Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Understanding and healing from trauma

The Body Keeps the Score

Published in 32 Languages

Being able to feel safe with other people is probably ​the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.

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31st Annual International Trauma Conference | Virtual

Psychological Trauma in the Age of Coronavirus
The Interplay of Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Regulation of the Self
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Group Supervision & Consultation Program

A 6-week program with Bessel van der Kolk where we share, collaborate, and learn together.

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Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change ​the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience ​and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.

Being able to feel safe with other people is probably ​the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his professional life studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He translates emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of effective treatments for traumatic stress and developmental trauma in children and adults.

Scientific Publications

Integrating Therapy with Science

In the past 3 decades, we have learned an enormous amount about brain functions and interpersonal attachment systems. This new knowledge has not always been systematically applied to help traumatized children and adults heal from trauma. Dr. van der Kolk's work is focused on integrating therapy with science.

Dr. van der Kolk has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, diversely ranging from neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, developmental trauma, yoga, and theater to EMDR.

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This season we are hosting a small group discussion with practicing clinicians to talk about current clinical challenges with Bessel van der Kolk. The zoom meetings will take place every first Tuesday of the month starting October. Therapists are required to submit questions in 3 days prior to the scheduled session and Dr. van der Kolk will review and select the questions to discuss. This is a space to learn from each other so we encourage participants to talk and contribute during the live 1.5 hour discussion.

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Breathing exercise

Activating Your Neural Pathway

Restoring a sense of self is critically important in recovering from trauma. Body-centered activities like deep breathing exercises help us regulate our internal states and restore and repair the connection between our minds and our bodies. In this video, Bessel van der Kolk introduces us to the concept of deep breathing as a practice to activate the neural pathway that allows us to access our internal experience.

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20 minutes, led by Dafna Lender

TRF TUESDAY: Free Community Event

Practical Connection: Nurturing Healthy Development

Attachment Based, Trauma-Informed Interventions for Children

Join Dafna Lender, LCSW, for this 8-week program for parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists hosted by the Trauma Research Foundation.

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Virtual Conference | May 28-30 (See you next year)

Psychological Trauma in the Age of Coronavirus

The Interplay of Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Regulation of the Self

Fantastic lectures given by world leading experts. If you miss the conference, please join the TRF community. The lectures are available for purchase.

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Upcoming Events

06 - 06 October 2020

Let's Talk Therapists: Clinical Challenges October

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08 - 09 October 2020

PESI 2-Day Trauma Conference: The Body Keeps Score-Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, MD

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14 - 14 October 2020

SAVE THE DATE: Cracked Up Episode 5

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