Ketamine Integration Counselling Montreal
Therapeutic Support Integrating Your Experience
Ketamine integration counselling for the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma.
Ketamine integration counselling helps you make sense of, or plan for, a ketamine experience.
I provide harm reduction information and integration support to people who have experienced, or are curious about, ketamine. Integration sessions are offered in person in Westmount, Montreal or online via Zoom.
For some people, the effect of ketamine can make ordinary, familiar experiences overwhelming. Others may remain confused or anxious long after their experience is over. Ketamine integration counselling provides an opportunity for you to discuss your experiences, whatever they may be.
From Confusion to Understanding
The ‘aim’ of ketamine integration counselling is to make sense of and determine how to best incorporate insights gained from your ketamine experiences.
During sessions, I invite you – if you wish – to talk about the details of your experiences. I draw your attention toward any insights or emotional shifts that may have occurred, and help you consider how these changes may be integrated into your daily life.
Please note, I do not provide any psychoactive substances. I provide psychological support to those seeking assistance to understand and integrate their ketamine experiences.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that was developed in 1956. In humans, it has been primarily used in surgery to maintain anesthesia. However, in 2000, it was discovered that ketamine worked exceptionally well as a fast-acting antidepressant and alleviation of suicidal ideation.
Ketamine is one of the most widely used drugs in modern medicine, and is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.
Ketamine has been described as the single most important advance in the treatment of depression in the past 50 years.
What is the Efficacy of Ketamine When Used to Treat Depression?
Ketamine is a well-tolerated and rapid-acting antidepressant. However, it should be noted that its antidepressant effects generally only last for approximately 7-10 days. It has been shown that a single dose of intravenous ketamine results in a response rate of over 60% as early as 4.5 hours after the dose and over 40% after seven days.
What is the Ketamine Experience Like?
Ketamine often causes what is known as a dissociative experience, where “dissociation” means a sense of disconnection between mind and body, and from one’s ordinary reality and usual sense of self. The experience generally lasts for approximately 2 hours. At lower doses, it has a wide range of effects, including, but not limited to, an altered state of consciousness, feelings of ‘unreality,’ visual and sensory distortions, distorted physical sensations, floating, dissociation and euphoria. At higher doses, it may produce temporary amnesia, detachment and unconsciousness.
Judgement-Free, Empathic Counselling
I understand the experience of altered states of consciousness, and I will not dismiss anything you might choose to share about your own explorations. I know that, after the ‘light show’ has ended, integration is key to understanding and growth.
I can help you make sense of the lessons from your experience and integrate them into your day-to-day life.
Qualifications and Professional Associations
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Integration Counselling in Person or Online
I offer integration counselling in person in Westmount, Montreal, or online via Zoom or FaceTime.
You don't need a referral to make an appointment. You can contact me directly by phone, email or book an appointment through the website.
If you're not ready to book but would like more information or get a sense of who I am, I offer a free 10-minute consultation over the phone.
Your First Appointment
At our first appointment, we will talk about:
- Your intentions and preparatory questions
- Safety and logistical information
- Your concerns and current presenting issues
- The effect of these concerns on your current experience of life and your relationships
- Your expectations and goals for integration counselling
It's also an opportunity for you to learn more about how I work and any other questions you might have.
Book an Appointment
For further information about my services, please feel free to contact me.
Areas of Specialty
Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety is generally an unpleasant feeling of nervousness and fear that something bad is happening or about to happen. Counselling for anxiety can help alleviate these feelings.
Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that can negatively affect how you feel, think and act. Counselling for depression can help alleviate these symptoms.
Psychedelic means 'mind manifesting'. Psychedelic integration counselling can help you make sense of, and integrate, psychedelic or transpersonal experiences into your daily life.
Life Direction & Purpose
Counselling can assist you to find a clearer sense of life direction, meaning and purpose. Working collaboratively, counselling can help you move towards your life goals.
Personal & Spiritual Growth
Counselling for personal and spiritual growth can help you to examine your belief systems and core values with a view to becoming more present and self-compassionate.
Relationships impact on our well-being and happiness. Counselling for relationship issues can help to improve communication, navigate decision making and restore emotional bonds.
Self-esteem is the degree to which we value and respect ourselves. Counselling for self-esteem issues can help you develop a stronger, more confident and content sense of self.
Grief & Loss
Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something that is important to you. Grief counselling can help you better cope with the stressors associated with the loss.