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Cutlines - ART Session

Locals learn about therapy

Nancy Morrell-Lamey received treatment from clinical social worker Colleen Clark during a one-day Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) training session Clark conducted on October 2 at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton. 

STELLARTON – Mental health professionals in the area attended an inaugural training session last week to learn about Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) from clinical social worker Colleen Clark.

Nancy Morrell-Lamey helped to arrange the event on October 2 at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou Campus.

She was one of seven therapists from Pictou County who attended. One student from elsewhere in Nova Scotia and another from P.E.I. also took part.

“It changes the way you work,” she said. “It’s a treatment that’s fast and effective. It takes all of the emotional heat out of the trauma event you’re experiencing.”

The International Society of Accelerated Resolution Therapy was founded in 2014. It is considered an emerging form of psychotherapy and is designed to reprogram how distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical or emotional reactions.

Placing one’s hand in front of a client’s face is part of the technique, and the treatment procedure has nine steps.

Morrell-Lamey worked to bring ART studies to Pictou County after visiting the Canadian ART base in Calgary. She met Colleen Clark, a clinical social worker who is also based there and ART national trainer.

Clark described how ART can treat mental health problems that include anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders, personal and professional relationship issues, addictions, grief, and pain management.

“It’s very effective with PTSD,” she said. “It’s an evidence-based therapy.”

Clark can be contacted by email at or by phone at 403-916-6712 for those

who want more information or training.

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