Accelerated Resolution Therapy Helps People Move Beyond Trauma

Young soldier suffering from depression after war

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an evidenced-based psychotherapy that has demonstrated proven results in treating individuals with PTSD.

The therapy, which continues to gain popularity nationwide, aims to resolve a traumatic memory through a combination of relaxation and memory visualization. This treatment provides effective relief from strong physical and emotional reactions associated with PTSD in as few as one to five sessions, with the average being four sessions.

Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) is far more common than many people realize and often misunderstood by both the general public and those suffering from the symptoms it presents. Too often these symptoms may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and are at times hidden or ignored until something happens that attracts the attention of the authorities or loved ones.

ART International is a foundation that is interested in expanding the reach of Accelerated Resolution Therapy – and is committed to increasing the number of clinicians certified in this treatment. The nonprofit will be stopping in Asheville starting July 5 to offer local clinicians an opportunity to be trained and certified in this therapy.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is different thank traditional methods. This form of psychotherapy provides the most effective and innovative therapeutic method in a rapid recovery setting by reprogramming how the brain stores traumatic memories and imagery.

Characterized as an exposure-based therapy, ART aims to resolve a client’s traumatic memory through a combination of relaxation and memory visualization. This approach provides effective relief from the strong physical and emotional reactions associated with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and performance, in as few as one to five session, with the average being four.

Asheville’s training session is one of more than 100 training sessions that ART International is hosting throughout the country in 2018. Licensed clinicians including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors are eligible to participate in the training. Therapists who complete the session will earn 21.5 CEUs and are immediately certified to use ART in their practice.

From July 5-7, Art International will be training and certifying local therapists in Accelerated Resolution Therapy in Asheville. The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 2 Lakeway Circle in Weaverville.

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About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.