A new type of therapy is coming to Colorado Springs to help people struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Through research, the program has been able to come up with a therapy targeting PTSD in a very short time period, often in only three to five sessions. 

Michael Conner is a licensed clinical social worker who got trained in ART, or Accelerated Resolution Therapy, as the workshop came through Colorado Springs.

Conner served 20 years in the military, and PTSD is something he’s seen firsthand.

“I think in order to be a good clinician you have to face your own demons, so to speak,” Conner said. 

“At the end of the day, I want people to be as healthy, emotionally and mentally, as possible,” Conner said.

The therapist waving in front of the patient’s face forces the traumatic memories to separate. 

“Kind of forces your brain to talk to itself, and the two hemispheres to talk to themselves,” Conner said. “It helps to un-stick those memories.”

Dr. Diego Hernandez is an ART Master Trainer, and he says traumatic memories, anxiety and even depression are held in the brain differently than positive experiences.

“We’re able to work thorough that and then bring it to a resolution, and then imagine different outcomes,” Hernandez said.

“It takes it out of the realm of mental illness,” Hernandez said. “And it focuses on the story and the experience that someone went through.”

More information about ART International and its upcoming trainings can be found on their website

If you are interested in trying ART, contact Conner at 719-645-7191 or at michaelconner@invictuscounseling.com .