Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a new evidence-based therapy for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and grief. It was developed in 2008 by Laney Rosenzweig who is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and practiced Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for many years. Laney recognized through her practice of EMDR that it was effective, yet could be improved and that is how ART was born.
ART is a combination of therapies and principles such as; EMDR, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and brief psychodynamic therapy (BPP). Similar to EMDR, ART uses techniques such as rapid eye movement, exposure, imagery re-scripting, and guided imagery. ART is not hypnotherapy. By combining these techniques, a therapist can help to change the way negative images are stored in the brain and reduce negative sensations in the body.
In ART, the client is consistently asked to re-script the traumatic images to whatever seems less threatening. This technique is similar to Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, which is used to treat nightmares, yet different as ART utilizes eye movements.
ART does not require the client to talk about their traumatic event. It is only expected that clients talk about what sensations they are feeling in that moment.