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Digital Seminar

New Models for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Seema Desai, MD
1 Hour 01 Minutes
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Jul 27, 2022
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There has been emerging evidence for the efficacy of ketamine used within the framework of psychotherapy, known as ketamine assisted psychotherapy. However, there are large differences between ketamine “clinics” and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy which can be offered in a community-based therapy setting. In this recording, we’ll look at some of those differences and ways to further integrate KAP into therapy settings.

Ketamine is an FDA approved medication that has been used for anesthesia and pain relief in adults and children for many years. It has been researched and utilized off label for the treatment of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other “treatment resistant” mental health disorders. Thus far it has shown promising results in treating mental health disorders in clinical research studies mostly looking at IV Ketamine infusion offered in clinic settings.  


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Seema Desai, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with a clinical interest in the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry. She integrates principles of mindfulness into her work with patients and teaches mindfulness and mental health. She has a been a study therapist in research, examining the effects of psilocybin for the treatment of depressive disorder and existential anxiety related to end-stage cancer diagnosis. She is currently a study therapist in a MAPS trial examining the effects of MDMA for the treatment of PTSD. She offers psychopharmacology treatment and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in her private practice. She is an assistant trainer with Fluence. For 10 years, she has served as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and the NYU World Trade Center Health Program treating 9/11 first responders. She co-edited a book published by the American Psychiatric Association titled Becoming Mindful: Integrating Mindfulness into Your Psychiatric Practice.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Seema Desai maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with New York University, MAPS New York Private Practice Site, and Fluence Training. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Seema Desai has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Differentiate between ketamine therapy and ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
  2. Evaluate at least 2 emerging models of ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
  3. Catalogue the challenges of providing ketamine assisted therapy in a community setting.


  • Ketamine use for the treatment of mental health disorders 
  • Several emerging models of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP)  
  • Prescriber-therapist collaboration 
  • Individual vs. Group 
  • Standard protocol vs client tailored treatment 
  • Clinic vs home use vs Telehealth practice 
  • The challenges of providing KAP in a community-based setting

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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