Accelerated Resolution Therapy

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy?

Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions). Click here to read a much more comprehensive guide on ART in our blog!

Clients suffering from trauma and other mental health problems such as those below and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) employs a structured and systematic approach to guide individuals towards resolution and healing. During ART sessions, therapists create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore and process distressing memories and associated emotions. ART is a brief and evidence-based psychotherapy that combines principles from various therapeutic approaches. It is designed to help individuals process and resolve traumatic memories and experiences, leading to positive changes in thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. ART distinguishes itself from traditional evidence-based therapies by employing predominantly imaginative techniques and rescripting to address and reconsolidate memories.

The primary goal of ART is to facilitate the reprocessing of distressing memories and establish new, healthier connections in the brain. This process involves a structured and directive approach, guided by a trained ART therapist. The therapist assists the individual in engaging in imagery rescripting, where they are encouraged to vividly imagine distressing memories or phobic images and then rewrite them into more positive or adaptive scenarios. This technique aims to transform the emotional impact of the memory and how the brain processes it, leading to a reduction in symptoms and distress.

ART incorporates several components to achieve its therapeutic goals. These include facilitation, learning, change, and closure. During the therapy sessions, relaxation techniques, exposure or desensitization, cognitive restructuring, memory reconsolidation, and assessment are utilized. These elements help individuals engage in the therapeutic process, promote the reprocessing of traumatic memories, and support the consolidation of more adaptive thoughts and beliefs.

What can Accelerated Resolution Therapy be used to treat?

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Phobias

  • Panic Attacks

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Addictions/ Substance Abuse

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Family Issues

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Victimization/Poor Self Image
  • Victimization/Sexual Abuse

  • Relationship Issues/Infidelity

  • Codependency

  • Grief

  • Job-Related Stress

  • Pain Management

  • Memory Enhancement

  • Dyslexia

Additional Resources on ART

The ART of Rapid Recovery | Laney Rosenzweig | TEDxSpringfield

The Power of Eye Movements: The ART of Accelerated Resolution Therapy | Yolanda Harper | TEDxUTampa