Bessel Van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a psychiatrist, researcher, professor of psychiatry at Boston University, and one of the world’s leading experts on post-traumatic stress — especially when it comes to how trauma affects the brain, body, and nervous system.

He has pioneered approaches for trauma treatment that focus on calming the nervous system, increasing executive function, and grounding patients in the present. In his research, Bessel has worked with a variety of clinical approaches, including neurofeedback, EMDR, psychodrama, and yoga.

Bessel is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and multiple books, including The Body Keeps the Score.


Emotional energy is sometimes stored in the body, which can cause problems unless processed and released.

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