Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Changing Negative Emotional Responses

Accelerated resolution therapy (ART) is an evidence-based approach to counselling that focuses on changing negative emotional responses attached to traumatic memories.

At Breland Counselling, our ART sessions are designed to help clients reduce the emotional distress associated with traumatic experiences and promote healing and resilience.

Understanding ART

ART is based on the idea that traumatic memories can become stored in the brain and body, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Our therapists use a combination of imagery, eye movements, and relaxation techniques to help clients process and integrate these memories, reducing their emotional charge and promoting healing.

Changing Emotional Responses

In ART sessions, clients learn to access and process traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment. Our therapists guide clients through a series of eye movements and relaxation techniques to help them change their emotional responses to these memories, reducing their intensity and distress.

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The body doesn’t know that the trauma is over if the mind is still stuck at the scene.

Here’s the thing about trauma. It can be debilitating. I haven’t met a single soul yet who hasn’t experienced it. And it always comes down to unprocessed emotions. Then we encode an experience in terror. Our body flips the making-sense-of-it part of our brain out of the way so we can function with the basics. It’s protective and necessary. The critical part is integrating those experiences back into the making sense-of-it part of the brain after the experience is over. Otherwise, the mind can still believe it’s back there. The integrating part, see, that’s why the talking about it, the naming it, becomes vitally important. And we often can’t do that alone. Having somewhere to put it – and make sense of it – is the important and sometimes painful part that so many of us try to avoid. The cost if we don’t is we stay stuck at the scene, where bodies are in a heightened state. It is what your body needed to do in the moment – but it doesn’t need to stay there. The hardest moments of our lives don’t need to hold us hostage

Promoting Healing & Resilience

ART therapy promotes healing and resilience by helping clients reprocess traumatic memories and reduce their emotional impact.

Our therapists provide compassionate support and guidance throughout the process, helping clients navigate their healing journey with greater ease and resilience.

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