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.

ARTherapy is an often-used acronym when referring to actual treatment. For your questions, email or visit our Contact page.

Therapy approaches used in ART are informed by

  • Exposure Therapy (including imaginal, narrative and in-vivo)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Imagery Re-scripting (used in many cognitive therapies)
  • Guided Imagery
  • 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.

With ART:

  • ART can be utilized with other therapies and medical treatments.
  • The client is always in control of what is happening.
  • ART does not involve hypnotherapy.
  • No medication is given; however, if clients 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.
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