Deb Dana, LCSW, is an American psychologist, consultant, and lecturer focused on helping clients heal from complex trauma through using the polyvagal theory, which helps the autonomic nervous system reach stability through a series of phases. In addition, she is the coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, and she has created the Rhythm of Regulation clinical training series in order to support other professionals using polyvagal theory.
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.
Six autumns ago, I entered the hushed quiet of the Sistine Chapel and gazed up at The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco. I was mesmerized by the image of God reaching out to touch Adam, closing that final, tiny gap between their fingertips to ignite the spark of life.
Get a deeper understanding of Polyvagal Theory and why it’s so effective in trauma treatment. Watch as Deb Dana, pioneer of clinical applications of Polyvagal Theory, creates a dynamic 3D model that demonstrates the theory in action.
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