Avesta Ketamine and Wellness

Anesthesiology & Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in McLean, VA, Bethesda, MD & Washington, DC

Though ketamine infusion therapy is effective on its own, research shows it is more effective when combined with other lifestyle changes or therapeutic methods.




Therapy with Avesta

We are now offering ketamine integrative therapy and ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) within our clinic with our newest team member, Cassandra Joslin, PMHNP.  

Cassandra has been working in the mental health field for eight years. She utilizes evidence-based treatments such as ketamine-assisted therapy, crisis/emergency management, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help her patients achieve wellness. 

 At Avesta, we believe that having a trusted therapist is essential to get the highest efficacy from your ketamine treatments.  Ketamine integrative therapy gives patients a space to integrate thoughts and emotions that arise during their infusions with a mental health professional.  Read more about the importance of psychotherapy for integration while undergoing ketamine therapy, and KAP throughout our website.  

To set up an initial consultation with Cassandra to go over the process, and to ensure that she is a good fit for you, contact us.  Cassandra works primarily in our Bethesda, MD, clinic, but is able to provide her services in our McLean, VA and Washington, DC clinics as well.  

If you are interested in learning more, please call us and we will get you all of the information you need to get started.



One of the best ways to improve and accelerate healing is to combine ketamine infusion with traditional psychotherapy.

A dedicated and licensed therapist can help prepare and guide patients through the  process more directly, and provide a safety anchor as one uncovers and experiences factors that create anxiety or negative feelings during treatment.

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness has partnered with UpLift to help clients find a therapist, if they don’t already have one. Make your treatment more effective. Match with a therapist on UpLift.

UpLift makes it easy to find and schedule virtual care sessions with a licensed therapist. They have a large network of locally licensed therapists who cover a wide range of specialties and accept most major insurance plans.  

For more information or to find and schedule a session with a therapist visit


Other Recommended Therapists/Psychiatrists

 Dr. Jon Thomas 



Ms. Mara Gutiérrez


*Mara Gutierrez has created a preparation and integration program for patients wanting support around their Ketamine experience. Mara is a MAPS-trained licensed psychotherapist, specializing in the therapeutic use of psychedelics and entheogens. You can learn more about her program here:


Washington Integrative Mental Health Services, LLC, Benjamin Bregman MD

Dr. Luna, PsyD, Dr. Anouti, MD, Dr. Popkin, DO 

(703) 593-9464


Dr. Negro, MD


Don Zuckerman, MSW
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP)
202-483-2660 x6
Pace Neurohealth Group, Dr. Smith and Dr. Maxwell

Yuelei Dong, M.D

(703) 831-8300 


Jared Putnam, M.D



Lindsay Schaferstein, PhD



Carol Andreassen, PhD

 240 687-2203


Deb Curry, PsyD

 (202) 281-0836


Melanie Becker, MSW

(414) 939-9838


Brad Starring, MSW

(607) 327-4033


Caron Starobin, LSW

(301) 417-5979


Vincent Greenwood, Ph.D.



***Great overall assessment and medication management/adjustments***

Robert M. Post, MD

(301) 530-8245