From the January/February 2023 Issue of Psychotherapy Networker Magazine
The best therapeutic tools from across the field of psychotherapy…on us! Practice Tools is a carefully curated collection of therapeutic interventions that are suitable to use with a variety of clients, easy to integrate with other treatment approaches, simple to follow (no hours of training required!), and completely free.
This month’s selection is from Deb Dana’s new book Polyvagal Practices: Anchoring the Self in Safety. It’ll help your clients better understand their internal survival mechanisms and guide them toward a state of regulation. You’ll discover:
- A practical way to explain the autonomic nervous system to clients
- How to help clients map their somatic experience during times of stress
- How to use mapping to help move them toward an embodied sense of safety
Polyvagal Practices is published by W. W. Norton and will be available March 21, 2023.
Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma. She’s a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute and clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, co-editor with Stephen Porges of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart. rhythmofregulation.com