ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY (ART)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a progressive approach to psychotherapy. By combining top-down (e.g., existing evidence-based therapies) and bottom-up (e.g., bilateral stimulation) techniques, ART is shown to provide relief for complex mental health concerns.
WHAT ARE TOP-DOWN AND BOTTOM-UP TECHNIQUES?
Generally, these terms are used to refer to areas of the brain. When we talk about a top-down approach (prefrontal and frontal lobes), we’re talking about thinking, speaking, emotional awareness, logical thinking, and analytical reasoning. When we talk about a bottom-up approach (amygdala, brainstem), we’re talking about memories, emotions, and automatic survival responses.
WHAT IS BILATERAL STIMULATION?
Bilateral stimulation is a key element of ART that provides sensory stimulation (e.g., sounds, tapping, eye movement) in a rhythmic left to right pattern, calming your nervous system. This process activates both sides of the brain and boosts access to positive images, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Bilateral stimulation facilitates integration and reprocessing of both positive and negative material.
WHAT CAN ART BE USED FOR?
PTSD, depression, anxiety, abortion-specific support, stress, personal resilience, grief, relationship issues (family, friends, romantic), self image challenges, general functioning, and well-being.
DOES ART REQUIRE ME TO PUT WORDS TO/TALK IN DEPTH ABOUT PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING EXPERIENCES?
ART does require you to pull up an image in your mind's eye of an experience that is related to your challenge(s), though it’s totally up to you if/how/what you choose to share with me.