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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International Trauma Conference

The 31st Annual Boston International Trauma will be hosted online. Program will be available soon.

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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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Training

Group Supervision & Consultation Program

A 6-week program where we share, collaborate, and learn together. Limited 6 per group.

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ONLINE Q&A

Let's Talk

An online Q&A session guided by Dr. van der Kolk. Designed to bring specific communities together to explore and discuss important issues.

Groups: Educators, Parents, Therapists, Physicians, Veterans, Lawyers, Judges, and more.

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Therapy Workshop

Experiential Psychodramatic Workshop

This deeply personal and experiential workshop explores the capacity of psychodrama to re-structure your internal maps and the relationship with the world around you. Using meditation, movement, and theatrical training techniques, we explore embodiment, physical synchrony and interpersonal rhythms.

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Upcoming Events

06 - 07 April 2020

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

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17 - 19 April 2020

Constelaciones Mexico: El Cuerpo Lleva la Cuenta. Nuevas Fronteras en el Tratamiento del Trauma

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05 - 05 May 2020

92nd Street Y

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Blog

#1. COVID-19: Caring for Yourself

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk shares his thoughts on getting through the Coronavirus epidemic, offering suggestions to ease the stress associated with isolation and feelings of being out of control. To do this, he says there are 4 core areas we need to address.

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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, Dr. 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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