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Bessel Van Der Kolk

Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies

Last Updated

July 25, 2016

Original Air Date

July 25, 2016

“Trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can move.” Psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk on finding resilience in our bodies after trauma.


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Bessel van der Kolk

is Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. He’s also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. His books include Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on the Mind, Body and Society and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.


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