Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): a Review and Research to Date

  • Wendi WaitsEmail author
  • Megan Marumoto
  • Jennifer Weaver
Military Mental Health (CH Warner, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Military Mental Health


Purpose of Review

To describe and summarize published research on accelerated resolution therapy (ART), a promising and relatively new psychotherapy with the potential to offer rapid and effective resolution of a wide range of psychiatric symptoms. Unlike most evidence-based psychotherapies, ART is a predominately imaginative therapy that relies upon the rescripting of distressing events and metaphors as one of its key therapeutic elements.

Recent Findings

The number of studies conducted on ART is limited, primarily consisting of one randomized, controlled trial (RCT) with 57 subjects and two large cohort studies involving 80 and 117 subjects, respectively. However, a growing body of research in the neuroscience field involving the initial creation (consolidation), activation, and reconsolidation of memories may also be relevant and is summarized herein.


ART appears to be an effective, efficient, and versatile form of psychotherapy. Future studies, particularly high-quality RCTs, are needed to more fully understand the potential reach of this promising therapeutic modality.


Posttraumatic stress disorder Depression Psychotherapy Eye movement Reconsolidation 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army/Navy/Air Force, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. The authors have no financial or ethical conflicts of interest to disclose.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fort Belvoir Community HospitalFort BelvoirUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeAlexandriaUSA

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