Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Understanding and healing from trauma

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.

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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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.

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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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.

- The Body Keeps the Score

Trauma Research Foundation



HEALING SELF IN COMMUNITY ACROSS CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD:
Communal, Embodied, & Narrative Paths for Understanding Self
in the Healing of Trauma
Jan. 8-9 starting at 8:15 AM ET


People around the world have been dealing with overwhelming challenges that are hardly imaginable. Yet, we human beings are incredibly resilient, and survive by forming connections and collaborations for mutual support to create novel solutions.

This summit presents programs from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Jordan/Syria, Rwanda, China, the United States, dealing with US veterans, using narrative and embodied modalities to help individuals & communities who had overwhelming traumatizing experiences.

These approaches, created under extreme conditions with very limited resources can be highly relevant to individuals in all communities whose treatment is largely determined by prevailing medical or academic paradigms that may have limited applicability for many of the populations we service.

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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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Embodied Practice

TRF TUESDAY: Free Community Event

Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship. Join us as we host Matthew Sanford in Yoga For All!

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Upcoming Events

22 - 23 January 2021

Northeast Region Biofeedback Society

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22 - 22 January 2021

3rd International Conference on Trauma & Addiction

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05 - 05 February 2021

Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week

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