Evolution of Psychotherapy | Evolution of Psychotherapy 2009
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
2 Hours 18 Minutes
Original Program Date :
Dec 12, 2009
The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. We have learned that most experience is automatically processed ona subcortical level, i.e. by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of theses subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition. This workshop surveys current research on how people’s brains, minds and bodies respond to traumatic experiences, and will specifically address the use of affect modulation techniques, EMDR, yoga, theater, and neuro feedback in overcoming various aspects of the destabilization and disintegration caused by trauma.
To describe three new approaches in the treatment of trauma.
To describe the differences between how ordinary memories are stored contrasted with the memory processing of traumatic experiences.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*