In this podcast, Dr. Will Van Derveer, founder and Medical Director of the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center, shares his knowledge about Ketamine and its clinical uses in a psychiatric context. Ketamine has a long history in medicine, however, it is only recently that its healing benefits for treatment-resistant psychiatric patients are being discovered. When correctly used, it has been found to literally create breakthroughs for people with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, suicidality, and OCD.
Dr. Van Derveer explains the history and psychopharmacology of this medicine, and how it’s being administered in a clinical setting. He elaborates on what it’s like for a patient to under this treatment, how psychotherapy comes into play, an exploration into how it dissolves the ego defenses, and the deeper revelations a patient can have during the process.
Why ketamine works on treatment resistant patients [00:45]
How ketamine is administered [4:15]
Current research on ketamine [6:00]
The ego and how it is impacted by ketamine assisted psychotherapy [34:15]
The benefits from ketamine assisted psychotherapy [35:00]
Why psychotherapy is so important in conjunction with Ketamine usage [36:30]
What can really happen in a single session [46:45]