Are you suffering from anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress, phobia(s), grief, or other distressing experiences? Do you find it hard to feel sustained comfort and relief in your life?
If so, you may benefit from Accelerated Resolution therapy (ART). ART is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that utilizes back and forth eye movements and a technique called Voluntary Image/Memory Replacement to help individuals address and heal from psychological pain, discomfort, and trauma. It is not the same as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), however, both psychotherapies use eye movements. In experiencing ART, you may find that you connect pieces of information that are already stored in your memory to help you resolve your issues. The brain, while focusing on a problem and concurrently using eye movements, makes new connections with a person’s strengths and problem-solving abilities.
ART is a very focused eye movement therapy and, as such, produces quick, effective, and safe results in treating anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, and grief, to name a few concerns. ART is effective with adults as well as children.
About the Technique
You will be in total control of the therapy. This is not hypnosis and you will be speaking with your counselor just as you would during a psychotherapy session that does not involve eye movements. Initially, your counselor will ask you to rate the intensity of the emotions related to your problem issue. They will sit across from you, slightly to your left or right, and have you follow their hand or another object with your eyes while you think about your problem issue. You will be asked to describe what you experience during the brief time you move your eyes, and your counselor will assist you in processing through physical and emotional sensations so that these sensations disappear and positive feelings become enhanced. Your counselor will guide you through the process of Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement during which you will process out the old, traumatic images and restore your mental health by replacing them with more positive images. Although the new images are not actual memories, clients report that reprocessing the images feels like a new start for them. The original memory story remains while the images from the trauma are erased or replaced, which brings about emotional relief.
Length of Treatment
ART has been shown to be effective after one session. The average length of treatment is around three to five sessions. After experiencing relief from your initial problem issue, you may choose to continue in therapy to resolve other issues. In addition, you may wish to use traditional talk therapy sessions to process the changes and insights you have gleaned from your ART sessions.
An Evidenced-Based Approach
In November of 2015, ART was officially recognized at the federal level by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Specifically, NREPP, which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found ART to be an effective psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, stress, and personal resilience. ART was also classified as a promising therapy for treating symptoms of phobias, panic, anxiety, sleep and wake disorders, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, general functioning, and well-being. The International Society of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (IS-ART) offers additional information and links to publications on the evidence-base of ART.
Steven Montesinos, LMHC has received intensive training to prepare him to provide ART having completed the basic, advanced, and enhanced training. He was trained by the founder and developer of ART, Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT. For more information about ART, please visit acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com
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