Accelerated psychotherapies are influenced by the latest research on how the brain works and how relationships can influence brain functioning. These therapies are intensive, dynamic, and powerful, and they are described as accelerated because they typically work more rapidly than other "talk" therapies in helping individuals to heal and grow.
Traditional "talk" therapies attempt to create psychological change from the top down. They first focus on the thinking part of the brain in the frontal lobes in hopes of influencing your emotion and motivation. This approach funnels treatment through rational and irrational thinking in hopes of stimulating an emotional shift, which it sometimes does. Yet progress can be slow. Most of us know or have heard of people who have been in psychotherapy for years and have gained an analytic understanding of why they behave the way they do, yet have not effected any significant change in themselves or their lives.
Accelerated psychotherapies aim to create psychological change from the bottom up. They help a person target and then sustain awareness of their own deep individual experience-including their emotions and physical experience—in real time. Aided by techniques such as mindfulness, neurofeedback, or brain music, individuals learn to exercise the social circuitry of their brain and sharpen their focus on the lower parts of their brain, including the limbic system, the battery where much negative emotion is fueled.
Harnessing the power of emotion, and tapping into the motivational circuits of the brain, heightens the brain's receptivity for change. Talk is used in accelerated therapy; however, rather than used primarily for analysis, talk is used to guide individuals to focus on and deepen their awareness of their internal experience. Then a fresh connection can be made to the other parts of the brain, allowing new creative solutions to rigid and problematic ways of being and positive emotion to emerge.
Accelerated therapies represent a synthesis of the latest studies in psychotherapy and interpersonal neurobiology.
For more information on accelerated therapies and how they can benefit you, please contact us at the Center for Accelerated Psychotherapy.
Orli Peter, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG
Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties
Director and Founder, Center for Accelerated Psychology