How Can Wyoming Wellness Center’s Ketamine Infusions Benefit My Mental Health?
Originally approved as an anesthetic, ketamine can relieve a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PSTD, severe post-partum depression, and suicidal ideation. At Wyoming Wellness Center in Torrington, Wyoming, Tracy Richard CRNA, APRN offers customized ketamine treatment plans that may help you find relief.
We believe that everyone deserves to feel good and be happy. If you are looking for a different and safe approach to treating your mental health disorders, call the Wyoming Wellness Center or schedule a consultation online today for a personalized mental health management plan.
Am I a Candidate for Wyoming Wellness Center Ketamine Treatments for Mental Health?
You might be a candidate if:
You’ve been diagnosed with a mental health issue that has been resistant to standard medical and pharmaceutical therapies and continues to interfere with your quality of life
You’re currently seeing a mental health provider and/or counselor or are willing to start
You understand that this treatment is outside of the coverage of insurance
Your provider will work with you to formulate a treatment plan that will help you improve your mental health concerns and enhance your overall wellness. We care about our patients! We want you to have an experience of compassion and kindness during your treatments.
While ketamine is a powerful treatment option, it isn’t right for everyone. Your provider may not recommend ketamine treatments if you have a fast heart rate, uncontrolled high blood pressure, certain bladder conditions, moderate to severe heart conditions, a history of uncontrolled seizures, or certain types of head injuries. Ketamine is contraindicated in pregnancy.
If you have a mental health condition that hasn’t responded to traditional treatment, contact Wyoming Wellness Center today to find out if ketamine is right for you.
How Do Ketamine Treatments for Severe Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD Work?
Depression is traditionally treated with antidepressant medication, therapy, or both. However, up to 50% of patients don’t find lasting relief of their symptoms with these treatments or find the side effects from traditional medication interfere too much with their quality of life.
At the Wyoming Wellness Center, Tracy Richard, CRNA, APRN, and her team offer ketamine intravenous infusions, intramuscular infusions, and oral ketamine lozenges to help in the treatment of severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Ketamine for Anxiety and Depression
While ketamine works on a structural level to fix the pathways that have been ravaged by stress, depression, and anxiety, antidepressants offer a more temporary solution. Traditional antidepressants affect the way your brain uses and produces neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. This line of treatment isn’t always effective. It takes time to build up in your system, they come with a lot of side effects, and the treatment can have a plateauing effect that requires a change in medication.
Ketamine for Suicidal Ideation
Suicidal thoughts can be reduced and sometimes eliminated with ketamine therapy. Ketamine treatment is the only intervention that can eliminate suicidal thinking independently of other symptoms. In some studies, ketamine has been found to greatly decrease or even stop suicidal thoughts in as little as 90 minutes after an IV infusion.
Here at Wyoming Wellness Center, we offer low-dose Ketamine infusion therapy to patients suffering from severe mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder (non-manic phase), post-traumatic stress, and others that increase the risk of suicidal behavior.
Ketamine for Post-Partum Depression
Ketamine therapy is fantastic for mothers with severe postpartum depression because of its high success rate in treating mood disorders with little risk to their child. Depressive symptoms can be lifted within hours to days instead of weeks to months. As few as 2 or 3 infusions can provide many months of relief: plenty of time to form a healthy bond with your newborn and reassess longer-term treatment options (if necessary).
Ketamine for PTSD
From military veterans to abuse survivors, patients suffering from any type of extreme trauma are at risk of developing changes in brain chemistry. Unlike traditional antidepressants, ketamine actually works to restructure and rebuild nerve connections in the brain, which can provide long-term relief from the debilitating effects of PTSD. We offer a 10% discount to our patients who are current or former military members and first responders.
Benefits of Ketamine Treatments for Mental Health
Ketamine treatments are gaining popularity in Wyoming and across the United States because of their fast-acting relief, low side effects, and overall effectiveness.
Typical medications for mental health issues can take weeks or months to relieve any of the symptoms a person might be feeling. When mental health is on the line, waiting can be dangerous. The traditional alternatives, like Klonopin or Xanax, can lead to dependence or addiction issues. Once relief is found, it is medicine dependent: you will need to stay on the medication, and often your provider will need to increase your dose, or else your symptoms can quickly return.
Ketamine can provide relief within hours to days. In laboratory studies, positive effects were felt as soon as three hours after treatment, and repair of damaged brain synapses was observed within 12 hours.
Fewer Side Effects
The most commonly prescribed antidepressant medications — SSRIs, MAOIs, and SNRIs— have common side effects of fatigue, weight gain, sexual problems, and insomnia, and can even cause suicidal thoughts. While some of these side effects will go away within a few weeks of taking your medication, side effects like insomnia, weight gain, and low sex drive often remain.
Professionally administered ketamine infusions, such as the ketamine treatments at the Wyoming Wellness Center, are relatively free of lasting side effects for patients with treatment-resistant depression. The most commonly experienced side effects are a sensation of feeling “spacey” or “loopy”, and none of these side effects typically last beyond the day of treatment. Ketamine, in rare instances, can cause suicidal thoughts; however, more often it relieves suicidal thoughts within a few hours.
By working with Wyoming Wellness Center, you can speak directly with a medical professional if you are experiencing any side effects. With traditional antidepressants, this type of attention requires another doctor’s visit, copay, sometimes a prescription, and another set of side effects.
High Success and Remission Rate
Ketamine infusions have a high success rate at treating drug-resistant depression. In fact, in clinical studies, symptoms stayed in remission for over half of the participants. In comparison, traditional medications show remission in less than 20% of users. Ketamine is safe, effective, and the results can be lasting.
Although ketamine has shown very positive results for many psychological conditions, it’s not for everybody. It’s important to talk to our staff at the Wyoming Wellness Center about all aspects of your physical and mental health in considering ketamine therapy. This includes your complete medical and mental history, all medications you are taking, as well as the side effects and contraindications for ketamine use.
If you suffer from severe depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, PTSD, or suicidal ideation: there is hope. We believe everyone deserves to live happy, healthy lives. Ketamine treatments are gaining a lot of attention for their safety and effectiveness and we would love to see if it would be the right fit for you.
Before Treatment: Work with a Mental Health Provider
It is required that you see a mental health counselor before, during, and after your Ketamine therapy for mental health.
Research suggests that ketamine sessions are most effective when paired with various forms of psychotherapy. Change is best facilitated within a structured, supportive psychotherapeutic environment with trained and skilled clinicians who are focused on assisting you with your concerns, hopes, desires, and struggles.
We believe that mental health counseling is instrumental and inseparable in the client’s mental healing and improvement in overall health when joined with ketamine therapy.
Ketamine therapy may help with your depression, but it is not intended to be a stand-alone cure or substitute for regular care by your mental health counselor and your primary care provider. Therefore, we require that you maintain all regularly scheduled visits with your primary care physician, psychiatrist, and /or mental health therapist.
State of mind and mental health have an incredible impact on your physical health, and we approach your wellness by looking at the whole picture: mental and physical.
Our holistic approach doesn’t stop there. We recommend that you set intentions for your inner work and make sure you are relaxed and in an appropriate state of mind before your Ketamine treatments and do things that promote a calm mind before your sessions like meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and/or journaling.
We also offer additional services at the Wyoming Wellness Center such as acupuncture, myofascial release, massage therapy, and other non-habit-forming treatment types.
Personalized Care Plan
For your initial consultation, your provider will learn the details of your mental health concerns, other symptoms or areas of concern, lifestyle, and overall physical and mental health. Keeping your specific needs in mind, we will create a personalized treatment that can help you find relief from the symptoms of drug-resistant mental health issues and restore your overall health and quality of life. We will also be able to recommend other alternative therapies offered at Wyoming Wellness Center that can help you further manage your mental and physical health and wellness.
During your personalized ketamine treatment session, you’ll relax on a comfortable, supportive cot, with a light-blocking eye mask, relaxing non-verbal music, and noise-canceling headphones while your provider prepares and administers your ketamine treatment. A vein will be located in your arm, wrist, or hand and a small needle with a tube will be inserted into that vein or into a muscle (depending on the route of therapy chosen). We even have an ultrasound machine for those with tough-to-find veins. Our patients are always surprised at how quick and relatively painless this process is— even those who are afraid of needles!
If you are nervous or anxious during your treatment, our team is highly trained to handle a wide variety of situations and if needed, additional medications can be administered to aid in relaxation.
Ketamine for mental health treatments has a much lower dosage than the amount used for surgical anesthesia. In some cases, your provider may administer other types of medication along with ketamine infusions to aid in the treatment or help to prevent unwanted side effects. These medications can help reduce minor side effects such as nausea from ketamine treatments. This type of personalization and high level of medical care is the benefit of working with our team of providers and staff!
Unlike most clinics, we use digital infusion pumps to administer ketamine. This means that we can administer a very specific rate of medication, and balance the rate of medication you are receiving to provide the best experience possible. We start the infusion at a target dose to ensure proper delivery into the bloodstream. Should you need more or less medicine during your infusion, the press of a few buttons causes a change in the amount you are receiving within the minute. Our superior results are partly due to this personalization and attention to care from our providers.
Team of Specialists
When you receive Ketamine treatments at Wyoming Wellness Center, you are in expert hands. We have a fully staffed medical facility with all the necessary monitoring equipment. Our team is highly trained to handle a wide variety of situations and provide personalized care.
During your infusion, you might feel a floating feeling, or tingling or heavy body sensations. Some patients also experience a sense of disconnection from their bodies. This is completely normal and goes away after the infusion treatment is completed. After your treatment and a brief observation period, you are able to return home.
Pricing for Mental Health Treatments
We are proud to offer a 10% military, first responder, and veteran discount.
Required Initial Medical Evaluation for all Ketamine Therapy Clients $250-$300
Your consultation consists of a history and physical and is considered an evaluation interview and exam. The investment is $250 unless a more extensive work-up is needed (consultation with PCP, Labs, extensive review of multiple medical records, etc.), at which point your investment will be $300.
Investment: $250 - $300
Ketamine Treatment Options for Mental Health
Depending on your personalized wellness plan, you will receive your ketamine treatment intravenously (IV), intramuscular (IM), or orally. Our staff at Wyoming Wellness Center recognize that every patient is unique and that individual responses to ketamine treatments will vary. Your individual symptoms, needs, and goals of care will determine your course of treatment.
For most mental health patients, we recommend a plan of eight treatments; however, we will tailor a plan to you, based on severity of your symptoms, suicidal ideation, medical history, etc.
Your ketamine IV treatment for mental health will last for two hours (1-hour infusion and 1-hour recovery), and we require a minimum of three treatments over 2 to 3 weeks.
Intravenous Infusions. Your ketamine intravenous treatment will last for two hours (sometimes longer), and we require a minimum of three treatments. For most mental health treatment plans, we recommend a regime of eight treatments over eight weeks. After your initial treatment plan is completed, “booster” IV infusions are based on your perceptions of returning symptoms.
Investment: $350 per IV treatment
Intramuscular Infusions. Your ketamine intramuscular treatment will last for 1.5 to 2 hours, and we require a minimum of three treatments. For most mental health treatment plans, we recommend a regime of eight treatments over eight weeks. After your initial treatment plan is completed, “booster” IV infusions are based on your perceptions of returning symptoms.
Investment: $300 per IM treatment
Sublingual Troche. A troche, (pronounced “trokey”), is a small, waxy tablet designed to dissolve slowly over 10 minutes or so when placed under the tongue, much like a cough drop. Your oral ketamine treatment will last for 1.5 to 2 hours, and we require a minimum of three treatments. For most mental health treatment plans, we recommend a regime of four to eight treatments over eight weeks or several months. After your initial treatment plan is completed, “booster” sublingual treatments are based upon your perceptions of returning symptoms. Investment:
Investment: $275 per Sublingual treatment
Sublingual Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Treatments
Initial Treatments: If you have a therapist that is trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and you would like to have your sublingual ketamine treatments in their office and under their supervision, Wyoming Wellness Center providers can assist you in accomplishing that goal. We will work with you and your KAP/mental health therapist in developing a plan of care and dosing regimen. We will send in a ketamine troche prescription to be delivered to you at home. You will then take the ketamine troches with you to your appointment with your KAP therapist and take the troches as directed on your prescription and by your KAP therapist.
Booster Treatments: After your initial treatment plan is completed, “booster” sublingual treatments are based on you and your KAP therapist’s perceptions of returning symptoms. Investment: $50 for an every 2 month, 20 minute, office or telehealth visit + Prescription Price.
We accept credit/debit cards, cash, or cashiers checks made payable to Wyoming Wellness Center. HSA and FSA health spending accounts can also be used to pay for ketamine therapy services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Won’t My Insurance Cover Ketamine Treatments?
Over the last 15+ years, ketamine has been used successfully in treating severe mental health and chronic pain disorders. However, because it is not approved by the FDA for this secondary use, almost all insurance companies will not pay for ketamine infusion therapy.
HSA and FSA Accounts: While you can use your HSA or FSA funds to cover the cost of ketamine treatments, insurances do not yet cover ketamine treatments because they do not have FDA approval yet.
Superbills and Preauthorization: Some insurance companies will pay for a portion of some of the services we provide. You should check with your insurance company representative to find out specific requirements and limitations of this coverage. We will be happy to provide you with a superbill to send to your insurance, as well as assist you in the preparation of insurance forms if you feel there is a chance your insurance company will pay for these services. The hourly rate of $100 will apply.
Working Outside of Insurance Provides Some Benefits to You: Any insurance claim requires a medical diagnosis, proof of other therapies tried, as well as countless other requirements to authorize treatment, and you might not be approved for the treatment even if you are the perfect candidate. Even worse, the insurance company puts limitations on your treatment and care. For example, it determines how many sessions are appropriate for your treatment, regardless of where you are in the healing process. By working out of insurance, we are able to choose how frequently we want to meet, and we do not have to terminate treatment on the whim of a third party, such as your insurance company.
Do I need to stop taking my medication to receive a ketamine treatment?
Ketamine is an incredible treatment option for many reasons, one of which is the fact that if you are on most antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications, you can continue taking your medication as prescribed. During your initial consultation, your provider will work with you to make sure that ketamine therapy is an appropriate treatment based on the medications you are taking and your medical history.
There are a few medications that must be worked around if you receive ketamine therapy. Avoid taking a benzodiazepine (ex. Ativan, Xanax) and opioid pain medications (ex. Hydrocodone/oxycodone) for at least 2 hours (4 hours if you can) after your infusion.
Lamictal, generic name, lamotrigine is one of those medications. Clients should allow 12 hours between their last Lamictal dose and the start of their ketamine therapy. Patients should wait at least 6 hours after your infusion before resuming the use of Lamictal.
MAOI’s, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, is another medication that requires certain care around ketamine infusions. Some common generic/brand names are Isocarboxazid (Marplan), Phenelzine (Nardil), Selegiline (Emsam), and Tranylcypromine (Parnate). Clients cannot take any MAOIs within 2 weeks of an infusion.
Why do you require that I see a mental health provider?
It is required that you see a mental health counselor before, during, and after your Ketamine infusions for mental health conditions.
It is highly recommended that you see a mental health counselor before, during, and after your Ketamine infusions for pain conditions.
Ketamine infusions may help with your depression and pain but are not intended to be a substitute for regular care by your mental health and or primary care provider. Ketamine is a tool to improve your overall health, not a cure. Therefore, we require that you maintain all regularly scheduled visits with your primary care physician, psychiatrist, and /or mental health therapist.
State of mind and mental health have an incredible impact on your physical health, and we approach your wellness by looking at the whole picture: mental and physical.
Our holistic approach doesn’t stop there. We recommend that you set intentions for your inner work and make sure you are relaxed before your IV Ketamine session and do things that promote a calm mind before your treatments like meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and journaling.
We also offer additional services at the Wyoming Wellness Center such as acupuncture, myofascial release, massage and other non-habit-forming treatment types.
What should I do to prepare for my ketamine treatment sessions? What should I do after my ketamine treatment sessions?
Your provider will discuss intake and discharge instructions with you before your treatments as well as provide you with paper copies of these instructions in detail. One of the many benefits of working with Wyoming Wellness Center: we have ketamine treatments down to an art, and we have the licensure and knowledge to back up what we do. We will make sure you feel prepared every step of the way!
What safety precautions do I need to take before my treatment?
Ketamine has been used in clinical settings for decades and is an incredibly safe medicine. We do ask that you follow these guidelines before any treatment at our clinic:
You must refrain from alcohol, marijuana (CBD if fine), and all other illegal substances 24 hours prior to and following ketamine administration. You must not be using illicit drugs while receiving ketamine therapy.
You must tell your Ketamine Provider about all medications you are taking, especially narcotic pain relievers, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, MAOIs, the drug Lamictal, and muscle relaxers.
If you experience a minor side effect while you are at home, you should contact Wyoming Wellness Center at (307-532-3035) or text at 307-338-0446 - Monday-Friday 8a-5p, otherwise, contact your primary medical provider or if it is an emergency call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.
What are the possible side effects of a ketamine treatment?
Possible experiences during your treatment include changes in mental sensation (for example, a floating sensation, vivid dreams, or a sense of peacefulness) and bodily sensations (for example, increased saliva or thirst, increased heart rate, or decreased blood pressure), these are common and expected. During your intake and discharge, common and rare side effects will be discussed in detail with you and a paper copy of this information in detail will be provided to you. Your treatment will be monitored by a trained and licensed health care provider.
I want to learn more about ketamine for depression. What resources are available to me?
In addition to our articles regarding the use of ketamine for chronic pain and depression, we recommend exploring the links below for further information.
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At Wyoming Wellness Center, we offer the best possible care in our state-of-the-art facility. Our compassionate and highly experienced teams consists of providers and staff who have carefully considered the research and results of IV ketamine therapy.
You don’t have to suffer from mental health issues like severe cases of depression, anxiety, PTSD, postpartum depression, or suicidal ideation. Ketamine therapy could offer significant relief. In addition to mental health relief, Wyoming Wellness Center uses ketamine infusions to help treat chronic pain.
Wyoming Wellness Center is your best option for treatment because of our amazing staff, competitive pricing, and love and compassion for our patients. Located only two hours from Fort Collins and three hours from Denver, we are also easily accessible to Colorado Residents seeking affordable and personalized relief from chronic pain.