Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or A.R.T. is an evidence-based therapy that uses eye movements to reprogram how distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer cause physical and emotional reactions.
In A.R.T. the client is always in control of what is happening. Clients can choose whether or not to share their most distressing memories with the therapist. The therapist is a guide that will help the client to reprogram memories and resolve physical and emotional distress along the way.
A.R.T. therapy helps a patient to reprocess a memory and then works through the distress by “replacing” the memory with a more positive image. You don’t actually forget what happened, but you will lose the pain associated with it. The mind is amazing, and it will help you heal!
A benefit of A.R.T. is the ability to heal from a traumatic experience in very few sessions. Sometimes in as little as one session, individuals can achieve complete freedom from otherwise debilitating experiences.
A.R.T. was developed in 2008 by Laney Rosenzweig, who continues to expand the practice through training and research. If you would like more information about how it works, you can check it out at Isart.ArtWorksNow.com.
How to Prepare for an A.R.T. Session -
Prior to starting the A.R.T. session, I will help you identify the specific event or events that we will process. There is a purpose to the practice, so I will make suggestions about what we process first.
There is nothing you need to do before an A.R.T. session but remember not to consume alcohol or other mind-altering substances as they could interfere with your brain’s ability to do the work it will need to do.
Clients can still do A.R.T. if they are on medication, so long as the medication does not cause sedation during the session.
What to Expect after A.R.T. therapy -
Although the initial memories or images may be distressing, by the end of the session, most clients state that the session is relaxing and often they feel “lighter”.
You may be tired after an A.R.T. session - your brain has done a lot of work! Most people say they have a good night's sleep afterwards. I would say that you should nap or relax as needed right after your session and drink plenty of water.
You are unlikely to have any recurrent memories or distress, or bad dreams. The sessions are complete when we finish and although we may continue during our next meeting, you won’t leave with unresolved feelings or thoughts.
You may feel more relaxed and less burdened and symptoms such as depression or anxiety surrounding the trigger memory will be less or completely gone.
Research has demonstrated that the effects of A.R.T. are lasting. Once you have effectively reprocessed the memory or event, you will not relapse to the distress it once caused.
Goals of A.R.T. -
To alleviate symptoms of distress such as fear, anxiety, stress, OCD, depression, panic
To be able to move forward in life from things that once held you back.
Improve self-confidence and overall, well-being.
Training and Experience -
A.R.T. requires a specific training sequence that begins with a three-day intensive training of Basic A.R.T. which I completed early in 2021.
The therapy goes along well with other evidence-based therapies that I already used and has been a natural and effective tool for me to use. A’nna Jurich uses A.R.T. regularly in addition to other methods during weekly counseling sessions.
After completing 30 documented sessions with clients and attending supervision calls with leaders of A.R.T. she is able to attend advanced training which will be completed in Sept./ Oct. of 2022.