Ketamine Therapy for Mood Disorders

Relief from depression, anxiety, and pain within hours.

Learn More About Ketamine Therapy

For years we have been committed to wellness therapies. Dr. Ken Starr started as a specialist treating patients with substance use disorders and learned that “ dual diagnosis” patients are the norm and not the exception; meaning most patients with a substance use disorder also have anxiety, depression, and pain. For several years we’ve also become experts in IV infusions that target addiction behavior. That’s why the NAD+ Brain Restoration Therapy Program was implemented. As ketamine therapies have proven effective, it’s a natural extension that we would implement ketamine into our programs to maximize treatment options for our patients.

Ketamine works faster and has less side effects than typical antidepressant therapies

Yes, it is. However, the doses used in our infusion program are significantly lower than those used in the setting of recreational drug use. The development of addiction in this setting would be unlikely.

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist. This is the area of your brain that has a role in pain perception, memory, learning. Ketamine  can reset this region. Ketamine appears to prime the brain for making new connections and learning.

At this time, ketamine is used for severe depression and chronic pain syndromes. About 15% of people treated for depression will be resistant to traditional methods. The depression can be the depressed phase of bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Pain syndrome include chronic headaches, reflex sympathetic dystrophy ( complex regional pain syndromes) and fibromyalgia.

Ketamine does increase blood pressure and heart rate. Patients are required to have a normal blood pressure prior to infusion. Emergence reactions can occur as well. This is when patients come out of the sedated state and have terrors or severe anxiety. Medications can be administered if this occurs and this syndrome is brief.

Patients feel “intoxicated” or like “floating”. Often time they feel “disconnected”. The medication is given over a 40 minutes period with another 15 minutes for patients to recover.

Chill. Bring an eye mask or music if you like. You really won’t be able to carry on a conversation. You’ll be in a comfortable recliner in a room by yourself during the infusion. A nurse or physician will be frequently checking in on you.

Some patients will know within 1 hour after the infusion. Most patients within 24 hours will feel more hopeful, happier and more content. Some patients report increased calmness and an overall better outlook. Over the course of treatment further improvements are seen.

Yes. We are consultants who provide the Ketamine Procedure. We are happy to offer our therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioner for your services if you like.

Patients know in just 4-5 treatments if Ketamine is helping them. We recommend 6 treatments initially over a 2-3 week period. Patients will need to do boosters frequently to maintain their response. The total treatment program is uniquely dependent on each individual’s circumstances.

Depression: the results can last from a couple of days to a few weeks. However, when the treatments are stacked the results are longer lasting.

Pain: Infusing Ketamine for pain results is different than a mental health indication. The infusions for pain are longer and are stacked together. The initial treatments may only result in pain relief for a few hours. However, longer infusions stacked together have a cumulative responsive and the results can last weeks to months. Boosters monthly should be expected if a patient has a good response.

For Depression and Mood Conditions: Each 40-minute infusion is $450.00

For pain Indications like regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia, the infusion is 2-4 hours. The investment range is $800- $1600. Package pricing is available for some services.

Ketamine Assessment-$295.00 (upon approval assessment will apply towards package)

Insurance doesn’t cover the costs of the Ketamine Infusion as this treatment is not FDA approved and is considered off label and experimental.

Relief from depression, anxiety, and pain within hours!

Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that works by blocking the brain’s receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate. It is believed to be effective in treating mental health disorders because it can help to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It also has been found to be effective in treating chronic pain, as it can help to reduce inflammation and decrease pain levels.

One of the main benefits of ketamine therapy is that they are relatively quick and easy to administer. The infusion is usually done as an outpatient procedure and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete. The drug is administered intravenously, and the patient can usually go home shortly after the infusion is complete.

Another benefit of ketamine therapy is that they have been found to be very effective for anxiety and PTSD treatment. Studies have shown that the drug can help to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in as little as one week. Additionally, ketamine therapy has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of chronic pain, including joint pain, muscle pain, and headaches.

The success of ketamine infusions has led to the drug being used more widely as an option for anxiety treatment and other mental and physical health issues. It is important to note, however, that, like other natural remedies for anxiety, ketamine infusions are not recommended for everyone and should only be used under the supervision of a qualified medical professional.

Our ketamine infusions protocols come in 6-8 session packages. You will need to be assessed and cleared through our physician before treatments begin. Come by or give us a call for a complimentary consult to learn how together we are changing the minds every day and in every way.

Ketamine infusions have become increasingly popular in recent years as a treatment for a variety of mental and physical health issues, including chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. While the drug has been used in medical settings since the 1960s, its more recent use as a treatment for mental health disorders has been met with much success.

Our Ketamine infusions protocols come in 6-8 session packages. You will be need to be assessed and cleared through our physician before treatments begin. Come by or give us a call for a complimentary consult to learn how together we are changing the minds every day and in every way.

What to Bring to a Therapeutic Ketamine Infusion Session

In the treatment of mood disorders and chronic pain, low-dose ketamine infusions induce short-term psychogenic and dissociative side effects that can be predictive of an effective and sustained relief outcome.

With that knowledge, we emphasize the importance of one’s mindset and physical environment, known as “set and setting”. Based on patient feedback and our clinical experience, here are some considerations to optimize your ketamine experience. Keep in mind that each individual and infusion session are unique.


Wear non-restrictive, non-abrasive clothing that maintains your ideal external body temperature. Do you get cold easily? Consider layering or bringing a blanket. Conversely, wear short sleeved shirts and/or shorts, if you tend to get hot or sweaty indoors. Blankets, heaters, and fans are available at the sanctuary wellness


Auditory processing at the right resonance can enhance the ketamine experience by unraveling the mind’s deep layers of consciousness. We highly encourage the use of music or therapeutic sounds through a portable audio device with headphones. While our patients have indicated a preference for noise canceling headphones, there has been no distinction between the use of earbuds vs over-the-ear headphones. White noise machines and guest WIFI are available in the clinic.


Listen to instrumental playlists, such as ambient electronic or synthesized sounds that are rhythmic, droning, and devoid of lyrics. Immerse yourself in sounds that evoke a positive, open and welcoming experience. Avoid anything that provokes negative emotions and thoughts. Craft a playlist for the entire treatment duration. Trial Spotify and check out ketamine playlists. Suggested playlists included: 3 Eric Sienknecht - A Ketamine Playlist, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, Ketamine Saved Me, or Harvard Classical Music.


While some individuals prefer an open eye experience in a dark room with soft illumination, others find eye covering more immersive during their ketamine experience. We suggest loose fitting masks that cup over the eyes. Clean eye masks are available in the clinic. Each infusion room is equipped with remote-controlled ambient floor lighting and a Himalyian salt lamp.


Take advantage of the post-infusion decompression to be reflective and introspective on your experience. It does not have to be perfect, just write down what comes to mind.


We do have an open-door policy if you prefer to have your personal therapist accompany you during treatment. We have had patients’ therapists video-conference, telephone, or sit in the room.


Even though you are pretty much back to normal after the recovery period, ketamine still has some residual effects on balance, cognition, and reflexes. Motor vehicle operation is restricted for the remainder of the day. Image of a feather floating above an open hand.


Above all, bring an open mind willing to integrate the ketamine experience into something transformative. Things to keep in mind prior to infusion.


  • Disconnect from social media and news 24 hours prior to your infusion.
  • Give yourself some time devoid of distractions and interruptions.
  • Reflect with gratitude on the positive elements of your life.
  • Set an intention prior to infusion. Whether broad or specific, focus what you would like to experience or resolve as a work in progress.
  • Have more questions about ketamine? Schedule a consultation, and follow us on social media to review notices about future ketamine information sessions.

Call The Sanctuary MD Wellness Center
To schedule your Sessions
Very limited Seating.
Sessions begin on Tuesdays 3:30
Time at clinic is 2 hrs.
Must have someone drive you.
Sessions are typically 45 min. Long.


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