Chantel Ames, LMHCA

Mental Health Counselor
Seattle WA
In our work together, I honor the uniqueness of your individual journey and tailor our sessions to meet your specific needs and intentions. Before beginning ketamine-assisted therapy, we engage in thorough preparation to ensure your safety and readiness for the experience. During the ketamine sessions, I serve as a compassionate guide, accompanying you through the depths of your psyche and providing support as you navigate the terrain of your inner world. Following the ketamine experience, we engage in integrative work to process and integrate the insights and revelations that emerge. Through dialogue, reflection, and creative expression, we weave together the threads of your experience into a coherent narrative that deepens your understanding of yourself and illuminates the path forward. My role as your therapist is to walk alongside you on your journey of self-discovery, offering guidance, encouragement, and unwavering support as you uncover the inherent wisdom and healing potential within yourself. Together, we embark on a transformative journey of self-exploration and growth, harnessing the power of ketamine-assisted therapy to catalyze profound healing and awakening. As your guide and ally, I am committed to supporting you every step of the way as you reclaim your wholeness, embody your authenticity, and step into the fullness of your being.
As a ketamine-assisted psychotherapist, I draw upon a rich tapestry of clinical training and experiential knowledge to guide my clients towards healing and transformation. My journey began with a deep dive into the realm of transpersonal psychology, exploring the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, and embracing the potential for transcendent experiences to facilitate healing. Continually honing my skills in providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their inner landscapes and catalyze profound shifts in consciousness. I view ketamine as a powerful medicine - a sacred tool for accessing altered states of consciousness and facilitating profound inner journeys. With reverence and respect, I guide my clients through the realms of expanded awareness, where they can encounter aspects of themselves beyond the limitations of their everyday consciousness. In these transcendent spaces, profound insights, revelations, and healing can occur, paving the way for deep transformation and awakening.
In the journey of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, each step is carefully crafted to support your healing and transformation. Mental Health Assessment Before delving into ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, I conduct a thorough mental health assessment. This process is crucial for understanding your unique challenges, strengths, and therapy goals. We'll explore your mental health history, current symptoms, and past experiences with therapy or medication. This assessment serves as the foundation for tailoring your treatment plan to meet your individual needs and desire for healing. Medical Intake Ensuring your safety and well-being is paramount. During the medical intake process, your medical provider will conduct a comprehensive review of your medical history, including physical health concerns and medications. Collaboration with your primary care physician or psychiatrist is key to ensuring ketamine-assisted therapy is a safe option. Our goal is to create a supportive partnership among all members of your healthcare team to optimize your overall well-being. Preparation Psychotherapy Session Preparing for ketamine-assisted therapy goes beyond logistics. It involves deep inner preparation to cultivate the right mindset and intentions for your journey. In our preparation sessions, we explore your therapy goals, address any concerns, and create a safe and supportive environment where you feel empowered to explore your psyche with courage and curiosity. Ketamine Medicine Session The ketamine medicine session is a sacred voyage into consciousness, where profound healing can occur. Based on your prescribers assessment you will receive a carefully calibrated dose of ketamine in a comfortable setting. As the medicine takes effect, you may experience various sensations, emotions, and insights while exploring the depths of your mind. Depending on the setting, I can arrange to sit with you, offering guidance and support throughout the medicine session. Integration Psychotherapy Sessions The journey continues beyond the ketamine session. Integration sessions provide an opportunity to process and integrate the insights from your experience. Through dialogue, reflection, and creative expression, we explore the meaning of your journey and develop strategies for incorporating newfound wisdom into daily life. These sessions bridge the insights of the ketamine experience with everyday living, empowering you to live authentically with clarity, purpose, and joy.