Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

What ART is:

  • Brief (1-5 session)
  • Client-centered 
  • Client-led psychodynamic intervention 
  • Interactive
  • Directive (The therapist will guide you when confused or stuck)
  • Uses eye movements to changes the way information is stored in the brain (memory reconsolidation).
  • Process oriented with goal to achieve resolution 

ART is a form of psychotherapy that was developed using several different evidence based therapies including Gestalt, Cognitive Behavior, Guided Imagery, EMDR and brief psycho-dynamic and exposure therapy. ART combines these different therapeutic approaches with eye movement.

ART like EMDR uses eye movements to facilitate visualization of memories/experience and the eye movements help to reduce distress from traumatic memories. ART focuses on negative images and their connection with emotional and physical reactions. 

The ART process will help you retain the ability to recall the facts of the issue, problem or traumatic incident(s), but you will no longer experience the negative effects that brought you to therapy. This is why ART therapist say “ART helps you keep the knowledge and lose the pain.”

The ART process tends to result in a more rapid and complete recovery; this means most clients find some relief by the end of a treatment session.  Rapid Relief

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

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Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

How It Can Help.

ART has been studied since 2008.  These studies found that with ART individuals experiencing trauma related issues see a reduction in symptoms in 3-5 sessions.  ART support the treatment of the following issues:

Combat PTSD
Panic Attacks
Grief and loss
Substance Abuse
Sleep issues

Who is a good candidate for Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)?

  1. Can you hold a thought?  
  2. Can you move your eyes back and forth?  
  3. Are you motivated to change?

If you answered yes to all 3 questions you are a candidate.

Medical clearance is necessary for individuals with diagnosed eye disorders and history of seizures.  

What to expect from your Accelerated Resolution Therapy Sessions?

Each ART session a client is informed that they are in control of what happens in each and every session.

A typical ART session starts with me asking you to do a full body scan. This allows us to establish a baseline for your current physical state. The ART process will then take you between focusing on the issue/challenge or problem you are seeking relief from and your current physical sensations.  

You will be asked to visualize the issue, challenge, problem or trauma you are seeking relief from in its entirety; the entirety will present itself in session so for individuals who might have difficulty recalling a memory prior to session or have blocked part of the memory the process will still work.

Rapid eye movements are utilized at all stages of an ART session, not only to facilitate visualizing the event, but also to help with any strong emotional or physical sensations that occur during the process. 

ART will have you focus on potentially difficult images even the images you have been trying to avoid.  This is called memory recall and while difficult these memories will be broken-up into segments that last about 30 seconds. 

This process of memory recall will alternate with targeted sensation awareness.  As the physical and emotional stressors emerge you will be helped with a desensitizing procedure to reduce the physical and emotional impact of the memories. 

The ART process slows your reactive stress response through body awareness and memory reprocessing.  

ART allows you to erase those stuck images, sensations and/or problems. Preparing you and your brain to replace them with solutions for their targeted images or memories.  ART use of voluntary image replacement is supported by research which shows that when trauma-related memories are merged with positive experiences, distressing memories become less intrusive. 


Want to learn more about ART call MUV Counseling at 480-300-2635 for a free 15 minute consultation or email questions.  If you’re ready to get started schedule online Now.



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