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Are you tired of using therapies for Autism and Asperger's clients that don't fully serve the whole person?

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Therapists: Are you wondering if there's other ways to help your Autism and Aspergers clients to bridge the gaps and improve their lives? 
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As a therapist, are you frustrated with the low outcomes in your Autism and Asperger’s clients?
Do you suspect there could be greater outcomes but are unsure of how to get there?

You’re right.
You need a new way.

‘Hi. I’m Holly Bridges. An internationally-acclaimed author, neuro-divergent therapist and parent.”

“After working in Autism services, I became disenchanted with the way Autism and Asperger’s people were being treated. The narrative around terms of ‘how to fix ASD meltdowns’ and ‘how to direct their “Pathological Demand Avoidance” left me feeling a little cold, as though there was something missing. What was missing, was the person inside.
So, when I found the Polyvagal Theory, it was like the sun had come out. Suddenly, my life as an autist started to make sense. I saw therapeutic possibilities for people living with autistic inertia; ways to improve their health and wellbeing.”  

In the DSM, therapists are taught that autism is a brain pathology, and it produces a lifetime of difficulty. But, is that really the case?

In a Washington Post article, Celebrity Amy Schumer spoke up about her husband, Chris Fischer’s autism, “to subvert the stigma, sharing that both she and Fischer sought counselling to help them navigate the now clearer terrain that explains why his brain works differently than hers.
No judgment. Just curiosity, discovery, then compatibility
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Imagine if Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was instead reframed, as with no judgement. And, as a journey of curiosity, discovery, then compatibility.
Imagine if it weren’t a trial of battles and difficulty.

Can children, teenagers, and adults with Autism and Aspergers really be supported with neurodivergent therapy that actually works?

Parent Sonya Moors, Australia, said,
“Holly works to empower autistic people to navigate the difficulties that they encounter in engaging in a neurotypical world. She works with their physical, internal, autonomic nervous system to create an experience of being in a parasympathetic state where they can better experience and manage from a place of calm.
This approach empowers autistic people to develop better control of their autonomic responses and develop their own internal compass.

This then allows their brain and nervous system to respond with clarity rather than forcing an acceptable behaviour as dictated to them. This is very different to the usual behaviour modification approaches, which can be very suppressive and create self-esteem and emotional issues as the person learns that who they are is not ok.
For my son, he is able to better manage his emotions, with a great reduction in emotional outbursts. He is choosing to play much more with his brother, with very few physical incidents toward and showing more social skills of sharing, turn-taking and idea building.
The skills that Holly develops are self-skills that can be adopted and practiced independently. This allows for great scope with less reliance on ongoing services.
Such a service not only benefits the individual but the family and community, as we have experienced. It nurtures understanding, connection, acceptance and support from the family, especially as more of the individual’s true self is revealed.
The sessions we have had with Holly have been a breath of fresh air and I can see that life long changes are being made as my son processes the power he has over his own state of being. I would love for more people, especially autistic children like my son, to benefit from such a wonderful gift of service as Holly offers. “

Therapists of Autistic and Asperger’s children, teenagers, and students are seeing smile-worthy changes in their clients.

“As a proud Autist and Therapist, Holly Bridges admits,
“You will never hear me say that I am now free of autism or of being on the spectrum. But, since learning of and applying the Polyvagal Theory (by Professor Stephen Porges) to myself and my therapy, life has wholly improved for my clients and me.
I’ve become an International Author and Speaker, Founder of Zebr.co. In 2018, I won the National Disability Insurance Scheme of Australian Award for Excellence in Innovation. I have written a therapy program based upon my 2014 book, “Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism: How the Polyvagal Theory, and Brain Plasticity Help Us Make Sense of Autism”.

Holly Bridges, A.R.T. Express Online Course Creator / Teacher / Trainer / Therapist

Owen Robinson, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, said,
“Hi Holly. I wish to honour you for the profound impact your workshops have had upon my practice. I’ve been refining my vagus nerve activating strategies every year since 2016. Knowing the simple physiological indicators of success at ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) calming you provided in your workshop has helped me invent a lot of new tools for clients to down-regulate their ANS. I’m hugely grateful to you.”

D. Macnar, Australia said,
“After coming across Holly’s book Reframe your thinking around autism, and seeing her work being embraced by the Aspergers Experts in the USA, I was quick to book appointments for my 8 year old son who has ASD. We have been seeing Holly over 6 appointments, and will continue the treatment. My son connected well with Holly from the start and enjoys seeing her. During our initial appointments, I found it hard to comprehend that such “simple” exercises could be so difficult to do for my son, and that they could have such a profound effect. After each session, my son is relaxed and happy. Something is definitely shifting, and it feels good!

Regarding Holly’s book, Professor Stephen Porges, Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina and author of ‘The Polyvagal Theory – Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication and Self-Regulation (who developed the Polyvagal Theory) said of Holly’s book, “This book provides a new optimistic approach to conceptualise autism.” He concluded, “unlike most books on autism that are targeted to professionals who evaluate and treat, this unique and readable book effectively connects to the families and the people who directly interact with individuals with autism.

Since writing her book, Holly developed the Autism Reframed Techniques™ (A.R.T) program that incorporates the principles of co-design and brain plasticity.

Dr. Porges has described Holly’s work as ‘beautiful and intuitive’, by saying,
Holly works with families and practitioners, teaching techniques
to restore connection between the brain and the nervous system. This technique is a profoundly different way to support people with anxiety and ‘overwhelm’. Working intuitively with a blend of cognitive therapy and neurosensory alignment, Holly is achieving impressive results with a wide-age and ability-range on the autism spectrum. Her work is now also being applied to Parkinson’s, general anxiety, epilepsy, mild/moderate brain injury and ADHD. Holly has conducted workshops and lectured in Australia, the USA, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Gerard Costa, Director, Centre for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. Montclair State University, New Jersey, said,

“Holly is one of those rare “translators” of science into application and practice. She teaches professionals and families and supports those with developmental difficulties with deep understanding, passion and care. She is a gift to our work.”

Lucy H. Pearce, author of Medicine Woman, mother of an 11-year-old on the spectrum said,
Holly is the real deal: highly intelligent, perceptive, experienced and kind. The theoretical underpinning of her approach is well-researched and ground-breaking – based on cutting-edge science and deep wisdom. But most importantly as an autistic mother to an autistic daughter, who has tried a lot of approaches, I KNOW her work WORKS, I can feel the difference it makes in my own life and can see the difference it makes to my daughter. Having her exercises and insight in my toolkit has been the best investment I have made for me and my family.

Parents, Mark and Kelcey Ellis, in Australia, said of Holly’s work with their child,

“Our daughter had an ASD diagnosis and it had been challenging and frustrating to find the right support and fit to grow and nurture her to her full potential. 

Nothing felt quite right, good but not the right fit.
We discovered Holly and her innovative work after seeing a Facebook post about her presentation at an autism conference.

We read through her website, watched all the youtube videos and thought this is really worth investigating further. Lo and behold there was an information session. We attended and the fact Holly sees autism as connecting to all areas of our bodies not just head/brain made so much sense to us. For my husband the discussion around sympathetic and parasympathetic reactions was a light bulb moment to truly begin to understand the challenges our daughter faces day to day. We of course devoured her book. Then reached out to Holly. Best decision.
The brilliance of Holly’s work is it empowers the person. They can control and do the work themselves to feel safe and secure in their own bodies. It is a very slow, gentle process, wonderful and beautifully not set around specific outputs, but listening and working with our daughter at a pace that is best for her, giving her body time to adjust to a new level of comfort in her own body.
I think of it as an iceberg, on the outside it doesn’t always appear much is happening at 1st, but there are significant changes happening below the water/in the body.
Holly’s work is unlike anything we have come across, the proof comes in many many small but significant changes over time, many noted below. But also when family and friends that have known our daughter for many years say, she’s so happy, there’s something different, she wouldn’t have done that before, whatever you are doing keep doing it!
It is far more respectful and acknowledges the intelligence and uniqueness of our daughter, rather than expecting her to conform to scripted social situations…which don’t happen as relationships are organic in nature! Appreciating that her intelligence was always there, it’s just been locked up as she’s been working so hard to cope with the everyday, there hasn’t been capacity for more. Which, little by little, we see and experience wonderful new dimensions of our daughter. This is a gift to her and our whole family’s interactions. Whilst still an ongoing work in progress, we know we are heading in the right direction and equipping her for life in so many areas.”

Would you like to see profound and positive changes happen in an Autistic or Asperger’s person you love and care about too?

It is possible.

It starts with signing up here for the next A.R.T. Express 6-Week (Autism Reframed Technique ™) Online Course.

Discover the unique results you could be getting with Holly’s A.R.T. teachings  and techniques, in this special introductory course.

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Are you wondering what you’ll receive in the A.R.T. Express Online Course?

  • Ongoing online access to the A.R.T. Express course teachings – So you can come back and remember what your learned, until December 2021.
  • Self-paced modules that can be finished in 1-3 hours per week – For learning that happens in your time, when you can fit it in.
  • Course workbook for 6 modules in the A.R.T. Express course – So you can take notes, remember what’s important, and use it.
  • Weekly module quizzes to help you remember what you learn – For you to think about some new knowledge and deepen it.
  • Live access to Holly in weekly zoom coaching calls during the course (Questions can be pre-submitted. Recorded calls are available after the sessions.) – Tune in and get answers heard.
  • Therapists and teachers (or students) can gain 25 CPD accredited hours – Add this online course towards your professional development.
  • CPD certification is included after the final module (download) – Share this certification on your social and LinkedIn profiles.
  • Free private access to Holly’s Facebook Support Group – Continue your learnings with Holly and others in her group. Plus,
The A.R.T. Express Online course and Holly’s weekly live coaching calls include 
6 Modules of Course Content:
 
  1. History of Autism – Why it restricts your thinking
  2. The Polyvagal Theory and A.R.T. – To reframe Autism
  3. Brain/Body Circuitry – The neuro-biological connection
  4. Brain Plasticity – New pathways to get new connections
  5. Hara and Interoception – Life-changing information
  6. Hands and Neuroception – Simple and easy applications

The A.R.T. Express 6-Week Online Course is just USD$250
starting very soon on Thursday 23rd September 2021

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Find out* 10 Easy Things You Can Do To Support Your Autistic or Asperger’s clients today, when you and enrol in the next A.R.T. Express Online Course

Samantha Craft, Author of Everyday Aspergers and Autism in a Briefcase, International Consultant, Senior Manager of DEI at Ultranauts Inc. said,
The A.R.T. Express course manages to combine a straightforward, easy-to-follow method of support with profound authenticity and wisdom. Although “The History of Autism Therapy” module covers a controversial and sensitive topic, Holly is able to present the material with a refreshing emotional vulnerability and calm nature.
While gently acknowledging that differing views and theories exist surrounding the topic of autism spectrum conditions, the program boldly examines the ideology of Western society’s view of mental health and how culture and history influence the treatment of Autistic individuals.
There is ample opportunity to soak up new information, as well as significant time to pause, think, and reflect. Overall, the material focuses less on the deficit model of autism, and moreover on the ins and outs of the neurosensory system and brain-body circuitry, with exact methods of support, and widens our perspective of the overall human condition.

Once your enrollment in the next course gets underway, you will see the impossible start to fade away, and progress in your autist will become profoundly life-changing, for both you and them.

This was the case for Danny Raede, the CEO of Aspergers Experts in Seattle, USA, when he met Holly.

Shane and Tia Miller, Australia, said,
“Our son commenced sessions with Holly to assist with finding ways for him to improve his self-esteem, and find ways to support social interaction. He was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at the age of 9. Over the past 9 years, we have felt the need to effectively manage his emotions in order to allow him to get through his days (calm environment, lots of preparation for anything non-routine, and explaining situational context).

Holly’s holistic approach appealed to us, and her explanation of the behaviours we were experiencing made sense, although we were unsure of what was involved in the treatment.
At this stage, we have had weekly sessions with Holly for the last 5 weeks and noticed changes from after the first session. The most noticeable change has been that he has become more relaxed and this has resulted in improved interactions with peers and the ability to cope with new situations. This aligns with Holly’s explanation of taking him away from the fight or flight response and allowing both his body and mind to relax. The benefits we have seen from this state of being more relaxed are:

an increased ability to cope with changes or different circumstances without being so stressed (such as the first day of the school year)
more relaxed body with less muscle stiffness leading to improved sleep habits
more focused/aware of what is happening in the present moment
more affectionate and welcoming of physical contact
ability to self manage emotions and consider responses before reacting (frequency of reactive situations has reduced)
requirement for us to manage his day to day emotions has dropped significantly
he is instigating meaningful conversations (which previously did not occur)
The simplicity in this approach of allowing the body to be relaxed and communicating with the mind before trying to focus on specific areas to “improve” now seems too obvious. What we have found is that he already knows how to do the things to help him through his days, but he was not able to access them because his body and mind were effectively overloaded and unable to function. Our experience in the last five weeks, compared with the time and effort we’ve spent over the last 9 years to try and maintain some kind of balance and always ending up back at the “drawing board” has me questioning why this isn’t a starting point for not only people on the Autism Spectrum but anyone experiencing forms of heightened anxiety.
It has to be mentioned that we believe it is not only the technique that should be commended but also Holly’s individual approach. Her ability to allow Jed to be himself, provide a safe and comfortable environment for him to openly discuss his feelings with her and at the same time encourage him to be responsible and own the change within his body is quite amazing to watch. We are only at the first stage of working with Holly but are looking forward to what the future holds.”

What happens for ASD children, parents, students, and clients, after the 6-Week A.R.T. Express Online Course?

Three years later, Tia Miller wrote of the continued progress for their son Jed.

“3 years on from working with Holly – I could write a book on the transformation my son and therefore our family have had since we started with Holly! We had a boy who would flinch or cry out if you touched his shoulders, reverse into you as stiff as a board if you asked for a hug, huge sensitivity to sounds/ overstimulation and I realise now the time, effort and stress that went into maintaining life in general. This feels like a
lifetime ago…We’ve since moved overseas, everything is constantly new and he takes it in his stride, all of the things we thought he’d missed learning when the other kids were socially zooming ahead, he’s now added to his bag of skills. He can joke ( yes even sarcasm!), I get hugs all the time ( his request) and best of all he is so happy and confident in his life and friends!
I believe Holly’s work is like rolling a ball of string down a hill, a little effort in the beginning and the results continue effortlessly. We haven’t engaged in any other form of therapy since doing this and I know it will always be there to come back to if new and challenging situations turn up in life.. and not just for my son on the spectrum.
If you are reading this wondering if it’s worth trying, all I can say is – I wish you as much ease and joy at watching your loved one emerge and feel safe in the world as we’ve experienced! I’ve learnt that just because life has been difficult, it doesn’t need to continue to be and that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best! My best wishes to you for a life less limiting!
Tia Miller

Is this course just for therapists in Australia?
Hey, here’s the good news.
You can do this course anywhere in the world with the internet.
Want more?

Make sure you join in for Holly’s A.R.T. Express Online Course Group Calls:

  • 30 September
  • 7 October
  • 14 October
  • 21 October
  • 28 October
  • 4 November

Group Live Weekly Calls happen at this time:

  • 7am AWST (Perth, Singapore time)
  • 9am AEST (Brisbane, Sydney time)
  • 4pm Los Angeles (September 29th)
  • 7pm New York (September 29th)
  • 12am London
  • 1am Berlin
  • 3am Dubai

Are you a Therapist of Autist or Aspie adults, teenagers, students, or clients, ready to start helping them with life-changing growth?

Have you had enough of these labels or symptoms and diagnosis of autism?

  • spectrum disorder
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • autism spectrum disorder ASD
  • repetitive behaviours
  • poor language skills
  • lack of eye contact
  • nil or frustrated facial expressions
  • development disorder
  • bad body language
  • no social skills
  • misses social cues
  • high functioning
  • needs skills training
  • lacks social interaction
  • expresses mental disorders
  • has difficulty understanding
  • avoids social situations
  • may include other DSM 5 mental disorders?

Richard McDermott, a parent in the USA said of his son,
“He is changing so fast I can’t keep up with him. He’s been helping in the kitchen and carrying on conversations all day that are fluid and with a resonant voice. He has smiled so many times today I can’t count them all. Yesterday he read scriptures aloud during our study time – so rare! Oh, he also said he’d like to try different brushes for his hair, as it’s time that it looked better. Oh there’s too much to write at this moment. Thank you!!!”

Only USD$250 starts this new journey for you and your clients. 
Register your enrollment for the next A.R.T. course here.

Limited places are left, and when the 23rd September
6-Week A.R.T. Express Online Course is full, your enrollment will be placed on a waiting list.

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Yesterday’s narratives of Autism and Asperger’s can end.

You can enlighten yourself, your client, child, or student soon.

Tomorrow starts today.

And find out* 10 Easy Things You Can Do To Support Your Autistic or Asperger’s clients today, when you enrol in the next 6-Week A.R.T. Express Online Course here

Note:
Course instructions are suitable for parents, teachers, teacher’s aides, support workers, therapists, doctors and adult autistics.
No prior learning required.
Group discounts available.
Hardship Scholarships available.
The A.R.T. Express Online Course does not licence you to be an A.R.T. therapist.
The A.R.T. Express Online Course is not a substitute for therapy.
As with any online learning, please use your discretion and consult your doctor before engaging with any of the learning and exercises.
* 10 Easy Things You Can Do To Support An ASD Person today is a free PDF download by email, for individuals and group enrollments.

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Holly Bridges' internationally acclaimed book 'Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism'
and her A.R.T. Therapy Program. (autism reframe technique™)

A.R.T. Express 6 Week Online Course

Special packages available for

groups, schools, organisations

Course start date:

Online learning begins: September 23rd, 2021

First live call: September 30th, 2021

Group Calls 7am AWST (Perth, Singapore time)

  • 9am: Brisbane, Sydney
  • 4pm: LA (September 29th)
  • 7pm: New York (September 29th)
  • 12am: London
  • 1am: Berlin
  • 3am: Dubai

Group Calls Dates:

  • 30 September
  • 7 October
  • 14 October
  • 21 October
  • 28 October
  • 4 November

Group Calls will be recorded

You will learn:

Learn to work with clients / students / family members /self from a positive, neurodivergent paradigm.

Connect with a truly unique and respectful approach that doesn't sneak behavioural practices in the back door.


Suitable for parents, teachers, teacher's aides, support workers, therapists, doctors and adult autistics. No prior learning required.

A 100% neurodivergent practice, created by a neurodivergent individual.

Holly’s gift is in making complex theory simple and user friendly. Her unique mind brings the changes you have been looking for.

Meet your Instructor

Meet Holly Bridges

Holly Bridges is an award winning Australian therapist, keynote speaker and the author of the internationally acclaimed book, ‘Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism’.

Holly has developed the Autism Reframe Technique program (A.R.T.) which incorporates the principles of co-design and brain plasticity.

She works with families and practitioners, teaching techniques that help to restore the connection between the brain and body.

Experience

See what people have to say:

Stephen Porges
Professor of Psychiatry.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Holly continues to refine her clinical style, embodying aspects of Polyvagal Theory, that enable her to support her clients’ journey to have richer lives and to experience the benefits of being safe enough to co-regulate with others. Focusing on witnessing the client’s biobehavioral state and providing cues of safety through own presence and accessibility, she has successfully expanded the range of social behavior and resilience.”

Dr. Gerard Costa
Director, Centre for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Montclair State University, New Jersey

“Holly is one of those rare “translators” of science into application and practice. She teaches professionals and families and supports those with developmental difficulties with deep understanding, passion and care. She is a gift to our work.

Lucy H. Pearce
Author of Medicine Woman, mother of an 11 year old on the spectrum

“Holly is the real deal: highly intelligent, perceptive, experienced and kind. The theoretical underpinning of her approach is well-researched and groundbreaking – based on cutting-edge science and deep wisdom. But most importantly as an autistic mother to an autistic daughter, who has tried a lot of approaches, I KNOW her work WORKS, I can feel the difference it makes in my own life and can see the difference it makes to my daughter. Having her exercises and insight in my toolkit has been the best investment I have made for me and my family.

Samantha Craft
Author of Everyday Aspergers and Autism in a Briefcase, International Consultant, Senior Manager of DEI at Ultranauts Inc.

“The A.R.T. Express course manages to combine a straightforward, easy-to-follow method of support with profound authenticity and wisdom. Although “The History of Autism Therapy” module covers a controversial and sensitive topic, Holly is able to present the material with a refreshing emotional vulnerability and calm nature. 

While gently acknowledging that differing views and theories exist surrounding the topic of autism spectrum conditions, the program boldly examines the ideology of Western society’s view of mental health and how culture and history influence the treatment of Autistic individuals. 

There is ample opportunity to soak up new information, as well as significant time to pause, think, and reflect. Overall, the material focuses less on the deficit model of autism, and moreover on the ins and outs of the neurosensory system and brain-body circuitry, with exact methods of support, and widens our perspective of the overall human condition.

Course Content

Modules

See the historical influences on the development of autism as a pathology

Learn about the major players in the history of autism and see them in a new light

See how autism has been defined on the world stage over time

Understand the influence of current cultural norms and bias on research and funding

Understand the relevance of inclusive thinking

Appreciate the wonder of the autistic mind

Appreciate why we need new models of therapy

Discover the future of autism therapy

The Polyvagal Theory in relation to autism / adhd / intellectual disability

The anatomy of the vagus nerve

Learn about the 12 cranial nerves (nerves for eyes, ears, face, tongue, taste) and how they respond to stress

Learn how the body influences working memory and executive functioning

Appreciate how meltdowns are not a choice

See the person, not the pathology

Engender self-confidence and empathy through the polyvagal lens

Discover new doors of health and healing though a body oriented approach

Reframe anxiety 

Improve wellbeing in autism through working with the body

Understand the intricacies of the mind body connection

See the brain as a ‘whole body’ system

Learn the neuro-sensory systems that underpin our ability to navigate in the world

Appreciate the challenges that occur when these systems are compromised

Witness the subtle interplay of the mind-body experience 

Move out of a mechanistic way of seeing the mind and body

See the innate intelligence and sophistication of every-body

Understand how the body can learn something new

Learn how we can improve mental wellbeing through  the body

Appreciate the delicacy, nuance and power of the A.R.T. process

The 80/20 Rule

Why outcome based therapies don’t work with autism and adhd (and intellectual disability)

How our traditional therapies can set people up to fail

The Nine Essentials through the lens of A.R.T.

How to work with nuance and respect for the nervous system

How to develop trust and safety in the therapeutic process

How to be flexible and adaptable in sessions

Determine subtle discrimination in therapy 

Develop sovereignty, autonomy and choice 

Redirect the nervous system to a state of learning

Re-educate the nervous system to alleviate anxiety

How to get the best outcomes in an A.R.T.  session

Case Study

Definition of interoception

How to improve interoception

How interoception impacts autism and adhd

Understand the importance of the gut in health and healing

See how we engender resilience and strength through working with the body

Discover the nuances of working with A.R.T.

How a lack of sleep affects the body

How to generate sleep

The role of oxytocin and vasopressin in autism and adhd

The default mode network and how it impacts autism

Holly’s signature ‘Hara Ball’ exercise


Case Study

Definition of neuroception 

Discover the intricacies of the body’s ability to read the internal and external environment 

Learn at how this subconscious aspect of our physiology impacts our physical and mental presence

Understand how these processes are heightened and compromised under emotional and pysical duress

Find out about the body’s ‘safety sentinnels’ 

Discover how neuroception affects people with autism (or autistic people)

Learn about mechanoreceptors and new neural pathways

Holly’s signature ‘Hand Points’ exercise

You will receive:

Note:
Group discounts available
Hardship Scholarships available
This course does not enable you to practice A.R.T. as a licensed therapist
This course is not a substitute for therapy
As with any online learning, please use your discretion and consult your doctor before engaging with any of the learning and exercises