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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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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20 minutes, led by Linda Thai

TRF TUESDAY: Free Community Event

A Moment for Yourself: Finding safety through the orienting response

Join Linda Thai, MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL, for this 8-week program that explores and seeks to understand some of the survival strategies we depend on during a traumatic experience. These strategies that kept us alive in the moment can keep us from living in the present. By learning to recognize and safely release the tension patterns of these survival responses, not only is there more ease and openness in the body, but new choices become available for the neuro-muscular system.

All practices are Tuesdays 4:00PM - 4:20PM EST

Can't make it? Register and a link will be emailed to you when the video is available.

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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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ONLINE Q&A

Let's Talk

An engaging deep dive into issues and topics that are important to you and our community. Join Let's Talk, a new program with Bessel van der Kolk.

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Upcoming Events

01 - 01 September 2020

Let's Talk Q&A - Therapist: Clinical Challenges

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09 - 12 September 2020

Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: 4 Day Online Workshop - Special Program Hosted by Bessel van der Kolk

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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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