Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

The autonomic nervous system is a common denominator in the human family. We all share the same biobehavioral platform. 

Polyvagal Theory offers a neurophysiological framework to consider the reasons why people act in the ways they do. Through a polyvagal lens, we understand that actions are automatic and adaptive, generated by the autonomic nervous system well below the level of conscious awareness. This is not the brain making a cognitive choice, These are autonomic energies moving in patterns of protection.   And with this new awareness, the door opens to compassion. 

Polyvagal Theory...the science of feeling safe enough to fall in love with life and take the risks of living...

Out of Stephen Porges's brilliant work developing Polyvagal Theory, a world-wide community of Polyvagal-informed people and systems is developing as we better understand the power of the autonomic nervous system to guide our movements and shape our stories.   My work as a clinician, consultant, andlecturer is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system as we move through states of protection and connection in an ongoing quest for safety.

                                                                                                                          Deb Dana, LCSW

In response to the new challenges around traveling and gathering, and with a desire to continue to build a Polyvagal informed community, I am now teaching online.  The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy Book Study Group, four Polyvagal Learning Lab modules, and Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation: Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice Part I are open for registration...

See Polyvagal Online Workshops page for details ...  



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