The Art of BART

Pbk: 288pp, December 2014
ISBN: 9781782201359

BIC Code: Psychotherapy (MMJT)



Bilateral Affective Reprocessing of Thoughts as a Dynamic Model for Psychotherapy

By: Arthur G. O'Malley

The Art of BART (the Bilateral Affective Reprocessing of Thoughts) is a practitioner's introduction to an innovative psychotherapy model that draws on and integrates well-proven therapies (such as EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy and CBT) and on the Indian chakra tradition and other historical beliefs. As a therapeutic approach it has particular relevance to those who are living with the consequences of a traumatic event and those who seek after peak performance in fields such as sport and the arts.

The book introduces the reader to BART as a psychotherapy that can benefit patients with disorders such as anorexia nervosa and dissociative identity disorder, and those who have suffered a traumatic event. It also looks at the information
processing of the mind-body at the levels of the gut, heart, and the head brain, and it makes connections between the
endocrine and immune systems and the chakras of Indian tradition. The latest theories on the neurobiology of trauma are explained and the application of BART to patients with autism and other conditions is discussed. Included in the book is a step-by-step guide to the five stages of BART and a detailed template for assessment of trauma with respect to any sensory or motor dysfunction by the 12 cranial nerves which emerge from the brainstem as part of the peripheral nervous system.

The final chapters introduce readers to key concepts in neuronal development, with particular reference to the default mode network whose normal maturation is often hijacked by traumatic experiences well into adult life. Novel ways to ensure accurate DNA replication are mentioned, and the value of using BART to help people achieve peak performance in a range of fields (such as sports and the arts) is described. There is also a detailed health questionnaire, which practitioners can use to supplement their practice.

Selection from contents

  1. Concept of intuition and introduction to BART psychotherapy for both psychotherapy and peak performance
  2. Activation of the Chakras using BART psychotherapy and peak performance
  3. Summary of gut/brain, heart/brain, and head/brain’s neurodevelopment
  4. Vibrational frequencies related to accelerated information processing in patients or clients
  5. Proposals for BART psychotherapy with special populations and the effects of trauma, abuse, and neglect on the developing infant brain of the patient or client
  6. The mysteries of consciousness
  7. Development of thought and the role of BART psychotherapy and peak performance in reprocessing thoughts
  8. Guidelines to practitioners for conduction a BART psychotherapy and peak performance session

About the Author

Arthur G. O’Malley has worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for over 10 years. He is the clinical director of Mascot Child and Family Services Limited providing medico-legal reports and a range of therapeutic services to children and families. He has been an EMDR Europe reaccredited consultant from 2008-2018 and was a member of the ninth European EMDR Conference organizing committee in 2008. In 2011 he became a fellow of the royal college of psychiatrist and organized a conference on traumafocused therapies, hosted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Manchester. That same year he presented The Art of Bart at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in Montréal, Canada and at the Bowlby Centre in London. He has presented widely on attachment disorders, dissociation, ADHD, Autism and the impact of trauma and neglect on the developing brain. Recently he presented this dynamic psychotherapeutic model in London, Coventry and Liverpool.