Nikola Ognyenovits, MD, FRACGP, FACRRM, FAChAM
I am present, I tune in and I support you in your own process of healing.
I am an Addiction Medicine specialist in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating as M.D. in 1987, I trained and worked in psychiatry, general practice, anaesthetics, emergency medicine and aeromedical retrievals. I worked in rural and remote Australia for 20 years before settling in Brisbane. I was introduced to non-ordinary states of consciousness through Holotropic Breathwork. I completed six modules with Grof Transpersonal Training. I had the privilege of learning from Stanislav Grof and Tav Sparks. I co-facilitated breathwork sessions in Queensland. Over the past thirteen years I participated in various ceremonies around the world and experienced a variety of medicines. After training with The Ketamine Training Center in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), I started to incorporate KAP into my private practice, as ketamine is the only legally accessible psychedelic medicine currently in Australia. I was trained by MAPS in MDMA Assisted Therapy for PTSD trials. I am a clinician with experience in mainstream medicine, mental health and addictions as well as acute and critical care and nutritional medicine. I am familiar with transcendental spaces, with both personal experiences and supporting clients through their processes.
Ketamine assisted psychotherapy program includes screening, preparation sessions (60m mins), observed and supported on-site ketamine session (3 - 3.5 hours) and integration sessions (60 mins). Further ketamine sessions are arranged dependent on need and suitability. Sublingual ketamine lozenges/troches are only used in observed and supported therapy sessions on site. Ketamine sessions are conducted on weekends. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is part of a therapeutic process. A commitment to several appointments for supportive psychotherapy helping to integrate your experience outside ketamine sessions is essential. It is important that you are engaged in established counselling/psychotherapy with a qualified counsellor before commencing ketamine assisted psychotherapy with Dr Ognyenovits. The beneficial effects of ketamine are blocked by some common medications, particularly by benzodiazepines (diazepam, temazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam, oxazepam etc.), ‘Z-drugs’ (zopiclone, zolpidem) and lamotrigine (Lamictal, Lamidus etc.) If you are on multiple psychotropic medications the effects will be reduced. Ketamine therapy is NOT suitable for you if you: • have an active, current drug or alcohol addiction/dependence • have a history of psychotic illness/schizophrenia • have an unstable/severe personality disorder • are in a current psychological or existential crisis • are pregnant, breastfeeding or not using contraception • have untreated high blood pressure • have unstable angina • have high risk coronary vascular disease • have severe liver disease • have untreated thyroid disease • have elevated intracranial pressure, brain tumour, high pressure hydrocephalus • have elevated intraocular pressure, glaucoma • currently taking certain prescription medications, as above • ketamine may cause a mild headache or trigger migraine in some people If you are female, you are requested to arrange and bring a support person to be present in the room during ketamine sessions, Dr Ognyenovits will not be able to support your sessions alone while you are under the effects of ketamine. Dr Nikola Ognyenovits is an addiction medicine specialist physician, you will need a referral from your GP or psychiatrist to see him. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is privately billed and it is not recognised and covered by private health funds or DVA.