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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 is applicable across the board to relationships, mental health, and trauma.  She delves into the intricacies of how we can all use an understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory to change the ways we navigate our daily lives.  Deb is well known for translating PVT into a language and application that is both clear and accessible - and for her significant contribution, pioneering Rhythm of Regulation® methodology, tools, techniques and practices which continue to open up the power of PVT for professionals and curious people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.

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 a 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 and communities outside of the clinical arena - and bringing the Polyvagal perspective to the ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, experiences of daily living. 


W.W. Norton, 2023

W.W. Norton, 2022

Sounds True, 2021

W.W. Norton, 2020

W.W. Norton, 2020

Sounds True, 2020

W.W. Norton, 2018

W.W Norton, 2018

Author of Polyvagal Practices: Anchoring the Self in Safety:

(Introductory Guide & Nervous System Tools for Curious People)

Creator of The Polyvagal Card Deck: 58 Practices for Calm & Change (Easy-to-Implement Exercises & Strategies for All)

Author of Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (Non-Clinical, Intro for Curious People)

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

Creator of The Polyvagal Flip Chart: (Interactive Resource for Practitioners to Bring PVT into Client Sessions.)

Creator of the Audio Program Befriending Your Nervous System (For Curious People, a Non-Clinical Program for All levels of Interest.)

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

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