ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

EHN Canada is pleased to introduce Accelerated Resolution Therapy as part of our Concurrent Trauma and Addiction Program (CTAP) and Trauma Psychological Injury Program (TPIP). ART is to be included in the treatment schedule at all our inpatient treatment centres in early 2019.

What is ART?

Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions). Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, sexual abuse and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.

What are the Benefits?

The client is always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process. Although some traumatic experiences such as rape, combat experiences, or loss of a loved one can be very painful to think about or visualize, the therapy rapidly moves clients beyond the place where they are stuck in these experiences toward growth and positive changes. The process is very straightforward, using relaxing eye movements and a technique called Voluntary Memory/ Image Replacement to change the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain. The treatment is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques, and the end result is that traumas and difficult life experiences will no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions. Importantly, clients do not even have talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery.

Is ART evidenced-based practice?

ART has been recognized as an evidence-based treatment for psychological trauma and depression by the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). In November of 2015, ART was officially recognized at the federal level by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Specifically, NREPP, which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found ART to be an effective psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, stress, and personal resilience. ART was also classified as a promising therapy for symptoms of phobia, panic, anxiety, sleep and wake disorders, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, general functioning and well-being.