Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

Expand your potential to heal

Acupuncture helps you soften underlying resistance, strengthen innate resilience, and integrate the benefits of Ketamine-Assisted Therapy− for true transformation.

Integrative psychotherapy meets psychedelic medicine with Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT). This is a transformational medicine, a unique therapeutic modality to not only optimize wellness, but also address various health conditions, including treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, and more. Transform suffering and expand wellness with Acupuncture-Supported Ketamine-Assisted Therapy at Horizon Healing Center for Transformational Medicine in Ventura, CA.

Your Acupuncture & Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Treatment

  • Contact Horizon Healing to ask any questions, see if Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT) is right for you, and book your appointment.
  • Enjoy your initial intake conversation with medical director Dr. Mati.
  • Enjoy a psychological intake with one of our licensed therapists to discuss your medical history and treatment goals. Dr. Mati and this therapist will be present with you for your KAT session.
  • At least 1 week before your KAT session, book your initial acupuncture treatment here. We'll discuss your health history− then you get to rest. Enjoy acupuncture and other supportive therapies, such as cupping, tuning forks, and aromatherapy. Go home with a KAT-preparation plan, along with supportive herbs.
  • Your second acupuncture treatment will take place right before your KAT session! Rest, restore, and walk into your KAT session fully prepared in mind, body, and Spirit for a deeply transformative experience.
  • The initial KAT session is usually an oral dose of ketamine via a rapid-dissolving tablet. The session lasts up to 3 hours. This includes preparation, around 40 minutes of deep journey space, then integrative therapy.
  • Enjoy your journey.
  • Follow-up with your KAT treatment plan. This usually includes more sessions, and may transition into intramuscular ketamine. Dr. Mati and your therapist will discuss specifics with you in detail.
  • Monthly acupuncture and/ or regularly taking your prescribed herbs can support your ongoing integration.
  • After acupuncture treatments, we will discuss herbs, exercises, and other lifestyle recommendations tailored for you, for practical transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ketamine? 

Ketamine is used all over the world as a surgical and procedural anesthetic. Ketamine was first synthesized in the mid-1960s, and is FDA-approved in the United States as a dissociative anesthetic. Considered a safe medicine with few side effects, ketamine is listed on the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List for all health care systems.

Ketamine acts upon many different brain receptors, mainly as an NMDA-receptor antagonist. While on ketamine, the brain's default mode network takes a break, allowing old patterns and habits to also take a rest, and supporting fresh connections in other brain regions. This creates space for transformation, and can help enhance neuroplasticity, the ability for the brain to change its connections and even structure. Although potent, correct dosage, timing, preparation, and integration are integral in supporting lasting change.

Can I book Ketamine-Assisted Therapy without acupuncture?

Yes! Please contact Horizon Healing for all your Ketamine-Assisted Therapy needs, with or without acupuncture.

How does acupuncture support Ketamine-Assisted Therapy?

Acupuncture can increase the effectiveness and augment the experience of your ketamine treatment. By calming your nervous system, acupuncture helps you enter an open and receptive space before your KAT session. It can help reduce or prevent nausea, or other possible side effects.

Acupuncture and herbs can also be helpful immediately after KAT to ground and welcome you back into your body, while amplifying and extending the relaxation cultivated during the KAT session.

Acupuncture is beneficial for a wide range of symptoms and concerns. This is the perfect complementary medicine for your Ketamine-Assisted Therapy treatment.

Do you accept insurance? 

Some insurance plans cover acupuncture and/ or KAT.

  • Call your insurance company to inquiry about KAT and other psychedelic medicine coverage. Please contact Horizon Healing for other KAT-specific insurance questions.
  • You can usually use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for acupuncture, herbs, and psychotherapy. Please contact your employer for details, if applicable.
  • Jiling accepts in-network plans for Patagonia and federal employees, along with other policies− please visit our Insurance page to learn more!