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Ketamine Treatment Process


A comprehensive medical clearance exam and a preparatory session are required before beginning all ketamine therapy options. This exam is offered both in person and virtually by our two prescribing clinicians.

A medical clearance exam includes a detailed medical and psychological history, as well as other tests or exams if deemed necessary.

This element of the treatment process ensures that ketamine therapy is specifically safe for you, allows a space for you to be supported in fully understanding what ketamine therapy entails and your unique preparatory needs.


Guidance in setting an intention, exploring set and setting, and cultivating curiosity and openness are key elements of preparation for your ketamine experience.

Patients can expect to come away from a preparatory session having addressed these elements, as well as having explored their personal goals and hopes for ketamine treatment.

Both medical clearance exams and preparatory sessions offer you a space to begin the process of anchoring your intentions for ketamine therapy, though the preparatory session is uniquely dedicated to this element of the treatment process.


Support on your ketamine journey is vital. We connect with you the day after IV and IM ketamine sessions with a check in call, and offer the option of individual or group integration sessions with our trained therapists during the neuroplastic window following a ketamine session. These 24-96 hours are the a crucial time for supporting neural growth and changes in neural connection.

You are also highly encouraged to schedule an appointment with one of our integration therapists or your personal therapist in this “neuroplastic” window.

A monthly check in visit with a prescribing provider is also required during home ketamine lozenge therapy.

1. Medical Clearance Exam

What you can expect: Discussion of your full medical and psychological history, as well as the beginnings of a discussion of your intentions, hopes and desires for ketamine treatment with Dr. Carrie Griffin or Mariel Bosserman, NP.
$250 to $375 on a sliding scale (1 hour)
In office and virtual appointments available.
A phone consultation is required prior to scheduling a medical clearance exam.

2. Preparation Session

What you can expect: What you can expect: A discussion of the importance of set and setting, setting an intention, common side effects and how the ketamine space may feel and how to care for yourself before and after a ketamine session. Session with Melissa Sandeen, LMFT
In office and virtual appointments available.
$150 (1 hour)

3. Ketamine Medicine Session

Treatment options, including route of medication and number of treatments, based on your needs and provider recommendations.

In Office Sessions

Sublingual Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)Session

$250 (2 hours)

IV Ketamine Infusion - Infusion only, no psychotherapy

$500 (90 minutes)

Intramuscular or Intravenous Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Session

$845 (2.5-3 hours)

Group IM KAP - Must have had one previous,or a series of IM sessions prior


Home Therapy

Sublingual Ketamine lozenges - 2-3 hours self directed at home

$75 to $120 - 30 lozenges

4. Integrations Sessions

Optional, but highly recommended to reinforce and anchor the effects of ketamine therapy.

Individual Integration Sessions

Individual Integration Session With Therapist

$150 (1 hour)

Individual Psychedelic Coaching

$35 (30 min)

$65 (60 min)

Individual Integration Session With Prescribing Clinician

$100 (30 min)

$200 (1 hour)

Group Integration Sessions

$25-100 Sliding Scale

Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm

Melissa Sandeen, LMFT and Evonne Halligan, LMFT

In addition to or in place of an integration session through our office, you are encouraged to schedule a session with your personal therapist in the neuroplastic window 24-96 hours after a ketamine session.

5. Breathwork Sessions

Individual Breathwork Session

$125 (1 hour)

Group Breathwork Session
4 participants at a time

$50 per person / (2 hours)

Integrative Palliative and End of Life Care

For those that are grappling with symptom challenges, confusion with medical decision making, and overwhelming emotional and psycho-spiritual distress in the face of medical illness that might take away life, Dr. Michael Fratkin will meet and explore the experience you are having and the options available. Dr. Fratkin is board certified in palliative and internal medicine and has been deeply involved in the Humboldt community for nearly thirty years. For some, that may include recommendations to primary and specialty providers by enhancing access to services and resources to help navigate this incredibly difficult phase of life. For others, it may mean offering ketamine assisted psychotherapy or psychedelic assisted integration work here at the Center for New Growth.

Sliding Scale

To honor equity and access to services that are not yet considered to be mainstream, we offer a sliding scale for some session types. We hold 15-20% of visit slots for sliding scale patients each month. Please inquire directly about the availability of these slots.

Consider Paying More on the Scale if You:

  • Travel recreationally.
  • Work part time by choice.
  • Can afford to take time off.
  • Regularly eat out, buy new clothes and attend cultural events without worrying much about your budget.
  • Own the home you live in.
  • Have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money.
  • Have access to family money and resources in times of need.
  • Have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, racial or gender privilege or class background (even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, consider this as a choice).

Consider Paying Less on the Scale if You:

  • Are not always able to meet basic needs.
  • Do not have health insurance.
  • Rarely buy new items because you are unable to afford them.
  • Are supporting children or have other dependents.
  • Have been denied work due to incarceration history.
  • Have faced employment discrimination.
  • Have immigration-related expenses.
  • Are an elder with limited financial support.
  • Have medical expenses not covered by insurance.
  • Are an unpaid community organizer.
  • Make under $18,000/year (not because you are working part-time by choice)

Center For New Growth

2505 Lucas Street, Suite B
Eureka, CA 95501
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