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74. Befriending Your Body: Dealing With And Healing Trauma, Painful Emotions And Mental Health Issues With “The Body Keeps The Score” By Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Welcome back to Awakening Aphrodite! I’ve been wanting to dedicate an entire episode on healing and overcoming trauma for a long time. This was a huge challenge for me due to my own person experiences. If this episode helps you change a single aspect of how you navigate your own healing journey I would love to hear about it. Together, we will cover key chapters from the book “The Body keeps The Score” by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk.


00:00 Importance Of Holistic Medicine In Our Time

1:28 Join Amy’s Email List!

03:29 “The Body Keeps The Score” By Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

07:30 Understanding ourselves through trauma

10:00 Using pain as a means of change

12:45 Thoughts as ingredients for being

14:12 Episode 72 with Dr. Weyland Meyers

14:34 Discovering the trauma in my body

16:24 How shame affects our health and addictions

18:40 “Freezing” in traumatic situations

18:56 The five parts of “The Body Keeps The Score”

21:45 The pervasiveness of trauma in our society

22:36 Trauma is more than an event

28:31 The Biological and Physiological Memory of Trauma

30:35 Power of Imagination When Healing

31:42 The Origins of PTSD

34:33 PTSD and Low Cortisol

37:03 Trauma Survivors and Prescription Medication

38:51 The Requirement for Mental Health

40:31 The Brain as a Cultural Organ

42:09 Attachment and Trauma

45:00 Coping with Food & Overeating

48:01 Feelings Resulting From Trauma

49:56 Healing and Treatment

1:01:00 Closing Summary

Other episodes mentioned:

72. Connecting at the Heart-Level, Fostering Better Relationships, Loving With Detachment and Healing Addictions with Nonviolent Communication and Wayland Myers, PhD

45. Creating Happy Brain Chemicals and Healthy Habits By Boosting Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels with Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD

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Amy Fournier is a former People-Pleaser turned Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur who specializes in developing self-awareness and total mind-body transformation. She is a fitness and health expert, host of the Awakening Aphrodite podcast, author, inspirational speaker, artist, international cover model and a powerhouse of inspiration for looking and feeling your best no matter what your age, background or ability. With over 30 years of experience in fitness, health and personal development, Amy’s mission is to help YOU realize the power you have to control the way you look and feel and do it in a way that you enjoy and to optimize your ENERGY and life! Amy considers herself to be a student of life and a work in progress and most importantly, she also loves to nap and is a lucky Mom to cute little fur-baby, Charlotte.:)

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