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Maria's Pick: "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk

If you are perplexed by the way you or someone you know has responded to a traumatic experience or if you are just interested in the psychology, you may find the book, “The Body Keeps The Score” an intriguing read.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. weaves thirty years of research and case studies together to present a fascinating perspective on how we experience trauma as well as innovative treatments for healing that include a variety of strategies to integrate mind and body so that individuals can engage more fully in the present with hope and even joy.

The author’s writing style makes this book accessible to general readers as well as clinicians. Decades of research, observation and treatment have led Van Der Kolk to posit that trauma is one of our most urgent public health issues. This may be the reason that the book has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 158 weeks.

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