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Ketamine Therapy by Evolve Healthcare

At Evolve Mental Health, we believe that anxiety & depression shouldn’t control your life. With our new Ketamine Therapy Program, relief is just a click away.

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Ketamine Therapy

Feel confident and comfortable with Evolve’s approach to mental health. We put your needs at the center of our program and understand that any new cutting-edge techniques for treating mental ailments can be intimidating — we’re here for you. 

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Learn about Our Process

Your Ketamine Journey

Step 1

Discovery Call

Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation

Step 2

Patient Intake

45-Minute Clinical Consultation

Step 3

Treatment

3-Hour Guided Therapy Session

Step 4

Integration

45-Minute Post-Therapy Session

Meet Our experienced Care Team

Here with you at every step forward.

The first step is a free 15-minute phone call with our Certified Ketamine Therapist, Ryan Perez, AG-ACNP, to introduce you to the program and answer any questions.

Next, you will meet with our Certified Psychotherapist, Berenice Rosillo, LMFT, for an in-depth consultation discussing your needs and expectations, and outlining your treatment plan. Then you are ready to begin treatment and xxxx. 

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Accommodating your lifestyle

Multiple Options to Fit Your Needs

Flexible programs to help choose your own path.

Our two base therapy packages are a great starting point for anyone new to the procedure. We’ll guide you through the process at your own pace and be there with you every step along the way.

Individual Treatment

Single 3-Hour Session
$ 1250
  • 1 Patient Intake
  • 1 Treatment
  • 1 Integration

Betterment Package

Four 3-Hour Sessions
$ 4250
  • 1 Patient Intake
  • 4 Treatments
  • 1 Integration
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3 Treatment add-on available for $1950, each additional treatment is $750

*If not established patient intake visit $300

Customized Treatments

Physician-driven treatment plans using therapy and integrative medicine.

Virtual Appointments

Screening and post-treatment consultations are available via telemedicine.

Highly Trained Physicians

Our board-certified physicians bring a wealth of knowledge to provide truly integrated medicine.

questions? We have answers:

Frequently Asked Questions

Ketamine is a schedule III controlled substance that has been used primarily as an anesthetic (sedative) and analgesic (pain reliever). It is a psychoactive compound, meaning it is capable of “affecting the mind.”

Chemically ketamine has a variety of actions. It’s a dissociative analgesic, sedative, stimulant, and antidepressant. It affects glutamate, serotonin, dopamine, opioid, acetylcholine, GABA, cannabinoid systems, and more.

Ketamine is also often labeled a “psychedelic” because it produces a non-ordinary state of consciousness (NOSC) due to its dissociative effects. However, it should not be coupled with the classic psychedelics — psilocybin, mescaline, LSD, and DMT (the active compound in ayahuasca). It is chemically and experientially quite distinct from these compounds.

In depression, one loses the number and functionality of neuronal connectivity, and ketamine increases that connectivity. It can literally heal the brain.

Ketamine is not for everyone. It has been formally studied for major depressive disorder, bipolar depression, PTSD, OCD and treatment-resistant depression. However, it has specifically shown significant promise for treating suicidal ideation.

Ketamine is likely not helpful for individuals with recent manic episodes, or psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, and it should be used very cautiously in patients with high addictive potential. Ketamine treatment should be considered on a case-by-case basis by a qualified health professional. Ketamine can raise blood pressure while it’s in your system, and long-term use can cause bladder issues.

If you have uncontrolled hypertension, kidney, or bladder disease, your doctor may decide ketamine is not a good option for you.

There are many different ways to administer ketamine, and it is not clear presently whether different routes of administration (ROA) provide different results, or are superior to the others. The vast majority of studies researching ketamine have used infusion protocols, i.e. intravenous. Other ROAs are: intramuscular (IM), sublingual (SL), and intranasal.

Sublingual tablets are a preferred method for some clinicians due to their ease of use. Dr. Phil Wolfson, MD, author of The Ketamine Papers, routinely uses ketamine as sublingual tabs and teaches other clinicians this method. It’s important to note that no matter the route of administration, ketamine should be taken under the direct supervision of a doctor.

A common treatment regimen for all routes – infusion, intramuscular, nasal spray, and sublingual – is two times per week for three weeks, with a maintenance session every 4-12 weeks, or as needed.

There is much debate on how ketamine works as an antidepressant. The most accepted theory is that it inhibits glutamate (a neurotransmitter, not in the monoamine family) via the NMDA receptor. But, like most things, it’s not so simple.

As mentioned earlier, ketamine has many different functions in the brain, not least of which is creating an altered state wherein the individual may have a transformative experience with new insights and perspective shifts.

Remember, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic. Dissociating from what, you may ask? In simple terms: your thoughts from your emotions. As one scientist explains (paraphrasing) ‘when on ketamine, you may have negative emotions, but you don’t care.’ That’s a rather glib way of saying: ketamine offers you space from your emotions.

Because it dissociates part of the limbic system from the cortex, it allows you to experience unpleasant memories or feelings without being triggered by them. This means you can do deep KETAMINE 101 | Dr. Katelyn Kalstein | Evolve Healthcare | Woodland Hills, CA | (818) 346-4300 4 psychological work without your ego defenses getting in the way. The effect of this makes one feel as if they’ve done “5 years of therapy in 5 hours.”

Anatomically, it is clear that ketamine reconnects neurons. Neuroscientists performing functional MRIs while patients are on ketamine see an increase in the functional connectivity of neurons. We know that depressed patients have fewer connections, so it follows that with more connections, you have less depression.

The most common side effects of ketamine while you are under its influence are: nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, urinary urgency, visual disturbances, ataxia (unbalanced walking), feelings of dissociation, and agitation.

A small amount of patients (less than 5%) cannot tolerate the nausea and vomiting experienced even with anti-nausea medication. Bladder conditions including cystitis are well established as an effect of long-term use, though the mechanism is unclear.

This all sounds rather unpleasant, but in general, ketamine is well-tolerated by most. In practice we prepare for many of these potential side effects by giving anti-nausea medication, dimming the lights to help with visual disturbance, and of course someone is with you at all times to make sure you don’t get up and walk around!

To avoid the common side effect of nausea, it is recommended patients go without food 4-6 hours prior to their session. You should wear comfortable clothing and secure a ride to and from the facility.

Before your session, you should read through all materials provided by your doctor or clinic and have all of your questions answered prior to your first session. You should always feel safe and comfortable with your ketamine guide.

The most important part is that you are mentally and emotionally prepared.

You have a clear intention.

You have set aside time to integrate after each session (and not packed your schedule the day following).

You have scheduled appointments with your therapist or doctor for at least three weeks of your ketamine treatment.

You have prepared your life as much as possible for low stress and time for self-care over the course of your treatments.

And, most importantly, you arrive with an open mind, ready to dive into a transformative experience.

Disclaimer: Administration and technique varies among clinics and physicians. Described below is how I perform sessions in the office.

When performed as part of therapy, the individual is given a dose of ketamine that creates a non-ordinary state of consciousness (NOSC) similar to a psychedelic “trip.” The intensity of this experience varies, and is dose and individual dependent.

At low doses and in the beginning of your session, you may experience sensory changes such as feelings of tingling, lightness, heaviness, numbness, and altered perception of your body. As the ketamine increases in dose, awareness of the body dissolves as you become increasingly internal in orientation. This is generally well received and pleasurable.

This is a result of the dissociative nature of the drug: the brain regions of the thalamus dissociate from frontal cortex, allowing the limbic system (emotion) and frontal cortex (cognition) to communicate with little ego interference (as mentioned above). Ego defenses and judgments cease and one experiences pure being without added narration.

Many patients find the experience of dissociating essential to healing, not just a “side effect.” One may have visions, insights, discoveries or other experiences in the dissociative state, which prove incredibly beneficial – if not necessary – for recovery. 

No one can tell you what you will experience with ketamine; it is uniquely personal. You may feel “out of it” directly after your session and wish to have a cozy night at home with some good food and your favorite book. You will likely have an immediate shift in your state that is more positive, and if not positive, at least neutral.

You may notice normal depressive symptoms are absent. You may wish to discuss what you experienced in the session with your guide. You may want to journal, play music, be with a loved one, or simply remain quiet. All are equally right.

You may feel the antidepressant effects immediately, but it also may take a few sessions. Do not be discouraged if you “don’t feel any different” right after your first session. There are certainly many individuals who require 4-6 sessions to feel a shift, and this is perfectly normal.

Hours
Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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