Dec 8, 2013
06:11 AMHealth & Science
Connecticut Therapist Has 'Cure' for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sexual Abuse Issues, Depression ...
When West Hartford native Laney Rosenzweig first discovered the life-changing tool that was literally at her fingertips, the therapist's first thought was not of the thousands, possibly millions of lives that would positively impacted by escaping traumatic memory triggers, but more along the lines of "I'd better be careful crossing the street," she said.
That's because, at the time, Rosenzweig was the only person in the world who knew about her discovery. In the six years since, it's something that's changed greatly, and about to change even more after a paper about Rosenzweig's discovery— called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)— is published this week in Military Medicine.
"It's a cure," said Rosenzweig, in a phone interview about ART which leaves clients without any symptoms. The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist first used the ART technique successfully to treat a client with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) during a one-hour session. Since then, countless clients have been helped overcome issues related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, physical and sexual abuse, depression, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and many phobias.
This week, ART will get tremendous exposure after a paper is published in Military Medicine, the official monthly journal of the Society of the Federal Health Professionals. The journal publishes peer-reviewed scientific papers, case reports, and editorials. The paper is authored by Kevin Edward Kip, Ph.D., M.S.P.H, of the University of South Florida.
"This paper is going to have a huge impact," said Rosenzweig, adding that the information will also be distributed through the Army and Navy Times and other military publications.
With Rosenzweig's therapy, veterans are offered "positization" as opposed to "desensitization" faced during Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, she said. Rosenzweig now considers herself an "image hunter" and claims patients can find relief from pain quickly, often within one to three, hour-long sessions.
"The main revolutionary part of this therapy is that we can erase negative images," Rosenzweig said.
ART involves a therapist rhythmically waving fingers in front of a client's face to induce eye movements similar to those occurring during the deepest part of sleep.
Dissatisfied with other eye-movement therapies she deemed too passive, Rosenzweig says she "discovered something kind of revolutionary" replacing an individual's existing mental images that can trigger post traumatic stress with other images.
ART was one of five therapies chosen for a two-year research study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), funded by a $2 million Department of Defense grant and administered by the University of South Florida (USF) since 2011. Since then, more than 300 therapists have been trained in ART technique.