Trauma, Nature, & The Body. Leslie Korn

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Dr. Leslie Korn is a Harvard Medical School-trained traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative approaches to treating the mind and body.

Leslie began her clinical work as a bodyworker, yoga teacher and student of indigenous healing traditions in 1973. She lived in the jungle of Mexico for over 25 years where she founded and directed a public health natural medicine center, The Center for Traditional Medicine.

In 1994 the center joined the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), a non-profit Native directed research and education organization.  At the CWIS Leslie’s work focuses on indigenous food and healing revitalization with tribal communities and supporting research at the intersection of community trauma, social justice, and health.

I have an international telehealth practice specializing in mental health nutrition and cognitive well-being addressing PTSD and complex trauma, fatigue, digestive upset, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD and chronic pain. I help people get off pharmaceuticals.

My PhD is in Behavioral Medicine. I completed my clinical fellowship in psychology and religion at Harvard Medical School and 2 hospital internships in Pain and Trauma. I had a private practice in Boston for 15 years. I also completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters degree in Cross Cultural Health psychology.

I am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, National Board Certified in Polarity Therapy, and National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Approved Clinical Supervisor. I was the clinical director at New England School of Acupuncture, Associate Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and I am a Core Faculty at Capella University.  I have been a research scientist in Mind Body medicine, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

I have published 7 books including: The Good Mood Kitchen, Eat Right, Feel Right, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body,  Multicultural Counseling Workbook and Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Naturally: The Native Way. I work with my therapy dog Xoco.

The Quote

If you control the breath, you control the mind.

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Leslie’s journey, like many of ours, has been winding and serendipitous. From working with mentors and professors in the jungle, to then focusing on body-work, and realizing the prevalence of trauma in our midst, she’s been able to draw upon a wealth of experiences in her work.

A Crucial Early Mistake

Leslie shares the story of a woman who was ready to do regression therapy to process her trauma. Leslie didn’t think this was a good idea because it might destabilize the her, and so Leslie wasn’t as adamant about this as she should’ve been. There are times when our clients aren’t ready to do certain things.

Leslie’s Why

I think my Why began very early. I had a vision very early on of going out into a rural area and doing health work. The idea of giving back to the world, has stuck with me and driven me.

Leslie’s Advice

  • Get into your own therapy. Place an emphasis on understanding the body, your body. Listen to the story that your body is telling you.
  • The study of trauma has to be integrative: Mind, body and spirit.

Leslie’s Go-To Books

Episode Links

Emotions, The Body & Trauma. Hilary Jacobs Hendel.
Mentoring New Trauma Therapists. Nancy Morgan.

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