Marko Punkanen, PhD

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Marko Punkanen, PhD


Marko Punkanen, PhD, (01002312831) is a music therapist, dance/movement therapist, trauma psychotherapist, trauma psychotherapy trainer, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and SPI trainer. He has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of severe traumatization. His specialist area is in the treatment of complex and attachment trauma, the bodily symptoms of trauma (somatoform dissociation), and the use of the body in trauma treatment.

He is the founder and director of the Nyanssi Therapy Centre, which offers music therapy, dance-movement therapy, psychotherapy, vibroacoustic therapy (VAT), and supervision services in Lahti Finland. He is the co-founder of the first extensive Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) training in Finland, and he has studied for example the possibilities of VAT in drug rehabilitation. He is also one of the founders of the VIBRAC - Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research.

From 2007-2011 Marko worked as a researcher at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä. He was part of the research team which investigated the perception and preferences of emotions in music by depressed patients and the efficacy of improvisational, individual music therapy for depression.

He currently works as a music/dance-movement/psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and as a trauma psychotherapy trainer at the University of Oulu, and as a trainer for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

He is actively involved with trauma psychotherapy, music therapy, and dance/movement therapy training in Finland.

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