Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)Counseling Center

What is ART?

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a therapeutic approach employing bilateral stimulation to aid in the reprocessing of traumatic or distressing memories. Bilateral stimulation involves the rhythmic stimulation alternation between the right and left hemispheres (or sides) of the body. Typically, bilateral eye movement, resembling the eye movements during REM sleep, serves as the primary mode of bilateral stimulation in ART. Bilateral tactile or auditory stimulation methods can also be employed. By combining bilateral stimulation with guided visualization of past memories, therapists facilitate the reduction of distress levels associated with these memories while enhancing positive emotions and sensations. Notably, clients undergoing these therapies are not required to verbally recount their past traumas; they can choose to disclose as much or as few of the details of these past events as they feel comfortable with to their therapist.

In addition to treating trauma, ART can be used to treat a wide array of mental health concerns such as: extreme stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, grief, and addiction issues.

ART is recognized as an evidence-based practice by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

All of the Gustavus Counseling Center's therapists therapists are trained in ART.

For further information about ART, check out the the following videos and website.