Ketamine is not used alone but can be a quick + effective tool in alleviating symptoms of depression while other treatment modalities are also employed, like CBT, and medication.  

The director of the National Institute of Mental Health agrees. “Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades,” says Thomas Insel, MD.

There is the chance that an out of body experience may be produced. This can promote a feeling of detachment from both the self and the environment. Some people report a spiritual experience. Ketamine can lead to distortion of sights, colors, sounds, self, and one’s environment. 

It is considered safe and does not produce respiratory depression and it is short acting. Side effects may occur and a person needs to be monitored closely by qualified medical staff, which we provide.

We utilize intravenous infusions to deliver a very low dose of ketamine over a period of about 1 hour.  

Ketamine has been classified as a Schedule III controlled substance due to its potential for abuse and addiction. It can be abused in a number of ways, including via injection, snorting, or orally. 

It’s possible to get addicted or need higher doses to feel the full effects. This is less likely to happen when you get ketamine for medical reasons.  

Mental Health

If you’re experiencing mental health difficulties and have a diagnosis, Hope for Healing will focus on helping treat those difficulties with a holistic approach (mind, body, and spirit). Our specialty is treating individuals that suffer from depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  

It’s critical to understand that mental illness has many causes with multiple factors coming into play, and everyone is different. It can be more common in those whose blood relatives also have a mental illness. Certain genes may increase your risk as well as certain life experiences/situations.

Exposures to environmental stressors, injuries, or toxins, brain chemistry + certain medical conditions, isolation, and substance use/abuse can all increase a person’s risk for mental illness.

Roughly 1-in-5 adults experience a mental illness in any given year. Mental illness can begin at any age, from childhood through later adult years.

They can be both temporary or long lasting and it is possible to have more than one mental health disorder at the same time.

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of disability and if left untreated, can cause severe emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems.

First and foremost, speak with the person and ask questions. It is common to be worried that if you ask questions about one’s mental status, that it will worsen the condition. This is not true. People who are in distress often feel alone and are looking to talk, even if they don’t realize it themselves. By engaging, you may be able to provide comfort and the proof that they are not alone. If you would like help with this matter, please contact us.