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The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

 Author: Deborah Dana
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The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana offers therapists an integrated approach to adding a polyvagal foundation to their work with clients.

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 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.

Adding a polyvagal perspective to clinical practice draws the autonomic nervous system directly into the work of therapy, helping clients re-pattern their nervous systems, build capacities for regulation, and create autonomic pathways of safety and connection.

With chapters that build confidence in understanding Polyvagal Theory, chapters that introduce worksheets for mapping, tracking, and practices for re-patterning, as well as a series of autonomic meditations, this book offers therapists a guide to practicing polyvagal-informed therapy.

The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy is essential reading for therapists who work with trauma and those who seek an easy and accessible way of understanding the significance that Polyvagal Theory has to clinical work.

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

She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute and lectures internationally.

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 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.

Clinical works written by Deborah Dana with publisher W.W. Norton include:

Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices the Polyvagal Flip Chart, the Polyvagal Card Deck, and

Polyvagal Practices: Anchoring the Self in Safety

Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.

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

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Deborah Dana

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

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