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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bessel Van Der Kolk

Narrated By: Sean Pratt

Publisher: Gildan Media

Date: October 2014

Duration: 16 hours 20 minutes


A pioneering researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.

Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring-specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk's own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy-and a way to reclaim lives.


  • Leslie J

    This book is fascinating! I had to read it for school but only read specific parts. After I graduated I got the audiobook and I am almost finished with it now. Great insight into Trauma, how the mind and body adjust to the unthinkable, information on Top down/Bottom up therapies and usefulness in both, breakdown of EMDR, Psychomotor Therapy, and IFS (Internal Family Systems.) As a therapist working in Addictions where I see and hear horrific tragedies on a daily basis, I am constantly learning and searching for new ways to help my clients and better understand their needs, wants, and desires. This book intrigued me so much that I often arrived to work while listening to the audiobook and remained in my car another 10-15 minutes to finish a segment!

  • Maria A

    Great insight on how trauma affects the body and also useful ways to help clients!

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  • Tabitha W

    Incredibly eye opening and riveting read. Very helpful and relevant. Highly recommend!

  • Narkia R

    Amazing. Great to listen too. Love this book. Amazing

  • Nicki O

    I was diagnosed with PTSD through work and this book really helped me to understand the mechanics behind the symptoms, and the different pathways to rehabilitation. Highly recommended. Very engaging narrator.

  • Harriet F

    Excellent book - learnt a lot and picked up some useful strategies for coping with anxiety. It's inspired me to read more books on the subject. Very clear narration.

  • Glen Huntingdon

    I found this book interesting. It's very very long and the sirt of book you would study if you were studying to become a psychologist. Very thorough and intense and at times a little too much information for a lay person

  • Emily Larson

    Fantastic! A journey of one man's career, packed with knowledge and insight that is invaluable for anyone who has been traumatized, loves someone who has suffered a trauma or working with those affected by trauma. So, all of us!

  • jacinta mcardle

    Very insightful, for those who need to understand the science behind how we feel