Accelerated Resolution Therapy

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy?

Accelerated resolution therapy, or ART, is a form of psychotherapy treatment that pulls from other evidence-based therapies. In using back-and-forth eye movements, this therapy helps you to achieve positive results in a faster time frame. In general, the benefits of accelerated resolution therapy occur within 1-5 sessions.

A combination of EMDR, Gestalt, CBT, and Guided Imagery therapies, ART utilizes rapid eye movement (REM) and several imagery techniques in order to rewire your brain’s reaction to the images relating to past traumas. These techniques change the way trauma triggers are processed in the brain. In doing so, ART reduces your negative physical and emotional reactions when you face reminders of the traumatic events.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

What Does Accelerated Resolution Therapy Treat?

Accelerated resolution therapy is a type of trauma therapy. Those who suffer from past violence, and the residual effects it left behind, often find relief once they begin this therapeutic technique.   

Accelerated resolution therapy benefits people suffering with:

  • Addiction/ Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Relationship Issues
  • Codependency
  • Family Dysfunction
  • Low Self-Worth
  • Grief
  • Work-Related Stress
  • Dyslexia

ART aids in the recovery of both mental and physical conditions that are brought on by traumatic experiences. It also benefits individuals with pain management and memory enhancement.

For more information on what can be treated with Accelerated resolution therapy, please take a look at this official ART page that discusses the ART protocol. 

Benefits of Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Accelerated resolution therapy is an extremely valuable technique for individuals struggling with unresolved mental or emotional conditions. The benefits of accelerated resolution therapy include:

  • Providing opportunities for an individual to emotionally process whatever condition(s) is impacting them negatively.
  • Actively work to resolve underlying thoughts/feelings.
  • Overcome the behaviors that continue to keep the initial cause from having power in that individual’s life. 

The benefits mentioned above are only speaking to the overall benefit of recovering from the psychological effects of a condition treated through ART. There are innumerable benefits that join in tandem with overcoming a condition— contentment, closure, confidence, improved self-worth, peace of mind, decreased symptoms of mental disorders, and the list goes on.

How Does Accelerated Resolution Therapy Work?

In the simplest of terms, accelerated resolution therapy teaches you how to break the associations that are tied to your trauma. The pace of individual ART sessions are entirely in your hands. In fact, you choose what memories to share and when. This instill a sense of control, something that is often lost during traumatic events. ART also ensures that you are not forced to share any information before you are ready. 

The Rapid Psychotherapeutic Process

Typically, ART occurs over the course of five, or fewer, hour-long sessions within a two-week period. This type of therapy structure provides an immediate response to physiological distress. As you and your therapist collaborate, ART techniques offer relief from the negative symptoms that occur when exposed to specific traumas. To do so, your therapist employs imagery rescripting that instructs you to pause your recall process. 

By halting your memory mid-recall and shifting your attention to a positive memory or thought, your therapist assists in rewriting your brain’s reaction to negative memories. 

Voluntary memory replacement, the imagery rescripting technique utilized in ART, encourages you to replace the traumatic memory with a less painful one of your own creation. While you may still recall details of the trauma, this method significantly lowers the severity of your past reactions.

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