Category Archives: Bessel van der Kolk

Profound Quotes from The Body Keeps the Score

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s new book, The Body Keeps the Score, is filled with wisdom, compassion, brilliance, and profound understanding. PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) has never been made SO clear. PTSD has never been presented as passionately and humanely. Read one, two, or all of the quotes below that I’ve chosen to showcase this…

Want to Really Understand Trauma? Read Bessel van der Kolk’s New Book

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is my new hero. In The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, he delivers  the latest research and understanding about trauma and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in an emotionally sensitive way, making the information understandable and accessible to all readers. Kudos! I can’t…

Our Bodies are Key in Healing Trauma

When I had pyloric stenosis, a stomach obstruction, as an infant, by 26 days old I had lost two and a half pounds–a skin and bones baby. My mother was terrified and frantic, for I was misdiagnosed and the medical professionals were not helping. I was dying. I say this but don’t remember. Guaranteed that my…

Bessel van der Kolk on the radio: A Must-Hear Interview

Click on this link to hear a fantastic interview with Bessel van der Kolk (choose the edited version) about trauma and the need for treatment that reconnects a trauma survivor with his or her body. He is interviewed by Krista Tippett on the program “On Being.” I resonated with everything van der Kolk had to say…

The Real Story about PTSD: Groundbreaking Information Part III

This post is the final discussion of the article “Beyond the Talking Cure” by Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk, a leading expert in the field of trauma. In the third section of his essay,”Learning about EMDR,” he gives a thumbs up to this technique, which he himself trained in. I have never had EMDR (Eye…

The Real Story about PTSD–Groundbreaking Information Part II

In my last post, I discussed the first part of the article “Beyond the Talking Cure” by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and provided quotes that communicated some of his main ideas. The second part of the essay reveals the “clinical dilemmas facing the therapist of traumatized patients.”  Van der Kolk basically concludes that talk…

The Real Story about PTSD- Groundbreaking information, Part I

Every few pages reading Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk’s article “Beyond the Talking Cure,” tears come. He deeply understands this about trauma–our emotions, our bodies, and our senses are what record trauma, not our verbal, left brain, Broca’s area selves. I’ve chosen some quotes from the first half of the article to whet your appetite….

“Becoming Comfortable in [Our] Bodies”–Transforming PTSD

I am thrilled about the article I just read–“The Limits of Talk” by Mary Sykes Wylie, Ph.D., a senior editor of Psychotherapy Networker. She eloquently explains the evolution of the thinking of Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist and neurobiological researcher, regarding the nature of trauma. In his decades of experience and research, he came to the conclusion…