Accelerated Resolution Therapy in the News
Research involving the use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is just one of five studies investigating state-of-the art therapies to help service members and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan heal from symptoms of combat exposure such as post traumatic stress and mild traumatic brain injury as part of the Research to Improve Emotional Health and Quality of Life among Service Members with Disabilities (RESTORE LIVES) Center at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.
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The ART method is intended to help clients bring problems to a quick and effective resolution. The client uses back-and-forth eye movements, which integrate activities in the left and right sides of the brain, as their thoughts are focused by the psychological therapist. The revolutionary intervention employs a technique known as Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement, in which the client can replace a negative memory with a positive memory of their choice, or reinterpret the memory. Studies with non-veterans have shown that clients were able to resolve memories of painful or disturbing experiences in just one or two therapy sessions, and the RESTORE LIVES researchers will evaluate whether veterans experience this same level of benefit.