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Beginner's Guide

The Beginner's Guide to Polyvagal Theory is a "user-friendly" guide for therapists and an easy way to introduce clients to Polyvagal Theory
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Flip Chart

The Polyvagal Flip Chart  (Norton, October 2020)

Deb Dana's Polyvagal Flip Chart: A top-spiral bound printed tool with pink and purple cover

Offers therapists a low tech–high impact, interactive way to explain polyvagal theory to clients.

When clients are stuck in the cognitive experience of their story, an explanation of polyvagal theory helps to bring their attention to the autonomic experience― to bring the importance of the biology of their experience back into awareness. Yet polyvagal theory can be challenging and intimidating to explain. This tool offers therapists an easy, standardized way to support clients in understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system in their lives. Using a flip chart makes psycho- education an interactive experience. Therapists can feel confident in teaching their clients polyvagal theory by following the chart.

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Befriending the Nervous System  (Sounds True, October 2020)

It can be incredibly frustrating when your body reacts to situations in ways that you can’t control. But what if you could harness the same mechanisms that cause fear and panic to instead summon peace and spaciousness? In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana offers practical advice and exercises for engaging with your subconscious nervous system responses for greater wellness and resilience.

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The Polyvagal Theory In Therapy: Engaging The Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, June 2018)

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Deb Dana offers therapists an integrated approach to adding a polyvagal foundation to their work with clients.  Presented with clear explanations of the organizing principles of polyvagal theory, this complex theory is translated into clinician and client-friendly language. Using a unique autonomic mapping process along with plenty of worksheets designed to effectively track autonomic response patterns, this book presents practical ways to work with clients' experiences of connection. Through exercises that have been specifically created to engage the regulating capacities of the ventral vagal system, therapists are given tools to help clients reshape their autonomic nervous systems. Also available in Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Dutch, Japanese, Taiwanese, French, and Chinese.

Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices  (Norton, April 2020)

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Full of practical guides and exercises, based on the principles of polyvagal theory, to help clients safely connect to their autonomic responses and navigate daily experiences in new ways.  This book provides therapists with an array of polyvagal-informed exercises for their clients to use both within and between sessions.  The exercises are designed to be introduced over time in a variety of clinical sessions to enhance the therapeutic change process.  Essential reading for therapists who want to take their polyvagal knowledge to the next level and find easy ways to deliver polyvagal solutions with their clients. Also available in Spanish, German, Polish, Chinese, and Italian.

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies
Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Editions

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Learn how Polyvagal Theory is improving treatment and clinical practice across a range of settings.  This comprehensive edited collection brings together innovative therapists who share their experiences of integrating Polyvagal Theory into their practices. Also available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, and Dutch.

Anchored  (Sounds True, Forthcoming)

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We've all had experiences where our reactions felt completely out of proportion to the situation. In Anchored, Deb Dana presents a simple, hopeful message: when you ground yourself with openness, mindful attention, and curiosity, you can gain the understanding necessary to reshape these seemingly uncontrollable responses. Dana draws on her considerable experience as a clinician and teacher, her extensive work with Polyvagal Theory, and her long-lasting close collaboration with its founder, Dr. Stephen Porges.


This book illustrates how to work with the body's innate ability to pick up social signals and cultivate "micro-moments" of safety in order to regulate automatic responses to stress, conflict, and hardship. Including in-depth practices such as guided imagery, meditation, and ongoing self-inquiry, Anchored offers a practical user's manual for moving from a place of fear and panic into a grounded space of calm and balance.

 
 
 
 
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A Quick Guide to Ventral Vagal Anchors

An excerpt from Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, by Deb Dana

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A Sonic Practice: Soundscapes

 

An excerpt from Anchored,

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Guided Meditations

Please enjoy these meditations and find ways to bring your regulated presence to the world.

Benevolence

Benevolence MeditationDeb Dana
00:00 / 02:40

Bring awareness to the active, ongoing, intentional use of ventral vagal energy in service of healing.

Autonomic Navigation

Autonomic NavigationDeb Dana
00:00 / 03:47

Create the experience of “planting your flag in Ventral Vagal land” and use that anchor to safely connect with your sympathetic and dorsal vagal experience.  

An Integrated System

An Integrated SystemDeb Dana
00:00 / 03:31

Sense the role of each of the three branches of the autonomic nervous system and the ways they enhance wellbeing. 

Safely Still

Safely Still MeditationDeb Dana
00:00 / 01:55

Travel the pathways of the vagus as its two branches join to bring safety to stillness.  Move into the experience of quiet, of safely coming to rest.   

Feeling the Face Heart Connection

Feeling the Face Heart Connection MeditaDeb Dana
00:00 / 02:03

Bring the face-heart connection to life with touch and image.  

These meditations can be found in written form in The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy (Norton, 2018). 

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Interviews with Deb

Listen and watch interviews that bring Polyvagal Theory to life in both clinical application and everyday living.

 
 
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