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I wanted to write this testimonial to get the word out about Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I have suffered from anxiety, depression, poor memory and sleep disturbances for decades after a traumatic brain injury in 1969. I had been anxious as a child but the brain injury and several subsequent life experiences worsened this, making my daily struggles so much more severe. My constant anxiety and poor sleep patterns negatively impacted my life in so many areas. It especially affected my family, who became so tired of my constant worrying. I also struggled with low self esteem, low energy level and racing, obsessive thoughts.
I had tried antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications but could not tolerate the side effects. I also had counseling on and off for years with little relief. As an RN, I had watched many of my patients struggle with these same issues and my heart ached for them.I felt powerless to help them or myself.
Now at the age of 63 and recently retired, I decided I had to do something to improve the rest of my life. I was so tired of living like I had been for 40 years.
After seeing a TV presentation by Laney Rosenzweig about ART, I knew I owed it to myself to try it. I was very skeptical and unsure of the "science" behind this therapy. After only 1 session of ART, I was actually in disbelief about the way I was feeling. Going home from the session, I could only describe to my husband that I felt inexplicably "lighter, as if a huge burden had been lifted from me. In subsequent days, I am rejoicing in my new found energy, much better sleep, improved memory and major decreases in my anxiety and racing thoughts. Although I am still concerned about family worries and have not totally forgotten painful memories , I am not obsessing about them all the time. It is an awesome feeling!! I am now actually able to "let things go"!
This therapy is an earth shaking modality , especially for those of us that cannot tolerate medications and/or do not have insurance or the time to go through hours of "talk therapy". It has the potential to change the entire mental health field.
Thank you again, Laney, from the bottom of my heart. I truly feel healed now. ART is as close to a miracle as I have ever come. I have been suffering with the negative effects of PTSD for 13 years. Within the space of an hour, I have been healed. No more self-pity, depression, and anxiety connected to "my story." It's like that movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" only you are the author of your new story and the painful feelings surrounding a situation have been de-electrified. Life should be lived to the fullest. I feel like a free woman now with new opportunities! Thank you!
Client served in the military, developed PTSD after standing guard stateside over the bodies of her fallen comrades. She could not sleep without lights, could not watch television for fear there would be a dead body. Her life was unraveling.
”When I was doing funerals, I would stand over the bodies and hear the sound of the body settling in the coffin and smell the smells.”
She left the ART session feeling ”high and happy-tired. I had no bad feelings, no anxiety and my chest didn’t get tight. I usually couldn’t talk about it. I would clam up and freak out, but it was amazing. I’m doing just fine. I have days that are up and down but I’m a strong person. I really am.”
“I have been able to sleep the night. I noticed when I was alone and it was quiet my mind always went to the moments of my loss. Now I don’t focus on that time. I tend to drift to better memories that bring a smile. I still cry over my loss, but it does not bring nightmares at night.”
I had problems dealing with my mom’s death and ART solved this problem. It took all my anxiety and sorrow away from me. I also am so focused and clear minded from this therapy that it helped me reach my goal of becoming an entrepreneur. The therapist directed me in finding my own answers in just one session. Now, I have a starting point to begin preparation for my business.
I am not so co-dependent. I’m relating to others differently - more sure, confident. I have definitely reclaimed a part of myself that was lost. I always felt that I was not enough. I feel so much more complete.
I was extremely skeptical of ART but figured I had nothing to lose. After one session my feelings have changed dramatically. I am no longer sad, anxious or depressed about the situation that haunted me for months.
I have been using Accelerated Resolution Therapy in my practice for almost 3 years with incredible results.
Individual's have experienced resolution of combat related trauma symptoms, including PTSD that has been active for 40+ years, with no return of symptoms reported after as little as one session and complex trauma requiring more sessions to heal the layers of trauma involved. This includes not being triggered by the sound of helicopters, backfire, fireworks, gunfire or other triggers. Response to crowds and enclosed places range from becoming tolerable to unnoticeable--the circumstances no longer bothering them at all. Individuals have reported reduction and full resolution of auditory and visual hallucinations when underlying attached trauma was addressed.
The results for sexual trauma have been just as notable. I've heard from patients that they have been in therapy before to address sexual abuse or sexual assault issues and continued to struggle with intense responses to triggers. They have reported resolution of symptoms and are no longer triggered after processing and using visualization in ART.
I have repeatedly been thanked by my patients, after processing trauma, and had them smiling or laughing because of the relief they experienced. I have used it with children to address adjustment disorder, depression, school anxiety and test anxiety with no reported return of symptoms and parents reporting dramatic improvement in a single session.
It is not uncommon to hear a practitioner say "things may get worse before it gets better" in addressing issues in therapy. Using ART the reverse is true and you can say with confidence "you may notice that you feel better or have complete relief of symptoms" even when dealing with the toughest of issues. I find that not only are my clients finding relief every session but that I come away energized as opposed to feeling drained.
I highly recommend Accelerated Resolution Therapy. It works now!
I couldn't wait any longer to tell you that I have been using ART since attending your Tampa training and I remain happily amazed at the results!! I am looking forward to continuing to work with my future clients and sharing the benefits and healing that ART provides.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom and "your baby!"
Yesterday afternoon I "ARTed" (a new adjective), a 28 y/o male client after treating him for a trauma incident that happened to him a decade ago. We worked for a year of therapy 2-1/2 yrs. ago, took a break and started back Not only did we get to the root of why he's been holding it so long, which resulted in a social phobia, but he and I (both) discovered why he couldn't get past it. He displayed the only emotion (tears) w/ me that he's ever shown and was finally able to let the incident go, which was based on GUILT! Whew! Powerful! Gives me those "good goosebumps" to which Laney refers. He will now likely progress thru therapy w/ only a few more sessions, but I am confident that the "Universe" will provide me w/ many more in his place.
ART is my new high that gets better all the time helping people in such great personal pain. I thank all of you for allowing me to be involved with this project going further and spreading it to so many more therapists who I talk with on a daily basis throughout the United States.
I just wanted to extend my thanks (again) for such an amazing experience. I spent my whole drive home thinking about the applications ART in my practice and how excited I am to begin sharing this with clients and other clinicians. I feel really ready to use ART and know that I have the confidence to do so because of my experience in training. You all were wonderful to work with. Thanks again and I am so looking forward to the advanced training!
As clinicians we seek to facilitate change. We identify strengths, pair them with challenges, and encourage our clients to invest in themselves. Change is a frightening proposition frequently met with disabling defense mechanisms and resistance. It takes courage, strength, and conviction to let go, trust, and change. This is a giant step. Well, "You can't cross a chasm with two small steps."
ART is a safe and sound agent of change. It is a profound giant step in clinical practice. It is revolutionary intuitive, and inspirational. You can't argue with results.
A former skeptic
ART is a transformative intervention that allows the client to see a problem in a way that is safe, gives them a choice in determining a solution and allows them to leave each session empowered. In the two years; that I have been using ART, the results have been astounding. Every clinician should know ART!
ART is an exciting new option for people seeking psychotherapy. Alone or in combination with traditional counseling, ART is a powerful therapeutic tool. My client's are seeing fast, effective results that are long lasting. I recommend ART because it has broad application and can be used for anything from trauma to increasing confidence and self-esteem. If it can ease emotional pain and mental distress in a fast, safe, non-invasive way it's a no-brainer!
I am truly impressed with the movement I have seen my clients make after their first session. I have seen clients with anxiety start the session very tense and walk out relaxed and smiling, even after addressing painful memories. This is becoming my preferred approach for many issues.
"So nice to wake up and hear from you and know it wasn't just a dream!" I read this quote on gratitude and chuckled to myself, so I wanted to share it, "I would lie in bed at night and say the alphabet, counting all the things I had to be grateful for, starting with the letter A... this made a great change in my life." - by Unknown.
So I am going to do this and start with ART! I think Laney discovered gold and taught us how to mine it!
What a gift!
I have had two amazing sessions with young women from Azerbaijan. They are very traumatized and generally critical and negative and skeptical about almost everything.
ART was an amazing and uplifting experience for both! One woman was able to use the phone after, a huge breakthrough!
Hurray for ART!
I have been seeing an 8 year old for 1 1/2 years due to father's ill health and the responsibility this kiddo has in caretaking, and, at times, contacting emergency personnel due to dad's deterioration. As a result, he has significant anxiety. A key point in the father's health is that his health deteriorated due to a doctor's decision to discontinue medication without consulting the father's specialist team.
So, he engaged in ART. During the bridge scene, he shared with me that he met a fox 1/2 way across the bridge that had something in his mouth. He picked up the fox, went back to the initial side of the bridge to get his dad. They walked together with the fox to the other side of the bridge, the fox had a needle of medicine for his dad, which his dad took. He was then able to describe the scene of the two of them being able to play together again outside. And he was instantly relaxed. It was magical!!
Just thought I'd share!
Have a great one,
Laney, the best gift I have ever received as a therapist is training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. To be thanked, in this field, all day every day is stunning...and to hear it because those who get the benefit of an ART session no longer have to struggle with flashbacks or nightmares or anxiety attacks...Best therapy ever!
I completed my first case today. Artometer: 10 down to 3. She came in with stress from dealing with extended family members and most recently heightened around a Wedding of cousin in December. She presented with headache daily, depression, gaining weight, irritable with "wonderful" husband and unable to achieve pregnancy.
After the process of ART, she responded first with: I feel lighter, the heaviness in my head is no longer there. She kept asking how did you do this? (I did a great job of fully explaining the "why" of how it works at the beginning, but she was still so surprised). She kept turning her head trying to figure out how she could feel so much better.
And she calmly added another comment, just before she left my office, "I feel like calling my Aunt." And then she explained in amazement, "I have been avoiding talking to her and now I feel like calling her." I think she feels this because of my suggested metaphor for the Director process.
Thank you so very much for your sticking your neck out to provide your ART modality to our profession!
Very exciting! ART is my main approach with the clients I work with... So effective!
Congratulations!!! As an ART therapist, it is by far the best tool in my tool belt!
I just had an ART session yesterday and am just so impressed with the client’s reported outcome this morning. He’s a man in his 50’s with major depression, history of trauma, substance abuse and loss, trying to get his life together. He had been carrying around guilt, worthlessness – and images from age 17 at his mother’s hospital bed as she was dying. We used Gestalt in the Director scene, he completely erased and replaced 4 snapshots in outprocessing, and was able to do the pile and the bridge successfully. This man was very skeptical about ART but willing to try. He left me a voicemail last night and came in this morning saying he tried to find the images but couldn’t – asking if that was supposed to happen. He said he is not used to not carrying these images and feelings with him. He told me he has the memory but not the images and emotions – which I know is what ART does, but to hear this straight from a client and to see him smiling today and standing tall, is truly remarkable.
Laney, Thank you for introducing me to Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which you used successfully as a tool for helping to cope with a severe case of claustrophobia. On a recent trip to Europe, for example, I was able to experience the flight, massive summer crowds, elevators, and other confined spaces without even a twinge of anxiety. I now use the technique periodically, simply for maintenance purposes, although I'm sure that is overkill. I'm pleased that I trusted your judgment regarding ART as the appropriate treatment for my situation, and I'm sure you will have similar successes with future patients. Thank you, once again.
I had a very pleasant and hopefully a lasting positive outcome today while undergoing Accelerated Resolution Therapy concerning my "freezing of gait" due to Parkinson's Disease. I was very impressed with your expertise in the field of ART and I believe your recommendation will help me with my situation. Thank you for spending time with me.
A needle phobia - she could not use a needle and thread and did not know why. She had tried many therapies over the years. With ART's assistance in only one session, she quickly discovered the trigger origin of her problem and was able to sew on a button - amazed all the while she was actually holding a needle.
Everyday seems so much lighter for me, like a heavy black cloud has passed overhead and the sun has come out. I'm no longer looking to save everyone...everyone is on their own! Not sure if that is good or not, however I'm OK with it for the first time ever. It amazes me that this could happen with just one session. I'm even sleeping better.
NOW...this just happened. I know I spoke with you about my fear of snakes which has been with me since I was a little girl. My mom was with me that frightful day of the snake encounter. Well, I just had another meeting with a snake last weekend, at my new home. I was working with my plants, turned to get something and when I turned back around a snake slithered right in front of me.. right where I was working..under the trailer..my bedroom no less. In the past I would have been screaming like a Banshee and on the hood of my car, heart racing and hyperventilating in less than a second. However, none of that happened, I just said "Oh My" and watched him slither by. I had totally forgotten about him by bedtime and had the best night sleep all week.
I had to share this with you because this is such a big think to me. You have no idea. It was a pleasure getting to know you.