Accelerated Resolution Therapy®
WHAT IS ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY®?
Accelerated Resolution Therapy® (ART) is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies, shown to achieve benefits in a short period of time, usually within 1-5 sessions. Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, sexual abuse and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.
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: it uses 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 overarching benefit is that the ART protocol works quickly. The client is in control of the procedure throughout the session. The clinician acts as a resource and guide to assist the client through the treatment process.
Clients frequently report feeling comfortable and relaxed during their sessions. Discussion of specific memories is not required; the client can choose whether to share traumatic scenes and experiences.
The procedure is exceptionally interactive and directed collaboratively by both the client and the clinician. Clients do not focus on traumatic episodes between their treatment sessions, and no homework is required.
ARE ART AND EMDR THE SAME?
ART and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are not the same, but since the EMDR served as an inspiration for ART, it is not surprising that the two techniques share several similarities. They are both evidence-based therapies, and they both use eye movement techniques to help clients quickly.
However, ART and EMDR have a few important differences, including:
ART uses a specific number of eye movements, but EMDR numbers vary.
EMDR focuses on content whereas ART concentration is on emotions and images.
ART clinicians operate under specific directives, while EMDR practitioners have more general guidelines.
ART JUST WORKS!
You can change how you feel about yourself, gain control over your symptoms, and live with a greater sense of ease with ART. In one session, you will know if this therapy can help you, and it’s very likely that it will.
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