About Deb Dana

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, author and speaker specializing in complex trauma. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives.

Deb’s work shows how an understanding of Polyvagal Theory applies to relationships, mental health, and trauma - and how we can use an understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory to change the ways we navigate our daily lives.  She is well known for translating Polyvagal Theory into a language and application that is both understandable and accessible - for clinicians and curious people alike.

Deb has a busy career training therapists around the world in how to bring a Polyvagal approach into their clinical practice, and also works with agencies and larger systems to explore how to incorporate a Polyvagal perspective.  She is founding member of The Polyvagal Institute, a consultant to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.


Deb believes that we all benefit when we have a basic understanding of the ways the nervous system works and learn how to become active operators of this essential system.  Following this passion has led her to offering workshops in partnership with groups outside of the clinical arena - and bringing the Polyvagal perspective to the ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, experiences of daily living. 


Sounds True, 2021

Norton, 2020

Norton, 2020

Sounds True, 2020

Norton, 2018

Norton, 2018

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Author of Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (Newly Published, November, 2021)

Author of Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Practical Guides and Exercises)

Creator of The Polyvagal Flip Chart: (Resource for practitioners to offer an interactive way to bring PVT into their client sessions.)

Creator of the Audio Program Befriending Your Nervous System (For curious people, a non-clinical offering for all levels of interest.)

Co-editor with Stephen Porges - Clinical Application of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal Informed Therapies

Author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation