Accelerated Resolution Therapy: Your Questions Answered
What is it?
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (often referred to as ART) is an evidence-based treatment that was developed in 2008 by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT. ART works to reprogram the way in which distressing memories images and memories are stored in the brain, so they no longer trigger intense emotional and physical reactions.ART has been shown to achieve benefits more rapidly than some other therapy modalities (usually within 1-5 sessions). Those affected by trauma and other mental health and physical conditions can experience some degree of relief as soon as the first ART session. One thing about ART that sets it apart from other therapies, is that in order to experience relief of symptoms, one does not have to discuss details of the problem or traumatic event.
What will the session be like?
You will be in control of the entire session, with the therapist helping to guide you through. While some issues may be very painful to visualize, you will rapidly move beyond the painful memories/sensations by using Rapid Eye Movement and Voluntary Image Replacement to help change the way negative memories/experiences are held in the brain. You will always have the facts, but lose the negative images, sensations and symptoms associated with the problem you are experiencing. You will be guided by the therapist clients in a way that helps you from getting confused or “stuck” and find your own solution to your problem(s).
What kind of training have you had? Is my problem too big (or small) for ART?
I (Amy Johnson, LMHC) am a Master Trained Therapist in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). I have been doing ART sessions since 2017. My work using ART has included military veterans, first responders, trauma survivors. I have also used ART for people experiencing a significant loss or death, learning problems (i.e. dyslexia), OCD, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc… In my time providing ART, I have not encountered a problem “too big or too small” to benefit from this treatment.
What if I’m not sure I want to do ART, should I still schedule an appointment?
Yes. Traditional talk therapy is also provided at The Helping Space. Some clients choose to do only talk therapy, only ART, or most often a combination of the two. Your success in therapy is most dependent on your commitment to the process and your motivation to change.
Where do I find more information about ART?
I will be happy to talk to you in-depth during our session or a consultation call to answer any questions you may have. You may also do an online search for Accelerated Resolution Therapy or visit https://acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com/