They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But when an image or memory from the past is contributing to distressing physical and emotional reactions in the present, it can have a very real impact on how you perceive and move through the world.


ART is an evidence-based therapy that works to reprogram the way distressing memories and experiences are stored in your brain.


You keep the facts, but the associated pain is diminished. 

How does ART work? 

Eye movements are used to create a calm and relaxed state within the body and brain. This, combined with physical and emotional relaxation strategies and a technique called Voluntary Image Replacement, works to reprogram the way in which distressing images and memories are stored in the brain.


New images that evoke feelings of peace and safety replace those that have been troubling you. You will still remember what happened, but the memory no longer triggers strong physical and emotional reactions in your body.


This brief, but effective, therapy differs from traditional talk therapy. You will only be required to share with your therapist as much as you are comfortable, which may be helpful for people who have difficulty explicitly talking about their trauma.


Evidence suggests ART can have lasting effects in as little as 1 – 5 sessions. 

Who is ART helpful for?

ART is not appropriate for virtual counselling. Sessions take place in person at our offices.


Research shows ART has been helpful for individuals experiencing:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic response to distressing events/experiences (for example, abuse, violence, relationship break up, car accident)
  • Generalized anxiety and social anxiety
  • Specific phobias
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Grief


Monarch Psychology offers a free 15-minute phone consultation to see determine if this therapy is right for you. Contact us today for more information. 

Our ART Therapist

Anna Robertshaw