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Bessel van der Kolk  

Psychiatrist & Expert in PTSD

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

His #1 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including body work, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and neurofeedback, Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.

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Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: The VA's treatment has ...

“It is important to emphasize that exposure [therapy] may lead to serious complications,” wrote Bessel van der Kolk in his widely cited 2006 book Traumatic ...

'Taking charge of yourself': How yoga helped a US Marines vet ...

“[Yoga allows] getting in touch with the body and beginning to own your body's sensations,” study author Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a psychiatrist who has studied  ...

UCLA Extension and Lifespan Learning Conference Explores Play ...

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Sharon Salzberg, Barbara Fredrickson, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Alanis Morissette, Dr. Allan N. Schore, and many others present in March.

Feeling Through Trauma - To the Best of Our Knowledge - WNYC

Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is studying the healing power of helping people with post traumatic stress disorder focus less ...

The Future of Trauma

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. of Boston University Boston has also published research on the efficacy of Tai Chi, Yoga, and involvement in theatre as a ...

4 Myths About Eating Disorders Debunked

Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., the medical director of The Trauma Center in Boston, spoke at the conference about the relationship between eating disorders and ...

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