Accelerated Resolution Therapy®

Accelerated Resolution Therapy® is a new type of drug free, eye movement therapy used to accomplish emotional healing resulting from psychological trauma and other mental health problems. ART utilizes a two-phase approach. Phase One: With clinician input, the patient reimagines a prior traumatic experience and reduces psychological sensations that occur with this recollection. Phase Two: The patient "replaces" distressing images and sensations with positive ones. This is accomplished through talk therapy with a clinician and performing sets of eye movements from left to right.
In the late 1980s, it was discovered that when a therapist asked a client to move their eyes while focusing on a problem, the rapid eye movements accelerated the client's recovery. The eye movements have the effect of both reducing anxiety and facilitating new connections between the left and right sides of the brain which is conducive to quickly sorting out a problem. Clients are able to reach a resolution of their problems in a fraction of the time it normally takes with traditional therapies.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy® differs from other eye movement therapies in the directive way it focuses clients while using eye movements. ART uses various interventions, many of which are unique to ART and result in the ART phenomenon known as Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement. Clients can eliminate negative images and can choose the positive images to replace them. Clients are then able to lose the pain associated with the negative images. A conversational approach to therapy is integrated with the eye movement technique. The interventions do not inhibit natural processing. Instead, they serve to accelerate the natural resolution of the problem.
  • Developed in 2008
  • Uses a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies and eye movements
  • Treats traumatic images and experiences
  • Replaces disturbing images with positive images
  • Brief - 1 to 5 sessions depending on situation
  • No hypnosis and no medication
  • No homework
  • High completion
  • Low rate of side effects
Dr. Kevin Kip, in conjunction with the University of South Florida College of Nursing, is conducting a research study for 200 service members and veterans to investigate if Accelerated Resolution Therapy® is helpful in improving symptoms of psychological trauma from combat-related exposure or military sexual trauma.
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a U.S. service member in active duty or veteran
  • Must be having symptoms of psychological trauma from combat-related exposure or military sexual trauma (PTSD)
  • Must not be in psychological crisis or being treated for substance abuse
  • Able to read and speak English
  • Free of charge
  • Service member/veteran does not need to verbally disclose or write about specific details of their experiences
  • All sessions are confidential
  • Nothing will be reported
  • No impact on benefits or disability
  • Therapy provided by a licensed mental health professional formally trained in ART®
  • Assistance with travel may be available
The study is formally registered at https://clinicaltrials.gov/
IDENTIFIER - NCT02030522
Contact one of the program coordinators
Ms. Sue Ann Girling
813.974.9310
sgirling@health.usf.edu
Kevin E. Kip, Ph.D., Professor
University of South Florida, College of Nursing
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
813-974-9266
or visit the website at Accelerated Resolution Therapy®
Three Locations

- University of South Florida, Tampa Campus
- Homeless Emergency Project (HEP) in Clearwater, Florida
- Life Renewal Counseling in Jupiter, Florida
 

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