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Mind by Design


Our Process Is Simple
Ketamine Assisted Therapy in New Jersey

Unconventional Therapy for unconventional people

Unlike ketamine clinics, our process emphasizes the therapeutic component of ketamine assisted therapy by providing 1:1 individual, therapy to our clients.


We like to keep our process as simple as possible, even when providing nontraditional therapies such as ketamine therapy. Our process is designed to be transformational & results driven through our collaborative approach with Journey Clinical, and our dedication to your holistic wellness.

Our Process is Simple,
See for yourself.

What Sets Our Process Apart

Instead of a standard 50-minute session with an IV, we use sublingual lozenges to support the gentle onset of effects during ketamine assisted therapy. Our process is unique, using a 1:1 approach ensuring you’re never alone. Our trained psychedelic therapists are with you every step of the way, whether online or in the comfort of your home.

At Mind by Design, our process is designed to offer a tailored experience to all clients. We don’t bind you to a fixed number of doses or sessions. Instead, our process adapts to your unique journey, ensuring therapy continues until you see genuine improvement. Additionally, ketamine clinics typically have a less personal approach, often having a nurse or phlebotomist who generally do aren’t trained in the consciousness aspects of the ketamine experience.

Ketamine Assisted Therapy For Health & Wellness

Ketamine holds great promise as a potential treatment option for various ailments. However, it is important to recognize that at-home ketamine is not for everyone, and that ketamine treatments must be closely considered by the individual, primary care physician and treating providers. It is also important to note that ketamine is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, and, furthermore, medical conditions should be treated under the guidance of a medical professional. We at Mind by Design Counseling are not medical doctor’s and do not treat or oversee medical conditions or pain management treatment.


This content is for informational purposes only and clients should consult with their physician regarding their treatment options.

Ketamine for Depression & Treatment Resistant Depression

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the positive effects of ketamine on treatment-resistant depression (TRD). One notable advantage of ketamine treatment is its ability to provide rapid relief from depressive symptoms. Unlike traditional antidepressants that can take weeks or even months to take effect, ketamine has shown to produce noticeable improvements within hours or days after administration.

Ketamine for Bipolar Disorder

One study investigated the effects of single and double doses of intravenous ketamine on patients with bipolar I and II disorders. The research found significant differences over time in depression and anxiety symptoms in both the single- and double-dose ketamine groups, without significant side effects during the study [1]. However, it is crucial to approach this treatment with caution, as the psychotomimetic effects of ketamine can be complex and may vary among individuals.

Ketamine for Migraines

Ketamine holds great promise as a treatment option for migraine sufferers. Its unique mechanisms of action, including NMDA receptor modulation and anti-inflammatory effects, make it an exciting avenue for further research and exploration. Additionally, ketamine’s potential neuroprotective effects offer hope for long-term migraine management. 

Ketamine for CRPS, RSD & Nerve Pain

Ketamine’s effectiveness as a treatment for chronic pain sufferers can be attributed to its unique mechanisms of action. One key mechanism is its modulation of NMDA receptors in the brain, which helps reduce pain signals. By acting on these receptors, ketamine can provide relief from the intense or chronic pain experienced by individuals with CRPS. 

Ketamine for PTSD and Trauma

One of the most significant advantages of KAP is its potential to provide rapid relief from PTSD symptoms. Unlike conventional antidepressants, which may take weeks to show effects, ketamine’s benefits can be observed after just a few sessions.

Ketamine can make therapy more effective by breaking down emotional barriers and enabling individuals to access and process traumatic memories that may have been inaccessible or too distressing before. This breakthrough can lead to profound healing and growth.

Studies have shown that ketamine may have a remarkable impact on reducing suicidal ideation in individuals with severe depression or PTSD. 

Ketamine for OCD & Phobias

Recent research published in 2023 explores pharmacological treatments that could facilitate the extinction of fear-related disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Their study highlights ketamine among other substances as a promising psychopharmacological treatment to aid in the extinction process, which is crucial for recovery in OCD[2] .This research underscores the potential of ketamine in the treatment of OCD, particularly in cases where traditional therapies may not be effective.

Talaei, A., Farid Hoseini, F., Mahdavi, M., Salehi, M., Karimani, A., & Afzaljavan, F. (2023). Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 18(4).
Ponomareva, O. Y., Fenster, R. J., & Ressler, K. (2023).  Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 

partners in ketamine assisted therapy

Fluence Education Fluence Training Fluence is the leading continuing education organization in psychedelic integration and psychedelic-assisted therapy.
MAPS Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
JC training and certifications in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine therapists are are formally trained to understand the biological and psychological influence that Ketamine may have on a client. Training institutions must be reliable, credible and evidenced based to ensure that ketamine therapists are proving safe and effective services. Our Training is provided by the team at Fluence.


Fluence is a highly recognized training provider in the field of  psychedelic therapy and biotech and life sciences. Fluence has established partnerships with internationally renowned organizations in psychedelic therapy, such as Maps, Journey Clinical, and more.

Common Questions about Our Process

side effects & safety of ketamine treatment

While there can be some side effects, they are generally mild and short-lived. These may include dizziness, nausea, or changes in perception during the administration of ketamine. However, serious adverse effects are rare when ketamine is administered by trained professionals who follow established safety protocols. Patient evaluation before treatment helps identify any contraindications or potential risks, further ensuring the safety of individuals undergoing ketamine therapy.

Ketamine Addiction & Abuse

A common misconception about Ketamine in medical and mental health settings is risk for addiction and abuse. However, it’s crucial to note that ketamine used for mental health treatment is prescribed by a medical provider and is overseen by both a medical and mental health provider. The risk of addiction or abuse is low when used as prescribed & under the supervision of medical professionals. These professionals closely monitor cients to ensure safe usage and minimize any potential risks.

Why Clients prefer
our process of ketamine assisted therapy

1. In-Home Or Online Options

This is a unique option for clients who prefer that their therapist come to their home for the dosing session. We have found that in-home therapy create a strong bond and alliance between therapist and client, fostering comfort, trust and progress.

2. Robust Safety Measures

Safety protocols are established early on. Your safety, comfort and autonomy are of highest priority. Ample education and medical support is provided to you from the start of treatment.

3. Affordable Options

There is a significant reduction in costs for clients who are able to independently engage in ketamine dosing sessions & utilize maintenance therapy & integration therapy.

4. No Long-Term Commitment

Clients can sign up for our flexible plans and add additional doses, sessions and therapy as needed without worrying about a subscription plan or commitment.

5. On-going Support

Even if you completed your dosing sessions, you have the option to continue maintenance therapy. We are with you on your journey of growth for whatever the duration may be.

6. Self-Paced Treatment

Clients typically experience benefits of KAP for days and weeks after their dosing sessions. Therefore, assessing those benefits takes time and is different for each client.

7. Clinical & Psychedelic Experts

When clients choose MbD for KAP, they receive not only a trained psychedelic therapist, but a fully licensed clinical therapist who can provide intensive psychotherapy.

8. Personalized Care

Your wellness is not a one-size-fits-all, and we view therapy as a necessary and crucial part of our overall process. We modify our approach to meet your needs. We work collaboratively with you to create the most individualized treatment possible.

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The Mind by Design Difference

There are various clinics & providers that offer ketamine use for mental health purposes, however, our approach emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic process. This means that, although ketamine is a powerful, healing tool, we see that it’s benefits are amplified when combined with therapy support, such as individual processing and integration. For many clients, receiving ketamine assisted therapy comes after other treatments have failed. KAP has been shown to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain & more.

It’s important that you feel confident and education in your treatment decision. During KAP, clients can expect to receive robust psycho-education, support and guidance through their entire journey.

preparing for our process of Ketamine Assisted Therapy in New Jersey at Mind by Design Counseling

Rebecca Sidoti, LCSW
Ketamine Therapist & Owner of Mind by Design Counseling

Rebecca is dedicated to creating a therapeutic space that allows for clients to feel comfortable and confident in their treatment decisions. With research-backed orientations, Rebecca applies modalities tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Creativity, authenticity and innovation have led Rebecca & the team at Mind by Design Counseling to participate in extensive training in Ketamine Assisted Therapy, Virtual Reality Therapy and treatment for Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Trauma and Depression.

FAQ's about our Process of
Ketamine Assisted Therapy

KAP has shown promise for individuals with treatment-resistant depression and certain anxiety disorders. However, its efficacy can vary from person to person.

Ketamine has shown promise in treating various mental health conditions, including PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Phobias and OCD. As Ketamine therapy providers, we offer this service to help clients break cycles of thinking traps that lead to compulsive behaviors.

KAP is a therapeutic approach that combines the use of ketamine with psychotherapy. Our Process of providing ketamine assisted psychotherapy is different from ketamine infusions, which are typically administered without the accompanying psychotherapy. Our partnership with Journey Clinical provides patients with lozenges for self-administering their Ketamine dose prescribed by the Journey Clinical provider. 

Ketamine works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain, which can lead to an increase in the release of certain neurotransmitters. This can result in rapid antidepressant effects

While ketamine has the potential for misuse, when used in a controlled medical setting for therapeutic purposes, the risk of addiction is considered low according to medical researchers

The number of sessions can vary based on individual needs and the specific protocol followed by the provider. You will see in “Our Process” above that generally 2-3 sessions are held prior to a dosing session, and then integration sessions are held after a dosing session.  Depending on your treatment plan, there may be more or less number of sessions

It’s recommended to take some time off work after a KAP session to process the experience and ensure safety, especially if any side effects are experienced. Clients are provided with safety measures and consents which stipulate that clients should not drive after a dosing session and should have a trusted person with them to drive if needed. 

Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled hypertension or a history of psychosis, might be contraindications for KAP. See Our “Safety Measures” page for more information about the precautions that the medical team adheres to, along with other safety measure sin place. 

At Mind by Design, we do not require pre-approval to begin the process. We do require a medical clearance through our partnership with Journey Clinical Medical Staff to participate in a ketamine dosing session. 

The frequency of KAP sessions would depend on the individual’s response to treatment and the medical provider’s recommendations.

Ketamine is unique in its rapid antidepressant effects and mechanism of action. Other psychedelics, like psilocybin, have different mechanisms and therapeutic potentials.

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