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Unlocking New Pathways to Mental Health: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Lauren Lappe, LPC of Houston Brain Center


In the evolving landscape of mental health treatment, innovative approaches are transforming lives. One such groundbreaking method is Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). At Houston Brain Center, Lauren Lappe, LPC, offers this cutting-edge therapy to clients across Texas, providing hope and healing for those battling severe mental health conditions. Let's dive into what ketamine is, its history, how it works in a therapeutic setting, and how you can embark on this transformative journey with Lauren.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, once primarily known as an anesthetic, has emerged as a revolutionary treatment for mental health disorders. At lower doses, ketamine acts as a powerful dissociative anesthetic with rapid-acting antidepressant effects. Unlike traditional antidepressants, which can take weeks to become effective, ketamine often provides relief within hours, making it a lifesaver for those suffering from acute distress.


A Brief History of Ketamine

Ketamine was first synthesized in the 1960s and quickly gained approval from the FDA in 1970 as a safe anesthetic, particularly useful in combat and emergency surgery due to its ability to induce anesthesia quickly without depressing the respiratory system. It has been widely used in both human and veterinary medicine for decades. In the early 2000s, researchers began to uncover ketamine's potential as a fast-acting antidepressant, sparking a new era of psychiatric research and treatment applications.

What is Ketamine Used For?

In mental health care, ketamine is used to treat:

- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

- Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

- Anxiety Disorders

- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Its rapid efficacy makes it particularly valuable for individuals who have not responded or not achieved desired relief through other treatments.

What to Expect During a Controlled Dose

After a full evaluation by a licensed medical professional ensuring safety and appropriate dosing for each individual, a KAP session is self administered in the comfort of your home in pill form. It is important to avoid driving or engaging in complex activities until the next day. You are encouraged to rest and let the Ketamine take affect typically within minutes as it induces a trance-like state, promoting deep relaxation and dissociation for anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

This altered state can provide a fresh perspective on entrenched patterns and traumas, often described as a profound and insightful experience. The altered perspective and calming effects can last up to two weeks during which time the patient attends one or more tele-med therapy sessions.

napping at home

How Does a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Session Work?

Lauren Lappe, LPC, ensures each KAP session is safe, supportive, and tailored to individual needs. Here’s what to expect:

1. Initial Assessment: Lauren partners with licensed medical professionals to conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine if KAP is suitable, considering medical history, current medications, and mental health status.

2. Preparation Session: Prior to the first ketamine session, Lauren prepares clients by setting intentions, explaining the process, and addressing any concerns or anxieties.

3. Ketamine Session: Clients self administer a controlled dose of ketamine and are encouraged to relax in their own home with another responsible adult present and avoid driving or engaging in complex activities until the next day.

4. Integration Session: Post-ketamine, follow-up therapy sessions within 7 - 14 days focus on integrating the insights gained, fostering long-term therapeutic benefits.

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Who is Ketamine Safe For?

Ketamine is generally considered safe for adults when administered in a controlled medical setting. It is particularly suitable for individuals with:

- Chronic depression or anxiety


- Severe trauma histories

(Many other applications as assessed by a mental health professional. )

However, ketamine is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, severe heart disease, or a history of psychosis. A thorough medical and psychological assessment is essential to ensure the safety and suitability of ketamine therapy for each individual.

Connect with Lauren Lappe, LPC

Lauren Lappe, LPC offers convenient televisits for clients throughout Texas, making this transformative therapy accessible. To schedule a free consultation, visit the Houston Brain Center listing on the Natural Health Network Directory. For more insights, check out the NHN Instagram page to watch Lauren's interview with NHN founder Sarah Rasnick, where they delve deeper into the benefits and processes of KAP.

Take the first step toward a brighter, healthier future with the expert guidance of Lauren Lappe at Houston Brain Center. Explore the potential of ketamine to unlock new pathways to mental well-being and emotional resilience.


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