What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)?
I offer Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions) than traditional therapy.
ART uses rapid eye movements and a technique called Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement to change the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain, to minimize strong physical and emotional reactions. ART is federally recognized as an effective psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, stress, and personal resilience..
The treatment is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques, and the end result is that traumas and difficult life experiences will no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions. Importantly, clients do not even have to talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy helps clients address common problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is not the same as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), however they both use eye movements. In experiencing ART, you may find that you connect pieces of information that are already stored in your memory to help you resolve your issues.
The brain, while focused on a problem and concurrently using eye movements, makes new connections with a person’s strengths and problem solving abilities. ART is effective with adults as well as children.
What can ART treat?
Childhood abuse, PTSD, death of a loved one, combat trauma, violence, neglect, sexual assault, surgeries, accidents, etc.
Fear of animals, flying, water, heights, small spaces, public speaking, etc.
Symptoms from: Difficult breakups, nightmares, rejection by family members, death of a pet, bullying, workplace stress, etc.
Many clients are treated in a single session. ART works for people who have not had success with other forms of therapy. You do not need to tell me any painful or difficult details about your past trauma in order to feel better.
What does a session look like?
Sessions last 80 minutes on average. You are always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process. Although many traumatic experiences can be very painful to think about or visualize, this therapy rapidly moves toward growth, relief, and positive changes. Most of my clients feel significantly better by the end of the first session. Importantly, you do not even have talk about your traumas or difficult life experiences with me to achieve relief from your symptoms.
Evidence-Based and Scientifically Researched
ART is officially recognized at the federal level by the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). ART was found to be an effective psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, stress, and personal resilience. ART was also classified as a promising therapy for symptoms of phobia, panic, anxiety, sleep and wake disorders, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, general functioning and well-being. ART is not magic and is it not hypnosis.
ART has been shown to be effective in multiple studies, including a Department of Defense study of combat-related trauma. Studies have shown that most clients have significant improvement in their symptoms after only 1-5 sessions. The average number of sessions needed to resolve symptoms of combat trauma was found to be 3. ART works even for veterans who have not been helped by other forms of therapy.
To learn more about the history Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), please visit the official website.