Am I Ready for Ketamine Therapy?

A guide to help you understand if you're ready to begin ketamine therapy

If you’re interested in ketamine therapy, but not sure if you’re ready to get started, this guide is for you.

We’ll break it down into two parts:

  1. Am I ready for ketamine therapy?
  2. Are I ready to start Curio?

Our comprehensive approach to ketamine therapy is an investment toward your mental health and there are a few important things to consider.

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Part 1: Am I ready for ketamine therapy?

There are two things we find very important to consider before starting ketamine therapy.

1. Do you understand what you’re about to experience?

Here is an overview of how we approach ketamine therapy. For any psychedelic experience, it’s important to understand what’s going to happen and how it might feel. This is all part of the preparation stage for any psychedelic experience. At Curio, we build this into the first few weeks to ensure you feel properly prepared for the ketamine treatment.

2. Are you in the right mindset?

The mindset you go into any psychedelic experience with greatly affects your overall experience. This includes knowing what you’re about to experience, but also priming your mind and setting an intention prior to your treatment. In the initial preparation weeks, you’ll have a call with your Curio Coach and receive curated content and exercises to help you get into the right mindset.

If your ketamine therapy is through us, your Curio Coach will ensure you’ve checked off both of these before your first treatment.

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Part 2: Are you ready to start Curio?

We believe that proper support and willingness to put in the work are two factors to consider before getting started with Curio.

1. Do you have a supportive community around you?

It’s important to have friends and family who are willing to support you throughout your experience and even beyond. Some people in your life may not understand what you’ll be going through even though they want to support you. We have this guide to help you navigate these conversations. A big part of our Curio experience is ensuring every member feels fully supported by their Curio team (coach and physician) throughout their journey and address any gaps in their current care, including coordinating with their therapist or other providers. We will also have opportunities for you to connect to other Curio members through virtual group activities and integration sessions.

In addition to having a community around you that you can talk openly to about your experiences as needed, you will need someone to be physically present with you during your ketamine session to ensure your safety. Although you will be virtually monitored by your coach during each ketamine session, this person is required so your coach can contact someone physically with you in the unlikely case of an emergency.

2. Are you ready to put in the work?

We design our approach around 3 main parts: preparation, ketamine treatment, and integration. The preparation and integration stages are where the work come in. You can expect to work in combination with your Curio Coach, your therapist (when applicable), and on your own through curated educational content and journaling. The preparation phase helps you get into the proper mindset for the ketamine experience, and the integration phase helps you process anything that might have surfaced during treatment and also helps you implement resulting learnings and behaviors into your everyday life.

You can anticipate spending about 1 hour toward Curio per week in the preparation and integration phases, which includes any coaching calls and self-guided exercises. Therapy sessions would be additional to this. The ketamine session typically takes between 1-2 hours and will include a 20-minute coaching debrief session the following day.

If you’re still exploring, book a free discovery call with a Curio team member. If you’re ready to take action, get started on your Curio journey today 🎉

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