How ART Works
ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapies. ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. ART combines long respected, sound treatment practices with safe and effective methods validated by current scientific research studies conducted by the University of South Florida.
Therapy approaches used in ART are informed by:
Exposure Therapy (including imaginal, narrative and in-vivo)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Imagery Re-scripting (used in many cognitive therapies)
Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
Core Techniques of ART
ART utilizes the core techniques of evidence based PTSD treatment recognized by national organizations as well as the DoD and VA. ART incorporates a combination of techniques in a very unique and specific way.
ART can be utilized with other therapies and medical treatments.
The client is always in control or what is happening.
ART does not involve hypnotherapy.
No medication is given; however, if clients are are already taking medications, ART can still be used.
Clients can choose whether or not to share their most distressing memories.
There are no homework assignments.
The client does not have to purposefully recall the traumatic scene(s) between sessions.