517 – Bringing a Polyvagal Perspective into Therapy

How to Safely Navigate Emotional Storms
Deb Dana

When life—and therapy—brings scary moments, it’s the body’s autonomic nervous system that takes action. Polyvagal Theory has revolutionized our understanding of both how this system works, and how to create safety and connection. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to harness the healing potential of the autonomic nervous system to help your clients navigate the storms of fight, flight, and collapse. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use your own autonomic nervous system to create an environment of safety for your clients
  • Develop the expressive range of your eyes, voice, breath, and body to enrich your nonverbal attunement skills
  • Help your clients listen to their internal state and let go of their problem story
  • Reliably guide your clients from state to state and enhance their capacity for self-regulation


Deb Dana, LCSW, is coeditor, with Stephen Porges, of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies and the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deb Dana receives royalties as an author for W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Non-financial: Deb Dana has no relevant non-financial relationship.

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