As the name suggests, Accelerated Resolution Therapy works more rapidly than other forms of therapy. A typical course of ART includes one to five sessions. Each session last between 60 and 75 minutes. Clients often feel considerably better after only one appointment but should finish the prescribed course of treatment. The secret to ARTs success is that it combines the most effective elements of several modalities, including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, and psychodynamic therapy.
During ART sessions, clients recall traumatic events while the therapist helps them quickly move the distressing sensations out of the body, recategorizing these memories. After one to five sessions, clients no longer feel intense distress when they recall these memories. Furthermore, the memories no longer cause disruptive symptoms such as panic attacks or patterns of negative thoughts.