THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk

body keep the scoreIn this book, one of the world’s experts on traumatic stress offers a new paradigm for treatment for trauma, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body. Van Der Kolk argues that trauma is an urgent public health issue. He talks about how developmental (childhood) trauma is a hidden epidemic. The effects of trauma, he says, can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. In The Body Keeps the Score, Van Der Kolk looks at the effects of trauma on the brain and body and the pathways to recovery. He talks about approaches that are useful to both trauma survivors and to therapists. Approaches include yoga, EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), self leadership, neurofeedback, meditation, communal rhythms and theatre.  With stories from his clinical experience and those of specialists around the globe, this book is full of wisdom and humanity. An interesting and enjoyable read that is now available in paperback.

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