Rapid Recovery from Trauma and Other Mental Health Problems
How ART Works
In ART, the eye movements are thought to be conducive to sorting out problems quickly through increasing the integration of activities in the left and right sides of the brain. These movements also seem to help the client process information by producing a deep feeling of relaxation. Yet ART is not hypnosis. During REM our brains are quite active and the brain waves are similar to those when we are in an awake state.
The main and crucial way in which ART differs from other eye movement therapies is that it is directive. The therapist focuses the client’s thoughts through interventions, most of which are unique to ART, such as Voluntary Memory Replacement / Voluntary Image Replacement (VMR/VIR). These interventions by the therapist actually empower the client. It is the information provided by the clients as they process their problems that leads the clinician in directing the session. The first of five “C’s” that contribute to ART’s uniqueness is “Client Centered” because the client is in control of the entire ART session and it is the client’s responses that shape the interventions. ART is also “Creative”, both on the part of the therapist and the client, “Conversational”, much like a traditional talk session, “Closure Oriented”, because it is geared toward helping the client out of pain or discomfort as quickly as possible, and has a “Calming” effect on the clients as they work out their problems.
The developer of ART, Laney Rosenzweig, says, “I knew the power of eye movements from my first session of using them with a client. While she was engaged in the eye movements, I directed her to go back in her imagination and speak to her younger self. My hair stood on end as I heard her make peace with her younger self.” It was the combination of eye movements and the therapist’s direction that brought this client’s problem to such a quick and effective resolution.
Laney explains that “the experience is much like a regular talk session with the eye movements added to help clients quickly process the information they need to resolve their issues. Clients leave feeling that a weight has been lifted and a wonderful change has been made. They usually find healing in as few as one or two sessions in which the rapid eye movements are used - and it is a drug free therapy.”
What are Image Hunters? Who are Image Hunters? ART therapists are Image Hunters. Image Hunters lead the way, enabling clients to seek out negative images that cause problems and replace them with positive changes. While the facts are not deleted, the negative images are difficult , if not impossible, to retrieve. Once that occurs, problem sensations and problem symptoms are eliminated.
Our Image Hunters say "Keep the Knowledge, Lose the Pain."