An Introduction to Mindbloom Clinicians
- Clinicians are licensed medical experts in psychiatry and ketamine therapy.
- They are trained to create appropriate and personalized care plans for eligible clients.
- Clinicians determine whether ketamine treatment is appropriate for each individual.
The initial clinical consultation is one of the first steps you will take on your Mindbloom journey. You will meet with your Clinician to determine if you are fit for treatment, and if you are determined eligible, you will work with them to create your personalized plan of care.
This article explores Mindbloom Clinicians, the roles and responsibilities they have, how they are trained, and how they benefit your healing journey.
What are Mindbloom Clinicians?
Mindbloom Clinicians are licensed medical experts who work with clients so that they can have safe and effective experiences.
They conduct initial consultations with each client to evaluate safety and eligibility for ketamine treatment. If approved, Clinicians will prescribe the medication, adjust dosing throughout the program, and offer continuing medical support.
All of our Clinicians are psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners board-certified in psychiatry, or physician assistants who are specialized in psychiatry. Many of our nurse practitioners are also doctorally prepared.
What Are Clinicians Trained to Do?
Clinicians are trained and selected for their ability to apply clinical evaluation skills to identify who is an appropriate candidate for remote ketamine therapy, provide key education to prepare clients for treatment, and be a trusted source of clinical support throughout the program.
All Clinicians go through an in-depth training program which is overseen by our medical leadership team. Mindbloom Clinicians are trained to apply rigorous Clinical Practice Guidelines developed by Mindbloom's world-class Medical Advisory Board.
On average, 10% of interviewing clinicians do not pass our rigorous on-boarding process to work directly with clients. All of our Clinicians have previous experience evaluating and treating clients, and most of our providers have several years of experience in their own private practices.
Some of our most experienced Clinicians have worked in the psychiatric field for over 15 years and have supported hundreds of clients through ketamine therapy.
Why are Mindbloom Clinicians Unique?
First and foremost, Mindbloom Clinicians are experts in psychiatry, ketamine therapy, and psychedelic integration practices.
They are passionate about leveraging evidence-based modern treatment options and innovative care delivery models to improve both the client outcomes and the accessibility of mental health care.
Mindbloom Clinicians also operate from the heart – many Clinicians have been impacted by the devastation of mental illness directly and are called to this work on a deeply personal level.
Want to Experience Guided Ketamine Therapy?
You can see if you’re eligible for a Mindbloom program here.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at +1 (800) 273-8255, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or anxiety. Learn more about off-label uses here.
Side effects of ketamine treatment may include: altered sense of time, anxiety, blurred vision, diminished ability to see/hear/feel, dry mouth, elevated blood pressure or heart rate, elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure, excitability, loss of appetite, mental confusion, nausea/vomiting, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), restlessness, slurred speech, synesthesia (a mingling of the senses).
Do not proceed with ketamine treatment if any of the following apply to you:
- Allergic to ketamine
- Symptoms of psychosis or mania
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- CHF or other serious heart problem
- Severe breathing problem
- History of elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure
- History of hyperthyroidism
- Other serious medical illness
- Pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant
Ketamine has been reported to produce issues including, but not limited to, those listed below. However, lasting adverse side-effects are rare when medical protocols are carefully followed.
While ketamine has not been shown to be physically addictive, it has been shown to cause moderate psychological dependency in some recreational users.
- In rare cases, frequent, heavy users have reported increased frequency of urination, urinary incontinence, pain urinating, passing blood in the urine, or reduced bladder size
- Ketamine may worsen problems in people with schizophrenia, severe personality disorders, or other serious mental disorders.
- Users with a personal or family history of psychosis should be cautious using any psychoactive substance, including ketamine, and discuss potential risks with your MindBloom® clinician before proceeding with treatment.
- The dissociative effects of ketamine may increase patient vulnerability and the risk of accidents.
To promote positive outcomes and ensure safety, follow these ketamine treatment guidelines:
- Do not operate a vehicle (e.g., car, motorcycle, bicycle) or heavy machinery following treatment until you’ve had a full night of sleep
- Refrain from taking benzodiazepines or stimulants for 24 hours prior to treatment
- Continue to take antihypertensive medication as prescribed
- Avoid hangovers or alcohol intake
- Refrain from consuming solid foods within 3 hours prior to treatment and liquids within 1 hour prior to treatment
- Ketamine treatment should never be conducted without a monitor present to ensure your safety