accelerated resolution therapy

An Evidence-Based Creative Approach to Therapy Developed by Laney Rosenzweig, MS, LMFT

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WHat is art?

Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based eye movement therapy. It’s effective in treating numerous problems, including trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, phobias, as well as self esteem issues. ART can produce rapid change, frequently in as little as 1-5 sessions.

ART is officially recognized as a treatment for psychological trauma and depression by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services Association, National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

How does art work?

With ART we say, “Keep the Knowledge. Lose the Pain.” When we recall a memory, we have about six hours in which memory change is possible. ART helps change the pain connected to the memory by utilizing smooth-pursuit hand movements. Clients continue to recall the event and keep the facts, but no longer experience the negative images, sensations and symptoms connected to the memory. With ART, the focus is on image replacement instead of cognitions, because the cognitions change naturally with image replacement. As the client, you’re in control of selecting new images.

What are smooth pursuit hand movements?

Imagine you’re at a tennis match. As your eyes follow the back-and-forth movements of the tennis ball, you’re engaged in smooth pursuit eye movements. ART enhances rapid eye movements (REM) similar to the movements our eyes make while dreaming. Utilizing hand movements and unique visualization techniques, ART changes how the body is affected by distressing images or memories. We can replace negative images and sensations with positive ones.

How do ART sessions differ from traditional psychotherapy?

Many clients benefit from traditional talk therapy, but research has discovered that talking about past traumas can be retraumatizing. ART sessions are unique because the client doesn’t need to relive the event. In fact, clients don’t need to verbalize any details at all. The strongest emotions may be brought up again initially, but clients quickly move through this phase of the process and experience peaceful and calm feelings after the hand movements.

How did art begin?

ART was developed by Laney Rosenzweig, MS, LMFT.
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