What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.)?
Created from E.M.D.R. (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), this is the most current new wave of the most effective, evidence-based treatment for any Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (and many other disorders: OCD, trichotillomania, SUDs/Addiction, intrusive thoughts, medication-resistant depression etc.).
When I first heard about A.R.T., it seemed too good to be true to me as a clinician... and then my boss did it on me in 2018, and I was converted. Since my training and certification in 2020, I am continually amazed at how effective this treatment is.
This Veteran with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) shares his personal experience with A.R.T.
Some more about A.R.T.
Here's another great video describing what A.R.T. (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) can do for you.
Growing Body of Research Articles
A.R.T (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) is the next 'wave' of development with roots from E.M.D.R. While it is newer (developed in 2008) than more traditional methods like E.M.D.R. (1987) and continues to undergo research and clinical trials, it is continually shown to provide as much benefit or more than E.M.D.R. in the reduction of P.T.S.D. symptoms.
Since 2015, Accelerated Resolution Therapy has been used at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a more cost-effective, and less time-consuming treatment than EMDR for PTSD treatment of military personnel.
This year, the creator of A.R.T. published a book entitled Too Good to Be True?: Accelerated Resolution Therapy, which can tell you even more about A.R.T., how it was created from EMDR, and why it works so much faster than other trauma reprocessing. You can also read more testimonials. (You can read a free sample of the book )
You can read more about A.R.T (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) in the following articles:
"ART appears to be a safe and effective treatment for symptoms of combat-related PTSD, including refractory PTSD, and is delivered in significantly less time than therapies endorsed by the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration"
"[A.R.T. only requires] a 10- to 15-minute mental review of painful life experiences. The patient may share as much or as little of these experiences as he or she chooses. It allows the patient to choose and replace negative images with positive ones."
"...the most difficult thing about spreading the use of ART is, “it sounds too good to be true.” However, research continues to show that this groundbreaking technique is effective and powerful for patients with several types of disorders."
"Most of the evidence-based therapies for treating posttraumatic stress expect to take between 12 and 20 sessions to be effective. ART, meanwhile, has been shown to be effective in only three to five sessions in scientific studies of both military and civilian populations"