ART is an evidence-based psychotherapy that promotes rapid recovery by reprogramming how the brain stores traumatic memories and imagery. ART has roots in and includes elements of existing evidence-based modalities (such as EMDR and gestalt therapy). The creative combination of memory visualization techniques enhanced by the use of horizontal eye movements, allows a way for new information to be incorporated into existing memories through a process called memory re-consolidation.
The facts of a memory are not altered just the negative thoughts, meanings, perceptions and disturbing emotions are released.
ART can be beneficial to reprogram traumas that can keep you from performing at optimum levels.
ART treats lingering images of life-threatening or perceived life-threatening events that are stored in short-term memory can trigger physical reaction for many years after the event and may be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress. Accelerated resolution therapy works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical or emotional reactions
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.
Clients suffering from trauma and other mental health problems such as Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, 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, Codependency, Grief, Job Related Stress, Pain Management, Memory Enhancement and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.
The National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to be an effective psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, stress, and personal resilience. ART was also classified as a promising therapy for symptoms of phobia, panic, anxiety, sleep and wake disorders, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, general functioning and well-being. Accelerated Resolution Therapy has also been studied and used to treat depression, anxiety, sexual and domestic abuse, obsessive compulsive disorders and other psychological ailments