Accelerated Resolution Therapy
At Dignity Alliance, we offer free or low cost counseling or support services for Veterans, First Responders, and their family members that are in need. Reach out to us at any time, with any questions, if you think we can help.
What to expect during a session: ART is a protocol used to replace negative responses with more positive responses and can accomplish rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for a few weeks to several years. During a session, a participant will meet with a counselor for approximately 1 hour to work to resolve negative or lingering issues from any time frame or specific event they choose. ART uses eye movements, a scripted protocol, and voluntary image replacement to replace negative sensations with positive sensations. The participant thinks about the troubling event while following the counselors hand with their eyes (the eye movements), without needing to talk about what they are working on. This is done in short segments, as to not overwhelm the participant.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy allows for resolution of trauma responses in just a few sessions. Talk therapy and other eye movement therapies can be helpful to a point but are not always successful for many reasons. Some situations call for a more intensive protocol that can address the root of the issue without asking the person to say the words.
Many people are referred to other eye movement therapies which can have positive effects after several sessions. We often hear that those therapies are "helpful" but don't resolve the symptoms. We also hear of cases where other therapies are too triggering, evoking extreme symptom response without "closing the wound", leaving participants in crisis. This protocol works to directly reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger a strong physical and emotional reaction. It is non-intrusive and the results are changing lives in one session.
All too often people suffering avoid seeking help because of a long standing and respected code of silence. There is a solid understanding that Veterans and First Responders don't discuss what happens on the job. For the first time, there is a proven approach that works and does not include telling the story.
This therapy has been used to help Veterans, First Responders, and victims of trauma heal and overcome anxiety and emotional pain since 2008. This therapy tool was created specifically for Veterans and First Responders to reduce the impact of job related traumas and high-stress experiences.
While we understand that results differ for every person, we will leave it up to the testimonies to explain the results.
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