Day Kimball Hospital’s (DKH) behavioral health department has expanded its services to offer Accelerated Resolution Therapy ® (ART) – a form of psychotherapy that can treat individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health illnesses.
Earlier this year DKH’s behavioral health department collaborated with ART’s founder Laney Rosenzweig, LFMT and local trainer Jennifer Chokas, LCSW from the Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery, LLC to train eight of its clinicians in this ground-breaking technique.
“Our goal is to become the premier organization for emotional recovery in Northeast Connecticut,” said DKH Director of Behavioral Health, Peter Neal, Ph.D., LPC. “Prior to the training, behavioral health clinicians Anthony Morelli, LCSW, Greg Jack, LPC, and Lisa Menendez, LPC, were providing this technique in DKH’s outpatient behavioral health center. With the addition of newly trained clinicians, patients now have more access to this therapy which recently expanded to the inpatient unit at the Hospital.”
ART is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques and works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so they no longer cause disruptive symptoms like panic attacks and depression. Most importantly, patients do not have to talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery.
“Patients have experienced positive results with ART at a faster rate and with fewer sessions needed than traditional psychotherapies” said Dr. Neal.
Individuals suffering from cognitive, emotional, or physical distress from trauma and other mental health conditions could benefit from ART. “With high cases of sexual abuse and other trauma in Northeast Connecticut, ART has made headway at Day Kimball Hospital to allow for rapid recovery through its techniques,” said Dr. Neal.
ART is recognized as an evidence-based practice by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is endorsed by the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Administration as an effective treatment for PTSD among military veterans.
(l. to r.): Front row: DKH Behavioral Health Clinicians, Adult Therapist Lisa Reardon, LCSW; DKH Director of Behavioral Health, Peter Neal, Ph.D., LPC; and Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor Andre Bessette, Ph.D.
Back row: Child and Adolescent Therapist Carol Crowther, LCSW; Adult and Adolescent Therapist Anthony Morelli, LCSW; Adult Therapist Lisa Menendez, LPC; Adult Therapist Greg Jack, LPC; Adult Inpatient Social Worker Matthew Lawrence, LCSW.