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Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)


Mar 19, 2023

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"Accelerated Resolution Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that offers a rapid and effective approach to treating psychological trauma and related conditions." - American Psychological Association (APA)


Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a form of psychotherapy that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement techniques, and memory reconsolidation. It aims to alleviate distressing symptoms and resolve traumatic memories by accessing and reprocessing them in an accelerated and transformative manner.


  • Assessment: The therapist assesses the client's history, symptoms, and treatment goals, identifying target memories or issues for processing.

  • Preparation: The client learns relaxation techniques and coping strategies to promote emotional stability during the therapy sessions.

  • Visualized Dual Attention Stimulus: The therapist guides the client to focus on a specific image while simultaneously engaging in sets of rapid eye movements or other bilateral stimulation.

  • Cognitive Shift: The eye movements and visualization help to reprocess traumatic memories, allowing for new and positive associations to replace negative emotions and beliefs.

  • Reinforcement: Positive imagery, affirmations, and new insights are integrated to reinforce the positive changes.

  • Closure: Each session concludes with a review of progress and the client practices self-calming techniques to ensure emotional stability.


  • Reduced physiological arousal and tension

  • Improved sleep patterns

  • Alleviation of psychosomatic symptoms associated with trauma

  • Enhanced relaxation response