Got phobias? Past or current traumas? Pain? Maybe you need some ART

Several months ago I participated in a clinician training for Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). According to The Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery, 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). Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, sexual abuse and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.”

Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, until I tried it. As a component of the training, all of the trainees had to play the role of a client and present an issue to our therapist participant. My expectations were low…like really low. However, I couldn’t have been more surprised when, following my ART session, the issue I had was no longer as distressing. I could still remember the issue, but it just didn’t have the same grip on me as it did before. My experience wasn’t the anomaly. I looked around the room and saw clinicians-in-training getting relief from problems like pain, grief, and trauma. When the trainees gathered to discuss their experiences, they had overwhelmingly positive things to say. In addition to our in-class experience, we watched many video and live sessions of the developer and trainer, Laney Rosensweig, MS, LMFT, working with clients with phobias, traumas, and pain transform their fear, distress, and hurt in a very short amount of time. I left the training excited but unsure if those effects could be recreated outside the supportive cocoon of the training environment. After working with many, many friends and family members (Thanks, y’all!!!), I was surprised to see that it does, in fact, work on real-life problems. So, now I’m ready to utilize this therapy to help my clients heal.

Here are some fast facts about ART:

  • The process uses relaxing eye movements and voluntary memory/image replacement to change the way negative experiences and images are stored in the brain.

  • Negative images often do not get processed, leaving the client stuck to re-experience them over and over and over again.

  • The technique grounds the client by continually returning to sensations experienced in the body.

  • The client plays a story of the painful experience or memory in his/her mind, and the ART therapist doesn’t even have to know the details of the experience.

  • ART has evidence to support its use with different types of trauma, phobia, and fear. In fact, ART is recognized as an evidence-based treatment for trauma and depression by the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

  • ART is quick. It can be effective in as few as 1-5 sessions.

If you have pain, a phobia, or trauma, ART might be right for you. Check out this website for more information: http://acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com/web/, and contact me if you’d like to try ART. I’m offering a 20% discount on all ART sessions for the month of April.