When you hear the term ART Therapy, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a paintbrush. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is something else entirely.
What is ART?
ART is an evidence-based therapy that has proven to be highly effective and produce rapid results for those looking to improve their mental health. Using relaxing eye movements, visual techniques, and a focus on bodily sensations a person can move and release the pain and burden they have been carrying for years in a matter of a few sessions. ART reprograms the way images and memories are stored in the brain to help provide fast relief.
ART can help in treating:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues/infidelity
- Family issues
- Addiction/substance abuse
- Job related stress
- Pain management
- And many more…
What ART is not
Many people ask if ART is hypnosis or the same form of therapy as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). ART is not hypnotherapy. The client is very much involved and in control of what is occurring during these sessions. EMDR is a form of therapy that was developed to help treat trauma. Both forms of therapy use eye movements, however, EMDR is a longer form
of treatment (10+ sessions) while ART shows positive results within 1-2 sessions. ART’s objective is to help provide immediate relief and remove the pain.
ART in my practice
I know that there could possibly be a bias as I am writing this blog and I practice in this form of therapy. However, I will only practice modalities that I truly believe show benefits to my clients and have proven to me to be effective.
While being trained in ART, I will admit I was skeptical, and I questioned whether this form of therapy could actually work and be helpful. I initially felt nervous introducing this to my clients while at the same time wondering how they would receive it.
These doubts were quickly alleviated. I have witnessed feelings of relief, freedom, confidence, peace, happiness, and many more positive feelings after the session(s) conclude. Often clients finish the session feeling like a weight has been lifted off them and they can move on with their lives not having to carry around what had been weighing them down for many years.
As the developer of ART, Laney Rosenzweig, quotes:
“The most difficult aspect of discussing ART is the fact that it sounds too good to be true.”