Understanding Accelerated Resolution Therapy
What is ART?
Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions). Clients suffering from trauma and other mental health problems such as:
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Addictions/Substance Abuse
- Performance Anxiety
- Family Issues
- Victimization/Poor Self Image
- Victimization/Sexual Abuse
- Relationship Issues/Infidelity
- Job-Related Stress
- Pain Management
- Memory Enhancement
The client is always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process.
Although some traumatic experiences such as rape, combat experiences, or loss of a loved one can be very painful to think about or visualize, the therapy rapidly moves clients beyond the place where they are stuck in these experiences toward growth and positive changes.
The process is very straightforward, using relaxing eye movements and a technique called Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement to change the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain. 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.
Thousands of therapists and psychiatrists both in private practice and at entities including Betty Ford, Walter Reed, Ft. Stewart, Ft. Hood, Ft. Drum, Ft. Bragg, Eglin AFB, Ft. Belvoir, the Columbus OH VA, Walden Behavioral (MA), The Lone Star Foundation, Ft. Campbell, The Veterans Alternative, the Idaho National Guard, Lemoore NAS, CT DMHAS, Tripler Army Hospital, Previdence, the Refuge (FL), Trinity Health/Mercy Hospital (MA) and Mission Hospital (NC) have been trained in and use Accelerated Resolution Therapy. There are hundreds of therapists in Canada and around the world.
How ART Works…
ART is unique. ART focuses on eliminating distressful images tied to traumas while virtually all other therapies focus on cognitions. By eliminating the images and the negative sensations that accompany them, ART can quickly resolve the trauma. One of ART’s key aspects is that the client does not have to share any details of the presenting problem. During the procedure, the ART therapist guides the client to allow them to find their own solution. There are three requirements for a successful ART Session. The client must be able to move their eyes left and right comfortably. They need to be able to hold a thought or image. And they need to be motivated. ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. ART combines long respected, sound treatment practices with safe and effective methods validated by scientific research studies conducted by the University of South Florida as well as others. The USF studies showed that between one and five sessions resolved the issues researched issues researched.
ART Research Bibliography: Peer-reviewed publications began in 2012 after completion of a prospective cohort study of 80 adults with symptoms of psychological trauma. Multiple peer-reviewed papers have been published on ART with many more in progress.
Evidence-Based: ART has been classified as an “Effective” intervention for the treatment of Depression and Depressive Symptoms, Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders, and Personal Resilience/Self-Concept.
No Talking, No Drugs Spec Ops Vets Pioneer Quiet PTSD Therapy – The Daily Beast
Jerry Ehmann, clinical director of the Arizona-based center, says the emerging technique ART could be a “game changer” in treating trauma – Treatment Magazine