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 Accelerated Resolution Therapy

"Keep the knowledge, lose the pain."

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)?

 

ART was created by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT in 2008. ART is an evidence based form of psycho therapy that utilizes back and forth eye movements to help clients address concerns such as depression, anxiety, phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, complicated trauma within the first responder and military population, grief, sexual abuse, panic attacks, painful memories, OCD, substance use disorders, social anxiety, anger issues, sleep troubles, nightmares, pain management, and many other issues that impact one's quality of life. 

The ART process removes and replaces painful memories, sensations and emotions stored within the brain and body. You will keep the factual information of your event, however, the painful images will be replaced. ART allows you to "keep the knowledge and lose the pain."

How does ART work?

ART uses bilateral eye movements while the therapist guides you through the ART protocol. The client is in total control of the therapy. ART’s powerful technique of the Voluntary Memory/Voluntary Image Replacement is a form of re-scripting similar to techniques used in some other treatments that are involved with other forms of cognitive therapy. When combined with desensitization through visualization (imaginal exposure), this intervention has a powerful effect on changing the clients’ relationship to their traumatic narrative.

During an ART therapy session, I will guide you through a directive. You will visualize either an event that causes you distress or a metaphor for that event. You will think of the traumatic event or presenting concern while following my hand or light bar with your eyes.  

The bilateral eye movements used in ART may help move those traumatic memories into long-term memory. 

You then imagine what you wish would have happened in the traumatic situation, rather than what actually happened. As the client continues the eye movements, imagery that invokes negative emotion may be replaced by visualizations that inspire positive emotion.

Although clients know that the new image is not the actual image from their memory, changing the images affects the current level of emotional and physical functioning. The narrative will remain but the narrative will not trigger the problem symptom

Is ART the same thing as EMDR?

No, while both use eye movements, ART is very different than EMDR. Both ART and EMDR use eye movements to facilitate visualization techniques focused on helping to reduce distress from traumatic memories. ART focuses more directly on how negative images are connected with emotional and physical reactions. The specific and unique way in which the techniques are delivered in ART tend to result in a more rapid and complete recovery.

How many sessions will I need?

While every client and concern is different, ART often resolves one presenting problem in a one to four sessions. Deeper issues may require more sessions, however, you will feel relief after your first session. Clients may continue on in therapy to resolve other issues. In addition, clients may wish to use traditional talk sessions to process the changes and insights they have gleaned from ART’s eye movement sessions. 

How long are sessions?

The initial ART session is always 90 minutes. Subsequent sessions can be between 60-90 minutes depending on the concern a client wants to work on.

My presenting concern is to painful to talk about, will this work for me?

As with so many traumatic events, talk therapy can sometimes be difficult and feel like you are reliving your trauma all over again. In ART, the client does not have to share or speak about the event being processed unless they want to. The entire process utilizes very specific visualization techniques, not verbally explaining your experience. 

Is this hypnosis?

No. As the client, you are in complete control over your session. You decide on the scene to focus on.

 

What is voluntary image replacement?

Science tells us that every time we bring up a memory it changes slightly, called “reconsolidation." ART takes advantage of this natural process by allowing you to replace distressing images for more positive ones of your choosing. Positive images mean you are far less likely to be triggered or have “an episode” of panic.

Is ART evidenced based?

 

Yes, ART is an evidenced based treatment for psychological trauma and depression. It is also informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Image Re-scripting (used in many cognitive therapies), Guided Imagery, Gestalt Therapy, Exposure Therapy (including imaginal, narrative and in-vivo) and Brief psychodynamic therapy.

Are there side effects?

The current research around ART therapy suggests that it is well tolerated, with few side effects. That said, side effects are possible for ART, as with other therapies.

How much does ART cost?

ART sessions are $235 for a 90 minute session & $155 for 60 minutes

Additional information:

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): Clinical Considerations, Cautions, and Informed Consent for Military Mental Health Clinicians

       https://acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ART-vs-EMDR_by-Hoge.pdf

  • Kip KE, et al. (2013). Brief treatment of co-occurring post-traumatic stress and depressive symptoms by use of accelerated resolution therapy.

       artherapyinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ART-for-PTSD-and-depression-2013.pdf

https://video.wedu.org/video/wedu-quest-206-accelerated-resolution-therapy/

https://acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/ART-vs-EMDR_100722.pdf

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