Choosing a Ketamine Service Provider: A Practical Guide for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

Apr 9, 2024

In January 2023, the Alberta Government made a significant decision in the field of mental health treatment by allowing the use of psychedelic medicine, including Ketamine, to treat severe and treatment-resistant mental health conditions. Since then, many clinics across Alberta have started offering legal access to this innovative treatment.

The Alberta Mental Health Protection Act gives service providers the authority to offer Ketamine-assisted therapy, ensuring specific safety and care measures are in place. However, it’s important to understand that not all service providers are the same.

For example, some providers administer Ketamine through intravenous or intramuscular injections, while others use sublingual tablets. The way the treatment is administered can also differ, with some clinics offering group sessions, noise-cancelling headphones, and eye masks, and others providing a more private setting with a 2:1 practitioner-to-client ratio.

The experience level of each service provider’s psychedelic practitioners can vary greatly, from those who have conducted just a few sessions to those who have conducted hundreds of focused and personalized sessions. Financial commitments can also differ significantly from one clinic to another, with some offering packages of sessions for a fixed fee that is paid up-front, and others charging on a per-session basis.

Choosing the right service provider is crucial, and it’s all about finding what you need and what will work best for you. At The Sitting Room, we want you to make an informed decision, so we are transparent about what we offer and how we do it, allowing you to decide if our approach is right for you.

To assist you in making this decision, we are pleased to offer you a complimentary copy of “Ketamine: A Practical Guide for Clients.” This guide is designed for individuals considering Ketamine-assisted therapy and provides clear insights into our approach, the processes we use to ensure your safety, and what to expect before, during, and after your sessions.

We outline The Sitting Room’s client-centred approach, which focuses on your unique needs and circumstances from the initial contact and consultation with our Medical Director to how our Psychedelic Practitioners work with you to ensure you are prepared and supported throughout your experience.

We also describe our partnership with two of Alberta’s most experienced teams of psychologists and mental health practitioners, Insight Psychological and NeuroMed, emphasizing the importance of integration following Ketamine sessions.

Finally, we address commonly asked questions and concerns about Ketamine, including potential benefits and risks, our approach to determining the number of sessions you might need, and our costs.

Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge to make an informed decision about whether Ketamine-assisted therapy is right for you and to help you find a service provider that best meets your needs.

The Sitting Room Client Guide