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Post-Ketamine Assisted Therapy Blues

“Why do I feel sad post-breakthrough?”

It’s ok. This is common + a part of catching us up to our new edge of life.

Often, when I’m working with a client in ketamine-assisted therapy, they come to a massive breakthrough + change, only to realize that this change then brings with it a lot of grief.

  • We may no longer need to be a workaholic because we don’t need it as an act of protection from intimacy or managing big emotions. As a result, we aren’t as “productive” as we once were, + this can be frustrating.

  • We may no longer resonate with our friends, community, or partner because we no longer fit the role of “wounded” + need them to be our caretakers.

  • We may feel pain as we think about how much time we lost living our life in fear, pain, isolation, or seemingly unproductive ways.

  • We may feel sadness in letting go of the familiar yet painful patterns + beliefs about ourselves. Knowing they were helping us but needed to be more efficient. Yet, facing the world without them can leave us feeling vulnerable + exposed.

Grieve, cry, get angry.

Accept what may be hard to accept.

Let it up + let it out.

Remembering that grief is not linear, + may come around again.

I highly suggest not making drastic life changes right after any journey work—even if you feel the intense urgency + motivation to do so.

This is because information, our environment, and even our loved ones need time to settle.

We need time to settle.

Like a baby fawn taking its first steps—the ground doesn’t quite feel stable yet.

We need to learn what it’s like to have legs.

If you need help in integrating a psychedelic experience or want to explore what ketamine-assisted therapy could look like for you, contact me.


Dr. Cat Meyer, PsyD, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex, trauma, and psychedelics in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. She is also a ceremonialist, author, teacher of yoga, and international speaker dedicated to evolving the relationship surrounding sexuality and our bodies. Through her company, SexLoveYoga, she leads online workshops, sensual retreats, + ketamine-assisted retreats for couples. She is also the host of Sex Love Psychedelics podcast.

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