Deb Dana: Introduction to Polyvagal Theory


Deb Dana

Deb Dana is a clinician, consultant, author, and speaker who specializes in complex trauma. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and in creating ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system.

Her 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 polyvagal theory into a language and application that is both clear and accessible – and for her significant contribution, pioneering methods, tools, techniques, and practices which continue to open up the power of polyvagal theory for professionals and curious people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.

She's also a founding member of The Polyvagal Institute and the developer of the signature Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series. Deb's publications include The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, Anchored, and Polyvagal Practices.

We talk about…

  • What polyvagal theory is
  • How we move through the three autonomic states
  • What it means to be dysregulated
  • How your nervous system takes in cues of safety and danger
  • How your nervous system is shaped
  • What you can do to move out of a dorsal state of freeze
  • How the nervous system builds resilience through ruptures and repair
  • Why some people are better able to tolerate stress
  • What role the nervous system plays in social anxiety
  • How you can nourish your nervous system
  • Why people struggle to co-regulate
  • How our brain creates stories to match our nervous system state
  • Why the word “should” provokes survival energy in our nervous system
  • How you can support someone who is anxious

More from Deb Dana…

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Buy her books Anchored and Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection

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Love this episode? Be sure to checkout Episode 58: Thriving During Stress and Recovering From Trauma with Elizabeth Stanley.

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