Polaris Insight Center in San Francisco, California uses a combination of ketamine and psychotherapy to treat conditions like depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, and more. This approach is also available for patients facing challenging life transitions, psycho-spiritual difficulties, and so on. The unique therapeutic experience is carried out by licensed psychologists and psychotherapists, who work in partnership with physicians who provide medical monitoring and supervision.
The five doctors who founded Polaris Insight Center are all MAPS (Multi-disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) trained, having participated in various Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. In addition, the entire Polaris staff has decades of combined experience administering MDMA for mental health purposes.
Overall, Polaris Insight Center works to support people in furthering their personal and professional development and enhance their overall sense of wellbeing.
What types of ketamine services does Polaris Insight Center offer?
Ketamine can be administered one of two ways:
Low to moderate dose ketamine lozenges
Low to higher dose intramuscular injections
What conditions do they treat?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Chronic pain syndromes
Polaris Insight Center is currently offering online Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and integration services. Regular in-person services are available by a limited amount of clinicians with special precautions.
These interim services are being offered to both current and new patients.
Due to many being impacted financially by COVID-19, Polaris Insight Center is offering a limited number of sliding-scale fees.
What to Expect at Polaris Insight Center
Initial sessions will involve an evaluation of your current problems, concerns, needs, and overall health, as well as the suitability of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy for you.
By the end of the evaluation period, Polaris Insight Center will offer you its clinical impressions and a recommended approach to treatment.
The goals of therapy are arrived at by mutual collaboration. These goals will be reviewed during the course of your work with the clinic in order to assess and/or modify the treatment according to your needs.
The treatment team will provide you individualized directions about food and medication intake.
Your therapist will be present for support and to guide you through any recommended relaxation exercises.
You will be invited to use an eye mask to facilitate and enhance the experience, and to help you maintain an internal focus. You will spend much of the session “going inside” or focusing on your internal experience. However, your therapist will check in with you periodically throughout your experience and may ask you questions from time to time.
You’ll remain consciously aware of where you are and responsive to your surroundings.
Your session will last approximately two hours.
As the effects of the medicine wear off, you will spend some time discussing your experience with your therapist, and then you may be asked to spend some time in the waiting area until your therapist feels it is safe for you to leave.
You can plan to spend three hours at the clinic on the day of treatment although this time may vary.
Online Sessions During COVID-19
Individual: Solo Session with Integration
Patients take the lozenge(s) on their own and then, in the latter part of the session, they connect with their provider, either through Zoom or phone or FaceTime, for processing and integration work. These higher-dose KAP sessions are 2 hours in duration.
Individual: Low-Dose Interpersonal Session
Patients take a smaller dose (half a lozenge or one full lozenge) and stay in an interactive process with the therapist the entire time over Zoom/Facetime/Phone. This session is 75 minutes in duration.
Group: KAP Group Therapy
Groups consist of 3-6 patients and meet online for 6 experiential lozenge sessions, along with a 60-minute preparation session and a 60-minute integration session. The group will run for approximately 1 month. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Eric Sienknecht and a nurse practitioner. A medical and psychological intake is required to determine candidacy for treatment.
Group: Online Booster Group
This is available for current and past patients of Polaris Insight Center who are in the maintenance phase of treatment.
Keep up with the availability of services being offered, both in-person and online, here.
Services for New Patients
Treatment Intake Session
A comprehensive 90-minute medical and psychological intake is required for all new patients prior to starting KAP treatment. The cost of the virtual intake is $350, while in-person intake is $450.
Integrative Psychiatry Online Sessions
Initial Psychiatric Evaluation: 90 minutes for $425.
Follow-up for medication management and integrative therapies: 30-45 minutes for $250.
All new patients are required to have a 50-minute preparation session before the first KAP session. Additional preparation sessions are provided as suggested for new. The fee for the virtual preparation session is $200, while in-person preparation sessions are $250.
Services for New & Existing Patients
Individual Integration Session
For those who are seeking additional support around their KAP sessions, Polaris Insight Center providers offer 50-minute integration sessions to support the KAP process.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Online Session
A Higher-dose KAP session is 2 hours in duration, with the fee for the virtual session being $600.
A virtual 3-hour session is $900.
An in-person 3-hour session is $950.
Solo Session with Integration
Low-dose Interpersonal Session
KAP Group Therapy
Online Booster Group
The fee for the virtual booster group is $350, while the in-person booster group is $650.