Ketamine-assisted Therapy

When other treatments don’t work

Our Approach

Ketamine is given when other antidepressants don’t work. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, meaning that it numbs your body and makes you feel apart from your environment for a short time. It leads to clarity of thinking, lifting of the weight of depression and an increased functional capacity which can take effect within the first few hours following treatment.

A man on a couch being treated with sedative IV therapy

Advantages

Ketamine treatments have supported individuals in achieving cumulative and sustained wellness. Reductions in symptoms have been maintained among recipients through maintenance treatments. 

If you’re a new client, please take some time to review these considerations before booking an Info Session.​

Cena Life Inc. Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Program

At Cena Life, we offer a 4-week intramuscular ketamine program supported by a licensed interdisciplinary team that delivers the programming in a supportive, welcoming environment. Ketamine is available in various methods, including oral/sublingual, intranasal, intramuscular, and intravenously. At Cena, we offer intramuscular ketamine.

Our clients engage with several team members dedicated to meeting them where they are and walking with them throughout their healing journey. This journey begins with thorough preparation.

Our licensed clinician will review the client’s medical and mental health history, then participate in a comprehensive psychiatric assessment.

After the assessment, if approved, our clients meet with a licensed psychologist to discover their intention and/or goals for the program. The next step is to schedule four (4) one-on-one RN-led ketamine administration sessions, each followed by an integration session with a psychologist.

As everyone’s experience is unique, ongoing maintenance for KaT is assessed individually.

The discovery call determines an individual’s inclusion in ketamine-assisted therapy. Each client is required to complete a comprehensive medical and psychiatric intake package. This package includes individual demographics, medical assessment forms, and consent to share information.

Our RN will lead each client through a one-on-one virtual “Discovery Call.” The client and clinician will establish rapport and ensure all the information is identified to complete a baseline medical and mental health assessment. The client will be asked to complete appropriate mental health psychometric assessment tools and have an opportunity to ask questions about the program. Our clinical team utilizes their knowledge and expertise to gather assessment information and provide a summary for our psychiatrist’s review. 

Our psychiatrist reviews the client’s medical information and the psychometric assessment scores and will meet with the client to complete a comprehensive assessment. Our psychiatrist and the client will mutually determine if KaT is an appropriate option for their condition 

The Intention setting session is integral to the healing process of KaT and is often called the “set.” This is an opportunity for our clients to begin a relationship with our psychologists and explore what they hope to achieve with KaT. Our psychologist will provide the client with what to expect from KaT, support them in establishing their intention and work with them to identify their healing goals. This same psychologist will support the client’s integration sessions throughout the program. 

“Holding space” or creating the “setting” for the client undergoing KaT is essential. To ensure client safety, it is a requirement for a client to identify a “designated support” person who will escort the client to and from their ketamine treatment sessions each week.

The ketamine therapy sessions last approximately 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours, and during these sessions, the RN will administer intramuscular ketamine and closely monitor for any side effects. The RN may be accompanied by another non-clinical team member who will assist in a support role to meet the client’s personal needs as they arise. At the end of each session, there will be a short debrief with the client, which is a critical component to bridge into the integration phase of the program. 

The psychologist will meet with the client weekly to support the integration of their ketamine sessions. The optimal schedule for focused integration discussions is 48-72 hours (about three days) after the client’s ketamine therapy. We have taken this approach to provide the client time to process the experience by allowing for self-reflection and journaling of their initial reactions and feelings.

During the one-on-one integration session, the psychologist and client will collaboratively explore the experience to respond to the therapeutic narrative. The integration session will focus on varied approaches to assist the client in sharing their insight from the ketamine session as they start to process and reflect on their experience. 

The Psychiatrist, Psychologist and Registered Nurse will meet weekly to discuss dosing adjustments. The initial ketamine dose prescribed by the psychiatrist is based on the client’s age, weight, and the in-depth medical assessment completed prior to approving or beginning treatment. The doses will be reviewed as required and, if needed, they are adjusted on a weekly basis.

Each client is unique in how they metabolize the medicine, and some individuals may require incremental increases in their doses throughout the KaT program to achieve the desired effect. Observations from the ketamine sessions (including physical, verbal, and emotional factors) and feedback from the Integration sessions will be considered at each dosing round to achieve optimum results for the client. 

Depending on everyone’s treatment path, the 4-6 week cycle of ketamine treatment followed by focused integration work may require maintenance. Maintenance depends on the client’s needs, healing goals and commitment ability, so maintenance schedules are assessed individually. We will meet with the clients one month following the end of their program to review their progress and provide an overview of our maintenance program.

KAT Program Pricing

  • Medical/ mental health assessment 
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric assessment 
  • Preparation/intention session 
  • Four ketamine treatment sessions 
  • Four integration sessions 
  • Three interdisciplinary dosing rounds 

$4800

  • Medical/ mental health assessment (if longer than six months since participation in a KaT program
  • Psychiatric assessment 
  • One ketamine treatment session
  • One integration session

$750 

rTMS-Enhanced KaT Program Pricing

  • 30 rTMS treatments
  • Medical/ mental health assessment 
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric assessment 
  • Preparation/intention session 
  • Four ketamine treatment sessions 
  • Four integration sessions 
  • Three interdisciplinary dosing rounds 
  • Multiple RN/RPN check in calls

$7000

  • 30 rTMS treatments
  • Medical/ mental health assessment 
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric assessment 
  • Preparation/intention session 
  • Six ketamine treatment sessions 
  • Six integration sessions 
  • Six interdisciplinary dosing rounds
  • Multiple RN/RPN check in calls

$8000

Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Pillars

Cena Life Inc. is the coming together of Science and Nature through a focus on privately offered, community-based, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. At Cena Life, we honour the traditional power of natural medicine and bridge historical and emerging scientific accomplishments to bring safe, high-quality offerings and innovation to those needing alternative treatments. We increase access for individuals’ healing through our service offering of Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

If you’re a new client, please take some time to review these considerations before booking an Info Session.​

Ketamine FAQs

Ketamine is an established medication that has new possibilities to treat mental health.

Combined with a psycho-therapeutic approach, ketamine supports individuals to address what is troubling them by binding to various receptors in the brain to promote regrowth and connections between brain cells that help regulate one’s mood. Ketamine’s trance-inducing and pain-relieving properties can support individuals as they work through psychological roadblocks or challenges.

Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KaT) utilizes ketamine in conjunction with psychotherapy and can enable the healing wisdom within us to be more easily accessed.

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No.

Our team will work with you to determine the best approach and options based on your medical history as well as where you are at in your healing journey. Creating an environment of compassion, wisdom, growth, and safety is our primary goal.

Our trained medical professionals ensure that ketamine sessions are safe and comfortable, and that they meet safety requirements outlined by the Government of Alberta.

KaT is for individuals looking for new tools to support their mental health healing journey.

Studies have shown, Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KaT) is a great option for adult patients with:

• Refractory Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

• Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

No, you do not need a referral. You can reach out to us directly or book a Discovery Call through our website.

We recommend a minimum of 4 sessions. Scientific guidelines affirm evidence that clients who have tried Ketamine -Assisted Therapy may benefit the most from these sessions over a period of 6 weeks.

The most common experience from ketamine is short-term dissociation. The medication can often distort your perception of sight and sound while producing illusions of detachment from your environment or yourself.

You may feel separate from your thoughts and feelings. You may temporarily experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, drowsiness, elevated mood, anxiety, or elevations in blood pressure and heart rate.

A licensed provider will be with you to assist and assure you throughout your session. All experiences are short-lived and resolve quickly.

Please do not come to your session if you have a cold or are feeling unwell.

When leaving your ketamine sessions, you must be driven home by a family member or a friend.

No driving, operating hazardous equipment, or engaging in hazardous activities for the next 12-24 hours.

Avoid making critical decisions for 12-24 hours.

Avoid consuming alcohol or other recreational drugs.

Ketamine can be safely administered in four ways; intramuscular (IM), intravenous (IV), intranasal or orally. At Cena Life, we offer Ketamine intramuscularly.

The KaT program consists of a combination of ketamine treatments and psychotherapy sessions over 6 weeks. We will require you to provide your medical history, participate in psychometric screening, and meet with our psychiatrist to determine if ketamine therapy is right for you.

Research has shown an individual’s personality and mood are improved in the days to weeks following therapy.

Many individuals have reported experiencing lasting improvement in their condition within hours of a treatment session.

The Ketamine sessions and your care plan are designed to enable personal healing, to help you achieve clarity and understanding of your experience.

Ketamine allows you to separate or disassociate from your thoughts, enabling you to look back at those thoughts from a healthy distance.

This new perspective, coupled with the support and guidance of our team members, is very different from the current medications that regulate brain chemistry.

Cena Life is a private pay service. Your insurance agency may cover a portion of the cost. We do not directly bill insurance companies but will gladly provide you an invoice.