Understanding Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an innovative approach to treating illnesses such as PTSD that works quickly to address the issues associated with certain disorders.

Developed in 2008 by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT, ART enhances the approach used by Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in combination with other evidence-based techniques to help patients process trauma more quickly. In an ART session, the patient brings up the memories related to a traumatic event. The counselor then helps the patient efficiently and rapidly recategorize this memory, with the goal of limiting the distress that results from the memory. In as few as one to five sessions, patients no longer experience distress or issues such as panic attacks, which can stem from that distress.

Patients should not undertake ART independently. Only trained professionals can help a patient through ART. Our clinic can connect you with clinicians specializing in this process.

How ART Works

As it name indicates, ART is quite a rapid process. Patients attend up to five sessions across two weeks. Some patients have experienced results after just one session, which can run from an hour to 75 minutes.

How IS ART so successful? It brings together all of the most effective components from several different interventions, including Gestalt, CBT, EMDR, and psychodynamic therapy. While aRT can be effective on its own, it can also be used in combination with other types of interventions, including group therapy and medication. Patients who wish to undergo ART or change their existing therapy to incorporate ART should consult with a trained mental health specialist.

The Disorders Helped by ART

The original developers of this technique used it to treat PTSD, it is now used in the treatment of several disorders, including:

  • A variety of phobias
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief
  • Insomnia

ART is most effective in treating patients whose conditions have stemmed from trauma, be it chronic as in a relationship or acute as in an assault. Patients who have been through some of the following can also find a solution in ART:

  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • Being victimized by a crime
  • Involvement in war
  • Experiencing a significant natural disaster
  • The sudden death of a loved one
  • Surviving acute traumatic events, such as car accidents
  • Experiencing medical trauma

Patients who experience these scenarios may not have a diagnosed condition, but still need the benefit of intervention due to their symptoms. ART can be a solution. If you believe that you can benefit from ART, contact our offices today.

ART vs EMDR

EMDR and ART have many features in common, due to the fact that ART stemmed from EMDR work. Both interventions are evidence-based and utilize eye movements to help patients. There are some distinct differences between the two, however, including:

  • EMDR can use different numbers of eye movements, while ART uses a set number
  • ART’s focus is emotions and images as opposed to content
  • EMDR adheres to general guidelines, while ART has very specific directives

One intervention may be more effective for a patient than the other. Oftentimes, if a patient has not found success with one, the other will be more effective. If you have questions about the distinctions between ART and EMDR or are wondering which is right for you, give us a call. We can help you develop a plan that works best for you.