Connect with your past, improve your future

Trauma can have a dramatic impact on one’s self-image. It can change the way you see the world, and how you picture yourself in it.

“I am not what happened to me.
I am what I choose to become.”

– Carl Jung

Preparation

Set Intentions

It is important to set small, attainable goals prior to starting your psychedelic treatment

Intention Setting Worksheet

Practicing Mindfulness

In the weeks and days leading up to your treatment, try and focus on your intentions

Mindfulness and Letting Go Worksheet

Bring Forth Accountability and Open Mindedness

Commit yourself to the process and take ownership of your treatment

Integration And Sustainability

With the help of a Veteran Vanguard, develop a plan on how you would like to integrate into a positive and sustainable routine

Frequently Asked Questions

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What services do you provide?

Vanguard Wellness provides a vast array of services, including:

  • Ketamine-Enhanced Psychotherapy
  • Pension Assessment
  • Kinesiology
  • Peer Support
  • Mental Health support
  • Dietitian

What criteria is required to be eligible for these services?

To be eligible for these services you must be a Canadian Veteran or RCMP.

Are these services provided virtually?

Yes, we provide our services to you in the comfort of your own home! We connect you with our team of healthcare professionals via a secure and remote platform.

Are these services covered by Blue Cross?

Blue Cross coverage is reviewed on a case to case basis and depends on your disability assessment. For more information, click here to book a consultation

I could benefit from more than one of these services. May I select more than one, and will they all be covered?

Blue Cross coverage is reviewed on a case to case basis and depends on your disability assessment. For more information, click here to book a consultation

What criteria is required to be eligible for these services?

To be eligible for these services you must be a Canadian Veteran or RCMP.

I am a Canadian veteran however I do not have a medical condition obtained through my military career. Am I eligible for any of the services?

Yes! If you do not already have a disability pension but think you are eligible for one, we can assist you in completing the necessary disability benefits assessment. For more information, click here to book a consultation

How does ketamine therapy work?

Ketamine therapy interacts with the brains neurotransmitters and therefore has an effect on anxiety, pain and can act as an antidepressant. When combined with psychotherapy, low doses of ketamine have been found to relax one’s mind and reduce anxiety and depression.

Is it safe?

The team at Field Trip Health will pair you with a trained medical professional to ensure that the treatment is personalized to your needs. Under this stringent medical supervision, Ketamine is a safe and effective alternative therapy.

Is this covered by Veterans Affairs?

Yes, Blue Cross will cover the cost of therapy as long as this is not your first line of treatment and have tried other treatments that proved unsuccessful.

Are there any disqualifying conditions?

How does ketamine feel?

You may notice physical sensations such as tingling in various parts of the body, the feeling of being relaxed, and a slightly elevated heart rate. Individuals may notice a change in their perception of space and time.

What are the therapeutic benefits?

Each ketamine experience will be unique. People often notice a quieting of normal thoughts that go through their head at any given time. When physical reactions to emotions are quieted, many find that this can facilitate a gentler exploration of memories, emotions, and experiences. A variety of experiences can occur during the ketamine session – you should remain open to what may arise, trust in the process, and let it flow rather than try to direct or fight the experience. This may include facing uncomfortable emotions, or the feeling of not having an experience. The therapist is in the room with you throughout the experience and ready to support you through any challenges you may experience.

How do I refer my patient to Vanguard Wellness?

If you are a medical professional looking to refer a potential candidate for ketamine therapy, please email us at info@vanguardwellness.ca

Research in Ketamine Therapy

Psychedelic Medicine: The next frontier in mental health
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Registered Clinical Trials Investigating Ketamine For Psychiatric Disorders
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Ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP): Patient demographics, clinical data and outcomes in three large practices administering ketamine with psychotherapy
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Efficacy of single and repeated administration of ketamine in unipolar and bipolar depression: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials
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Post by former NIMH director Thomas Insel: Ketamine
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Ketamine can reduce harmful drinking by pharmacologically rewriting drinking memories
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Neuroplasticity and the next wave of antidepressant strategies
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Toward specific ways to combine ketamine and psychotherapy in treating depression
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Ketamine psychedelic therapy (KPT): A review of the results of ten years of research
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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Repeated Ketamine Administration for Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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Efficacy of Intravenous Ketamine for Treatment of Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP): Patient Demographics, Clinical Data and Outcomes in Three Large Practices Administering Ketamine with Psychotherapy
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