You have chosen to begin Ketamine-Assisted Therapy to learn more about your unconscious memories, beliefs, feelings, and patterns. You have the date for your first session and a therapist you feel safe and comfortable with. But before you embark on this new venture in your healing journey, it is important to consider what you can do to get the most out of your experience. The medicine used in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy aids in revealing unconscious information, bringing forth new perspectives, and processing difficult material, but it is not the only factor that ensures a fruitful session. The set and setting, or the mindset and environment, are also important to your journey. These components can be planned for in advance in order to prepare before a session.
Intention setting describes the act of choosing what to focus on. Our minds easily wonder, so it can be helpful for both the therapist and the participant to know what material they plan on exploring during the session. If you are already working with a therapist, intention setting can be a collaborative choice based on your previous work together. Examples of intentions could be processing a trauma, understanding behaviors, reducing symptoms, analyzing relationships, or bringing attention to progress and joy. It is possible that you may want to change your intention after it has been determined. In this case, you can talk to your therapist about your new desired intention for the session. Deviating from your intention during the session is very common, as the medicine can take you on unexpected journeys. Your therapist will be there to guide you through safely and productively.
Music is often considered an integral part of a psychedelic-assisted therapy session. Music can lessen nervousness and tension and allow for better focus and surrendering during the journey. The type of music typically used is instrumental or simple electronic beats. Lyrical tracks are not common, as the words can be distracting and take away from the intended use of the music. You can bring your own music if you have specific preferences, but it is best to run this by your therapist to ensure you are on the same page. Therapists usually have their own music they can provide for the session as well.
The Day Of The Session
As your appointment time approaches on the day of the session, there are a few things you can do to feel prepared walking in. Physically caring for yourself is important to consider when setting yourself up for an optimal experience. Reducing or avoiding the consumption of alcohol, nicotine, and heavy foods the day of and even the night before is recommended. Dressing in comfortable clothing is another way to prepare physically by increasing relaxation. These measures can minimize distractions and make you feel your best for the session.
When your set and setting have been arranged, you can now put your energy towards your psychedelic-assisted therapy session. Remember your intentions, but be open to whatever the medicine brings forth. Learning and gaining insight occur when you let go and explore your mind, knowing you are safe and prepared for this experience!