Deb Dana

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.


Deb Dana Describes the Polyvagal Theory.

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, and developer of the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series.

The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation

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.

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies

Clinicians who have dedicated their work to bringing the benefits of the Polyvagal Theory to a range of clients have come together to present Polyvagal Theory in a creative and personal way.


Deb Dana: Responding to Stress and Dysregulation in Our Nervous System

Diane Poole Heller presents Deb Dana: Responding to Stress and Dysregulation in our Nervous System


Recovering Resilience by Resetting the Nervous System

As we learned in this interview with Deb Dana, a deliberate sigh can help re-set the nervous system.  Here’s an exercise from Resilience in using a sigh to return the nervous system to a state that is calm, present, positive, and resilient.

The Touch Taboo

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.


Polyvagal Theory in Action: 3D Example of the Nervous System with Ventral and Dorsal Vagal Systems

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.

Polyvagal Flip Chart: Understanding the Science of Safety

This flip chart offers therapists an easy, standardized way to support clients in understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system in their lives. Using a flip chart makes psycho- education an interactive experience.

Deb Dana

In conversation with Deb Dana, a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma and Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University.

Trauma Skills Summit: Practical Tools and Teachings to Calm Your Nervous System, Access Inner Resources, and Deepen Connection with Others

With the Trauma Skills Summit, renowned psychotherapist Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein invites you to participate in a transformational 10-day online event to explore trauma—what it is, how it affects us, and how we can cultivate skills to grow from adversity.


Linda Graham