Bessel van der Kolk

About The Teacher

Bessel A. van der Kolk MD has taught yearly at Esalen for the past 20 years. He is Medical Director of the Trauma Center, in Boston, MA; Professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine; and author of the NYT Best seller The Body keeps the Score: Brain , mind and body in the healing of Trauma

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