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  • Writer's pictureJoan Buellemer


One of the mental health therapeutic modalities we offer here at Nivon Wellness Center is ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY (ART) and another is EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROCESSING THERAPY (EMDR) for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related mental health symptoms that are common with Addictions /Co-Occurring disorders. We have three therapists here at Nivon Wellness Center that offer mental health therapy Joan Bullemer, Angel Benes and Healther Wilmes. At Nivon Wellness Center we offer Mental Health care for people in HIOP, EOP and as Outpatient Continuum of Care. Joan Bullemer, MA, LPCC, LADC, Masters Level ART Psychotherapist ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Accelerated resolution therapy (ART) is a type of innovative psychotherapy can be a highly beneficial form of treatment for those suffering from addiction and mental health disorders. It was developed by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT, and is influenced by various evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), guided imagery, exposure therapy, and gestalt therapy. The NREPP (National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices), a subsidiary of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), determined that accelerated resolution therapy is an effective form of treatment for PTSD and depression. It was also established to be an effective trauma therapy for those suffering from addiction, anxiety, phobias, panic disorders, and other mental health conditions. ART is referred to as advanced resolution therapy or rapid resolution therapy, the exposure-based psychotherapy technique has been shown to achieve results much quicker than other approaches, often within three to five sessions or less. In many cases, the remarkable benefits of accelerated resolution therapy can occur after only one session. In addition to the mental health conditions mentioned above, ART may be beneficial for those with:

  • Interpersonal (relationship) issues

  • Performance anxiety

  • Family issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Codependency

  • Dyslexia

  • ADHD

  • Chronic Pain

Accelerated resolution therapy can also be a useful approach for individuals who are experiencing grief, memory problems, difficulty focusing, insomnia, and chronic pain. Aside from making progress and achieving results faster than other forms of psychotherapy, a distinct advantage to ART is that patients are only expected to focus on one issue at a time. Upon resolving their reactions to one internal trigger, which typically occurs within the first few sessions, they can move onto another issue. Processing several issues at once can be overwhelming for some patients and prevent healing. Yet with accelerated resolution therapy, they can experience quick progress without becoming overwhelmed. Another reason ART fares well with clients is that talking about their past traumas, emotional triggers, or difficult life experiences isn’t a requirement of the treatment approach. As we mentioned, thinking about disturbing experiences can be painful. Those who suffer from psychological trauma with symptoms of anxiety and depression usually already experience recurring negative thoughts or flashbacks, and many appreciate the option to process this mental distress without a verbal discussion. With accelerated resolution therapy, the images and memories can stay private or discussed at a later date. Someone with a co-occurring disorder suffers from a substance use disorder as well as a mental health condition. In that vein, many people turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with or mask underlying psychological distress. In other instances, addiction is the first condition to occur, which then can lead to other mental health disorders. While it’s not always clear whether substance abuse issues or a mental health condition occurred first, integrated dual diagnosis treatment allows individuals to effectively manage and overcome both. Those with addiction are twice as likely to also suffer from anxiety or other mood disorders. Addiction and mental illness both affect how the brain processes and responds to information. Since co-occurring disorders create obstacles for effectively navigating recovery, Nivon Wellness Center offers co-occurring treatment levels of care, which addresses multiple conditions simultaneously as part of a complete recovery plan. ReplyForward

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