The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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This book 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 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 and introduce practices for re-patterning, as well as a series of autonomic meditations, this book offers therapists a guide to practicing polyvagal-informed therapy.

©2018 Deb Dana (P)2019 Tantor

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great resource

I'm a mindfulness meditation teacher. I teach in the prison and in urban communities and young men dealing with trauma. This book was a tremendous resource and I am not a therapist

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Wonderful book - terrible as Audible

LoveloveLOVE the book, nothing wrong with the narration either, but unless you're looking specifically to read this during another activity like driving/cleaning, you're better off just purchasing the kindle. Absolutely none of the chapters are labeled, good luck knowing where the exercises are; just kinda click and guess at the end of each chapter and pray you didn't miss anything. There are no additional pdf's like other therapeutic books so that you can access diagrams or worksheets which is why I recommend the Kindle version only unless you need someone to read the book to you.

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Most helpful book for my work with clients

In 27 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, this is one of the most helpful and practical books on helping my work with clients, particularly treatment resistant clients with rage, complex PTSD, and various disorders or disregulation. Integrating it with DIR Floortime theory has been one of the most productive ways to help staff therapists and parents in their work with children with neurodevelopmental challenges.

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the narrator is boring to listen to

this book has great content, but the narrator is really hard to listen to.

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Audio Quality is Poor

I had been listening to this book and then took a break for a while. When I'm revisiting it, the beginning words of the sentences are cut-off, so it is hard to tell what she's saying - parasympathetic or sympathetic. I'm finding myself pretty distracted from the content because the narration is odd. I re-downloaded it to make sure, but that didn't help. This theory is very intriguing, however, I'll likely just buy the hardcopy of the book.

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For non-therapists too

I'm not a therapist, just someone trying to heal and understand my struggles with c-ptsd. I found the information really helpful and I have gained a lot of insight into my setbacks and patterns. I'm excited for the possibilities with this new understanding of myself.

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Great overview of polyvagal theory for therapists.

This book invites you to explore more about polyvagal theory. This is a great overview!

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Very useful and practical

I would recommend having a paper copy of this but excellent on Audible too since there are some images, useful written exercises to help understand concepts both for therapist and client. If you are a therapist, teacher, medical professional, this theory I believe is the future of how we understand those in our care and also ourselves. It moves away from pathologising the client's condition and more into helping us understand the physiology behind the human condition.

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wonderful!

This book is a wonderful overview of the Siri, and also provides great practical interventions. I will definitely be using this in my therapy practice!

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Written for practitioners, useful for all

This book enhanced an important perspective that healing through understanding not just psychology but also physiology is possible. I appreciated the repetition, as listening for me can be more challenging than, for example, seeing a chart that breaks things down. There were lots of examples and stories that were direct and to the point but illustrated well the steps to healing.

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  • Ms H.
  • 08-24-19

Great listen, learnt a lot.

The foreword reading was difficult to listen to but once in the book I learnt a lot in a short amount of time, and I now have better understanding of polyvagal theory.

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  • 08-09-19

three thumbs up and six stars

accessible and informative. really ties the science and its application the the therapeutic work clearly. well done Deb Dana and Stephen W. Porges

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  • Nicholas Tuftnell
  • 01-16-20

amazing

really informative, find it so full of ideas and concepts great for therapists to use

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  • Mr. A. Laidler
  • 09-16-19

A must read for all therapists - 5*

This is an incredible book and offers a radically new perspective on the way we do psychotherapy. I wish I'd learned this in my professional training. I have used many of the exercises Deb offers in this book to great effect. Clients love polyvagal theory and I think the research and practical application is essential reading for anyone working with clients presenting with anxiety, depression, trauma histories... the list goes on. Read/listen to this book, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Steve H.
  • 02-18-20

Essential for any therapists

Read many books on brain , Behavior and therapy but one important ingredient left out is our nervous system. This is essential for therapeutic treatment help you understand the connection of experience and autonomic nervous systems. Easy listen not too much complicated science , good resource.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-20

Best therapy book I have read in a long time.

Best therapy book I have read in a long time. An excellent resources for all therapists.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-20

Must read for those working on establishing safety

I would recommend this book to anyone working in the field of counselling. Such important points around establishing safety and helping others (and yourself) regulate emotions and anxiety.

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  • AC
  • 01-31-20

Useful book

I am not a therapist but was interested to read on this subject for my own benefit. I liked that it discussed the autonomic nervous system and how to regulate in-depth. I found this book useful. Some information went over my head but I will listen to it a second time to absorb more. I like the audio format because I probably would not have read it if it was in written form.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-19

Awesome

Such an well written and educational book. Delivered with hope, purpose and clear messages about why, how, when and next. So helpful to me starting right now !! Thank you.