Non-ordinary states include various mental states in which the mind can be aware but is not in its usual wakeful condition, such as during hypnosis, meditation, hallucination, trance, and the dream stage. Altered states can occur anywhere from yoga class to childbirth. They allow us to see our lives and ourselves with a broader lens and from different angles of perception than the ordinary mind. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shift/201508/altered-states-consciousness
Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has its roots in traditional psychotherapy, however can rely on medicines (organic and synthesized) that induce non-ordinary states of consciousness to catalyze the therapeutic process (LSD, DMT, Psilocybin, Ketamine, Marijuana, MDMA, Ibogaine, etc.)
Currently, Ketamine is the only legal medicine that has the potential to induce a non-ordinary state of consciousness and the only medicine approved by the FDA. Ketamine is approved by the FDA for pain management and is also used as "off-label" for diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety, and treatment resistant depression.
No. Currently, insurance companies reimburse Ketamine therapy for pain management only. Ketamine is also used for treatment resistant depression, although this is also considered "off label" by the FDA and not covered by insurance. We are able to accept insurance (Aetna, Cigna, United, Optum and BCBS) for Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy preparation and integration sessions, as these are standard psychotherapy sessions.
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