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.
The Body Keeps The Score BRAIN, MIND, AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA
The Body Keeps the Score is the inspiring story of how a group of therapists and scientists— together with their courageous and memorable patients—has struggled to integrate recent advances in brain science, attachment research, and body awareness into treatments that can free trauma survivors from the tyranny of the past. These new paths to recovery activate the brain’s natural neuroplasticity to rewire disturbed functioning and rebuild step by step the ability to “know what you know and feel what you feel.” They also offer experiences that directly counteract the helplessness and invisibility associated with trauma, enabling both adults and children to reclaim ownership of their bodies and their lives.
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Helpful Articles on Trauma by Bessel:
Separating Kids From Parents – Time Magazine
Are There Better Ways To Treat Traumatic Stress – Boston Globe
Why You Should Write A Letter To Yourself – New York
Neurofeedback – The Huffington Post
Post-Traumatic Childhood – The New York Times
Approaching PTSD – The New York Times
How Trauma Affects The Body and Brain – VOGUE
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