How We Treat
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
How Does ART Work?
The counseling center group offers a unique opportunity for clients to receive ART. The process is shorter than traditional therapy and is very effective in resolving trauma. The therapist guides the client through a series of eye movements that help to release the emotional impact of the trauma. The therapist also helps the client to reframe the event so that it no longer has the same emotional charge.
Where to begin
ART draws from several existing therapeutic approaches in order to reprogram how our brain stores upsetting memories or images to reduce the severity of distressing reactions. In an ART session, the use of rapid eye movements while focusing on specific parts of a memory enable the client to neutralize strong negative responses (and associated physical sensations) to that memory.
Clients are in complete control of the entire ART process, with ART-trained clinicians as guides. This prevents retraumatization, and clients do not have to share details about their traumas to see results.
What is the difference between EMDR & ART?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) are similar in that both apply bilateral stimulation (BLS).
Some Differences Between ART verses EMDR
- Works to replace negative images and sensations by replacing them with more positive ones.
ART incorporates Imagery and Sensations
Sessions have very little interaction between the therapist and the client, in fact, the therapist does not necessarily need to know what the specifics are that client is working on. This is extremely beneficial with shame-based traumas.
- Therapist works from a predetermined script, directing the client to specifically focus on certain things during each BLS.
- When a strong reaction occurs, treatment is not paused. Therapist and client work through the difficult reaction as it will dissipate shortly.
- Basic Training is 21 hours. Advanced trainings follow.
ART treatment can be completed in as little as one session.
ART is procedural in nature and therefore does not require a strong therapeutic relationship prior to commencing.
- Incorporates cognitive interweaves. negative cognitions (how one feels about oneself) as a result of traumatic events, and works towards replacing those negative cognitions with positive ones.
- EMDR incorporates Cognitions and Sensations
Client will discuss findings throughout the session with the therapist. Therapist has a more active role in directing determining and guiding the direction of the session.
Therapist provides client with a starting point for each BLS. The BLS helps the client to easily freely associate, enabling the client to discover connections other events in their life.
When a strong reaction occurs, treatment is paused and tools to regulate emotions may be applied.
Basic Training is 44 hours. Advanced trainings follow.
A strong therapeutic alliance with the client, a recognition of common goals and honest communication are all important.
You will work with your therapist to determine which treatment approach (s) would be the most effective for your specific goal(s).
Accelerated Resolution Therapy FAQs
What conditions/challenges does ART help with?
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a highly effective therapeutic approach that helps individuals overcome a wide range of mental health conditions and challenges. It is particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with:
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- anxiety disorders
- other trauma-related conditions
- emotional issues
Whether it’s traumatic memories, distressing experiences, or emotional burdens, ART empowers individuals to process and resolve these challenges, leading to improved mental well-being and an overall greater quality of life.
Is ART suitable for everyone? Adults, adolescents?
ART is a versatile therapeutic modality that can be adapted to help a large range of ages. It’s primarily recognized for being effective with adults, however, ART can also successfully work for children, adolescents, and families.
When applied to younger adolescents, ART techniques are modified to better fit their developmental stages and communication styles, making it an available therapeutic modality for children and adolescents dealing with issues like anxiety, trauma, and behavioral challenges.
ART can also be a powerful tool for families, helping to address and resolve conflicts or trauma-related dynamics, while also facilitating better communication and understanding among all family members. It’s important to note that ART therapy may not be for everyone, and it’s highly recommended to consult with a certified ART therapist to determine the most appropriate modality based on the individual needs and situations.
ART’s adaptability makes it a valuable therapeutic option for a diverse range of individuals, no matter their age.
How long do ART sessions typically last?
The duration of an ART session can vary but typically ranges from 60-90 minutes. During this time, individuals engage in a structured therapeutic process guided by a certified ART therapist.
The overall length of the ART session allows for a comprehensive exploration of the individual’s concerns, facilitating the application of ART techniques to address and resolve emotional challenges effectively.
ART sessions are designed to be efficient and intensive, often yielding significant results in a shorter timeframe compared to traditional therapy approaches. It’s important to note, that the specific duration may be adjusted based on the client’s needs and progress, with some sessions occasionally extending beyond the standard timeframe to ensure that the individuals receive the support and assistance needed for their unique situation.
Ultimately, the flexibility in session length allows ART therapists to tailor the treatment to best serve their clients’ therapeutic goals.
ART vs. Traditional therapy
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) differs from traditional therapy approaches in several key ways:
Duration of Treatment: ART is typically a shorter-term therapy, often requiring fewer sessions to achieve significant results compared to traditional therapies that may span several months or years.
Techniques: ART utilizes unique techniques, including rapid eye movements and memory reconsolidation, to expedite the processing and resolution of emotional distress and traumatic memories, whereas traditional therapy relies on verbal communication.
Emphasis on Visual Imagery: ART places a strong emphasis on visual imagery and sensory aspects of memory recall, making it distinct from traditional talk therapy, which focuses primarily on verbal communication.
Minimal Verbal Reliving: In ART, clients are not required to extensively discuss or relive their trauma verbally, which can be distressing for some individuals in traditional therapy settings.
These are differences that highlight how ART offers an alternative and efficient path to addressing emotional distress and trauma-related issues compared to traditional therapeutic methods.