Ketamine and ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to treat pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a decades-old, FDA-approved medication that, when used at a subanesthetic dose, is a rapid, safe, and highly effective treatment for pain and mental illness

Our Perspectives on Ketamine

What We Treat

Our mission is to help people live healthier, more fulfilling lives; we offer ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) because we believe preparation and integration are essential

Our Patient Testimonials

Our Process

1. Book a free consultation to see if our IV ketamine treatment is right for you
2. Complete the patient intake form which we use to carefully review your medical history
3. Schedule your six IV ketamine infusion appointments
4. Meet with our licensed therapist to prepare for your first IV ketamine infusion
5. Begin integration by working with us and your other healthcare professionals

Our Setting

We created a tranquil, modern space in our beautiful downtown location

Our Team

Our priority is to provide you with an unmatched transformational experience that starts with safety

Libby Fox, Clinic Manager

As clinic manger and Dr. Rivas' fiancée, Libby oversees the day-to-day operations at Innerbloom, ensuring our patients have the best possible experience.

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Libby Fox, Clinic Manager

Alisa Piette, LMFT

Alisa has called the Central Coast home since 1993. She has over two decades of experience as a licensed therapist and is thrilled to serve as a compassionate guide for patients of Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy.

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Alisa Piette, LMFT

Justin Chernow, PhD

Justin was raised in Connecticut and relocated to the Central Coast in 2008. He earned his Bachelor's degree in anthropology from Pomona College, followed by a Master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He obtained his license as a psychologist in 2011.

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Justin Chernow, PhD

Cindy Nelson, LMFT

Cindy grew up in Southern California and moved to the Central Coast in 2004. She received a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University, a Master’s Degree from Chapman University and became a licensed marriage family therapist in 2013.

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Cindy Nelson, LMFT

Ray Rivas, MD

Dr Rivas is a board-certified, acute care and trauma surgeon with over 11 years' experience administering ketamine. Before founding Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy PC in 2022, Dr Rivas worked on the frontlines of emergency and trauma medicine in Santa Maria, CA, and Austin, TX.

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Ray Rivas, MD

Eli, Golden Retriever

Eli is one of seven pups from a small town in the central valley of California called Hanford. She's our official Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy brand ambassador and regularly greets and holds space for our patients who are receiving their IV ketamine infusions.

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Eli, Golden Retriever

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Our Location

We are the first ketamine infusion clinic in San Luis Obispo and are proud to serve the beautiful Central Coast of California

Call us at (805) 321-8471
Email us at Ray@innerbloomkt.com

FAQs

What conditions do you not treat? Who should not receive ketamine?

Ketamine therapy will not be offered to individuals with uncontrolled hypertension, unstable heart disease, significant active substance abuse, pregnancy, glaucoma, psychosis, schizophrenia, type 1 bipolar disorder, or severe liver disease

Can I drive home after treatment?

No. Driving or operating heavy machinery can be dangerous as the effects of the medication can last hours after treatment has stopped. Patients require a ride home after therapy.

Is ketamine covered by insurance?

Currently, IV ketamine is not covered by insurance. However, we anticipate that this may change as awareness grows regarding the applications, efficacy, and safety of ketamine. We have the capability to generate superbills, essentially invoices that include specific procedure and diagnosis codes. Following the completion of your infusion, upon your request, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company. Depending on your insurance provider, you may be reimbursed for a percentage or potentially the entire cost of your treatment.

Does ketamine always work?

Treatment resistance occurs in approximately 15–20% of patients. If you do not experience improvement in mood after the treatment series, we encourage you to stop.

Are there other options besides IV ketamine? What if I am fearful of needles or an IV?

We also offer intramuscular (IM) ketamine. IM ketamine is effective, safe, and an option for people who have an aversion to an IV.

What is the dose of ketamine?

Ketamine is administered at a sub-anesthetic dosage, with an initial dose of 0.5 mg per kilogram of body weight. The dosage may be modified or increased during subsequent infusions, or it can be maintained at the same level based on your diagnosis and response.

How well does ketamine work?

Research shows responses rate of 70% or greater for depression. The antidepressant effects after a single ketamine infusion result in reduction of depressive symptoms starting at 40–60 min, peak at one day and lasts 5-7 days. Response rates for other mental illnesses are less well defined. But stay tuned as further research is ongoing and coming soon!

How long is a treatment session?

Standard IV infusions are 40 minutes, although patients may stay for up to 90 minutes to allow for effects to wear off. Onset is 4 minutes, duration about 40 minutes, and expect 2-3 hours for the effects to dissipate. Intramuscular injection effects are immediate since the entire dose of ketamine is given at one time. These patients may leave when they choose although we encourage staying at least 40 minutes after injection.

Do I need a referral?

Although a referral is not required, we encourage and welcome open communication with other members of your healthcare team with your consent. We carefully assess your medical and psychiatric history, including current and past medications and therapies.

Do you prescribe oral ketamine?

We do not prescribe oral ketamine or any other form of ketamine for at-home use. For more detailed information on why we follow this policy, please follow this link - https://www.innerbloomketamine.com/blog/be-very-cautious-of-at-home-ketamine-therapy

How am I going to feel during treatment?

Common experiences include the sensation of floating or the sensation of watching yourself over your physical body. As a dissociative anesthetic, you may experience the so called “out of body” feeling with separation of mind and body. If you experience undesired or unpleasant sensations, the infusion can be stopped if treatment is given intravenously. However, this is not the case for oral, nasal, or intramuscular routes of administration. In this case, one must wait for the effects to wear off. A health care provider is closely monitoring you and can help if anything becomes uncomfortable such as nausea or anxiety. Additionally, our golden retriever, Eli, is usually available during your infusion for love and support.

How many treatments will I need?

Therapy is broken down into an induction phase and a maintenance phase. The induction phase consists of six infusions over a course of 2-6 weeks, while the maintenance phase is offered as needed following induction which typically involves returning once a month, once every other month, or even longer depending on your needs and state of mind. We offer a package of six infusions typically over a course of 2-6 weeks. We can tailor infusions to fit your schedule. For example, we can offer one infusion per week for six weeks or two infusions every week for 3 weeks, etc. We individualize therapy protocols based on your response and your schedule, although we encourage multiple sessions over a short period of time.

What illnesses do you treat?

Depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum depression, fibromyalgia, and bipolar depression.

Can I eat before therapy, or should I come on an empty stomach?

We recommend fasting for three hours before therapy, as some patients have reported experiencing nausea with a full stomach. However, we encourage you to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

What side effects might I experience?

Some experience side effects like nausea or fatigue during or after therapy, however, this is typically at higher doses. One can expect a mild elevation of blood pressure and heart rate during therapy, hence the importance of close monitoring and careful screening of patient’s medical history prior to treatment. We do have medications to treat anxiety, nausea, and changes in heart rate or blood pressure.

Can I bring a family member or a friend?

Certainly. If having friends or family present during treatment makes you more comfortable, then, by all means, feel free to invite them. Additionally, please arrange for someone other than yourself to provide transportation for your journey back home.

Should I keep taking my medications?

Please continue to take your medication as directed. We will thoroughly review all of your medications to ensure there are no interactions. It's important to note that if you are using benzodiazepines or Lamictal, ketamine may not be as effective, and adjustments or increases in ketamine dosage may be required.

Do I continue to follow up with my primary doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other therapist?

We encourage you to continue your current means of therapy, especially if they provide benefits to you. We anticipate that your current medications and therapy may work even better after ketamine. It is not uncommon for patients to taper doses or completely discontinue their medications after a series of ketamine infusions. However, please note that discontinuing medications such as antidepressants should be done under close monitoring and guidance from your prescribing physician or provider.