(ART) Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a relatively new evidence based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was developed by Laney Rosenzweig over a decade ago. It is derived from Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, but, it is more directive, and can be administered in a shorter amount of time. ART-based therapy assists patients in creating new images of past trauma they have experienced, using eye movements to enhance this process and increase relaxation. The therapy usually takes 1 to 5 one-hour sessions, with an average of 3.7 sessions. Although ART is evidence-based,1,2 it is still a relatively new treatment option.
ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapies, ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. ART combines long respected, sound treatment practices with safe and effective methods validated by current scientific research studies conducted by the University of South Florida.
Therapy approaches used in ART are informed by
Exposure Therapy (including imaginal, narrative and in-vivo)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Imagery Re-scripting (used in many cognitive therapies)
Brief Psychodynamic Therapy