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What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy?

Evidence Based Psychotherapy

Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder? If so, you may be interested in learning about Accelerated Resolution Therapy. This relatively new form of therapy has been shown to be very effective in treating a variety of mental health issues. In this blog post, we will discuss what Accelerated Resolution Therapy is and how it can help you overcome your symptoms.

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy?

Initially, when someone hears that Chateau Recovery offers ART therapy it is met with "Oh, good. I like to draw." Although they share similar names, rest assured there is more to the ART therapy which we offer.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a groundbreaking type of psychotherapy that can treat PTSD, depression, anxiety and trauma endured during an individual's lifetime. As the name suggests, Accelerated Resolution Therapy works more rapidly than other forms of therapy.

During ART sessions, clients recall traumatic events and trained counselors help them quickly recategorize these memories. After one to five sessions, clients no longer feel intense distress when they recall these memories. Furthermore, the memories no longer cause disruptive symptoms like panic attacks and depression.

Practitioners of ART proclaim that 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.

Only a trained mental health professional can effectively use ART with patients. It’s important for such clinicians to specifically receive training in ART.

How Does Accelerated Resolution Therapy Work?

A typical course of ART includes one to five treatments across just two weeks. Each session lasts between 60 and 75 minutes. Patients often feel considerably better after only one appointment but should finish the prescribed course of treatment.

The secret to ARTs success is that it combines the most useful piece of several psychotherapies, including EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt, and psychodynamic therapy.

Although patients can use ART as the sole treatment for their mental health, they may also combine it with other treatments. Some patients continue to take medication throughout their ART, and others attend group therapy. Patients should never stop a prescribed therapy to pursue ART, especially medicines, without the supervision of the appropriate professional.

What can Accelerated Resolution Therapy Treat?

Although researchers first developed Accelerated Resolution Therapy for patients with PTSD, the technique has proven effective for several other disorders as well. Clinicians currently use ART to treat:

  1. PTSD

  2. Depression

  3. Anxiety

  4. Phobias

  5. Alcoholism

  6. Addiction

  7. Grief

  8. Sleep issues

Patients may exhibit other symptoms that do not fit neatly into any of the categories above. As a general rule, ART is effective for people whose symptoms stem from traumatic events. The trauma can be long-lasting, such as war or an abusive relationship. The treatment can also treat symptoms from acute traumas, including assault and accidents.

Patients who experience cognitive, emotional, or physical distress from any of the following traumas may benefit from ART:

  • Abuse, including sexual, physical, and emotional

  • Being the victim of a crime

  • Witnessing or participating in a war

  • Being the victim of a natural disaster

  • Seeing a loved one die suddenly

  • Surviving an accident or fire

  • Living through medical traumas

People who have lived through these experiences may not qualify for a specific diagnosis or may not have sought treatment before. However, they still experience distressing symptoms. ART may help.

Anyone who believes they can experience healing with ART should make an effort to find a residential center like Chateau Recovery which offers ART. A counselor can assess the client’s symptoms, potential causes, and the possibility for ART to help.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy vs EMDR

Since the EMDR served as an inspiration for ART, it's not surprising that the two techniques share several similarities. They are both evidence-based therapies that Chateau Recovery offers. For example, they both use eye movement techniques to help patients quickly. However, ART and EMDR do have a few important differences, including:

  • ART uses a specific number of eye movements, but EMDR numbers vary

  • EMDR focuses on content whereas ART concentrations on emotions and images

  • ART clinicians operate under specific directives, while EMDR practitioners have more general guidelines

  • EMDR is more adaptable than ART

Sometimes, one of these approaches works better for a patient than the other. Clients who do not respond well to one can try the other and may find great success. Here at Chateau, we have counselors trained in both therapies discussed in this blog.

At Chateau Recovery we understand that each person deals with their trauma and PTSD differently. This is why it is so important to have clinicians trained in multiple different modalities to make sure that you get the care that you need and deserve.

Our trauma-trained masters-level clinicians will work with you to find out what the best treatment may be for you. Call (435) 222-5225 today, to find out more about the options that may be available for you.

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