Bessel van der Kolk

Feb 8, 2024

EP 231 - Bessel van der Kolk
Welcome back to The Pretty Intense Podcast. Today we are uncovering healing with Bessel van der Kolk! Have you ever felt the echo of past traumas influencing your present moment? Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey to reclaim your life? Hold on to your seats, because we have a GAME-CHANGER joining us! The one and only Bessel van der Kolk, the mastermind behind the ground-breaking book "The Body Keeps the Score," is here to illuminate the path to recovery. Get ready to dive deep into the BEST treatments for trauma that go beyond traditional talk therapy. That's right, we're talking cutting-edge strategies that integrate mind, body, and soul! Want to know how yoga can help rewire your brain? Curious about how EMDR can transform traumatic memories? Ready to explore how theater and movement can release trapped emotions? Bessel van der Kolk doesn't just talk therapy; he brings creative and scientifically-backed approaches to help heal the deepest of wounds. Join us for an ENTHRALLING discussion that will leave you empowered and inspired! Let's pave the way for healing together. Your journey towards a more whole and vibrant self is just a conversation away. DON'T MISS OUT on this opportunity to chat with the pioneer of trauma treatment.


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 (tr anslated in 38 languages), 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 thro ugh innovative treatments including neurofeedback, psychedelic therapy, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and body work. 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, memo ry, 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, Professor of Psychiatry at Bos ton University Medical School and Principal Investigator Boston site of MAPS sponsored MDMA assisted psychotherapy study . He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world. Visit trauma and for more information.


Connect with Bessel:
IG: @thebodykeepsthescore
FB: @thebodykeepsthescore
YouTube: @TraumaResearchFoundation

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