Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Treatment Discovery

For 40 years, as both a researcher and a clinician, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., has studied those living with trauma. Among them were soldiers, torture victims, child abuse survivors, and many others. What has he determined after years of research?

Trauma is a fact of life.

  • One in five Americans has been molested.
  • One in four grew up with alcoholics.
  • One in three couples have engaged in physical violence.
  • Millions of Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat.

Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Trauma disturbs people’s relationships with themselves, with others, and with their environment.

But trauma isn’t something we’ve always talked about. When leading trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., entered the field, PTSD didn’t exist, and trauma wasn’t even whispered about in the halls.

For 40 years, as both a researcher and a clinician, Dr. van der Kolk has studied those living with trauma. Among them were soldiers, torture victims, and child abuse survivors, and many others. What has he determined after years of research?

There is not a one size fits all approach to trauma.

As clinicians, we can no longer be just a psychoanalyst, an EMDR expert, or a CBT practitioner. Instead, we must be exposed to a large number of different treatments and know when to use the tools of each method to best help our patients overcome the challenge of trauma—reestablishing ownership of their body, mind and self.

In his book, The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk outlines 8 paths to recovery. They include: owning your self, language,  EMDR, yoga, self-leadership, creating structures, neurofeedback, and communal rhythms and theater.

Do any of these paths to recovery surprise you? We think it’s important for clinicians like yourself to understand how these paths to recovery came to be. That’s why we’re providing a free video from Bessel van der Kolk discussing The Body Keeps the Score.

As a bonus, we’re providing a free hour of CE just for watching. Get started instantly (seriously, it’s free—don’t wait).


There are thousands of victims. Will you help them heal?

A message from Bessel van der Kolk.

Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.

For those struggling to heal from traumatic experiences, there is new hope: Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback is a technique in which we train the brain to help improve its ability to take care of itself. By challenging the brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, nuerofeedback can help your brain learn to function better.

But for so many traumatized children and adults, neurofeedback remains out of reach…

For this reason I have created a free CE video giving an in-depth discussion of the promising way to rewire the brain – through neurofeedback.

You’ll learn what neurofeedback is, how we study it, and see the remarkable results that we’ve obtained thus far.

I’ll also tell you why right now, neurofeedback is not eligible for insurance reimbursement and what you and I, together, can do about that.

I appreciate your dedication to improving trauma treatment and committing yourself so much to the mental health profession.

Please, enjoy my free CE seminar – and share with your colleagues to help me get the word out.

Bessel van der Kolk

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SongwritingWith:Soldiers—Rebuilding lives shattered by PTSD

Flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts…lingering symptoms that plague combat veterans struggling with PTSD. Now there is an innovative treatment for those looking to heal. Check it out…

Whether they have been wounded, shot at, or tragically witnessed death, thousands of military service members are struggling to cope after returning home from war. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after any person, civilian or service member, experiences trauma.

While there are many treatment options for service members struggling with PTSD, there is now a unique program helping soldiers rebuild trust, release pain, and forge new bonds through song. It’s called SongwritingWith:Soldiers.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers (SW:S) uses songwriting as a catalyst for positive change. In SW:S workshops, service members are paired with award-winning, professional songwriters to craft songs about their experiences, often about combat and their return home.

Want to learn more about this unique program?

Join Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., world-renowned trauma expert, as he presents the 26th Annual International Trauma Conference. This year’s conference will feature SongwritingWith:Soldiers in the Experiential Interventions track.

What do you think about this innovative program? 

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Reserve your spot today! The 26th Annual International Trauma Conference presents current research findings on how people’s brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences; how they regulate emotional and behavioral responses; and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

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