Title Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection
Subtitle 50 Client-Centered Practices
Author Deb Dana
ISBN 9780393713855
List price USD 19.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 360
Book size 140 x 210 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“This book is a beautiful example of the notion that ‘sensing, naming, and identifying what is going on inside is the first step to recovery.’ Deb Dana lucidly guides you to travel deep inside of yourself to become aware of how your internal surveillance system—the safety settings of your autonomic nervous system—is the foundation of the way we feel, act, and think. This is a valuable manual to help you address your inner physiology and thereby create the necessary conditions for safety and connection.”

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., President, Trauma Research Foundation, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine


“Whether or not you are familiar with Polyvagal Theory, I highly recommend this invaluable resource and guide. Deb Dana eloquently explains the physiology of fight/flight/freeze responses and offers creative strategies to increase self-awareness while simultaneously providing resourcing for re-grounding, self-soothing, resilience, and the capacity for safe connection with others. Step-by-step guidance for incorporating breathwork, guided imagery, somatic resourcing, journaling, art modalities, and movement provide a terrific roadmap for healing work that can be achieved both in and out of the therapist’s office.”

—Lisa Ferentz. LCSW-C, DAPA, trauma therapist, consultant, educator, and author


“Deb Dana has given a very clear, illuminating guide for therapists to help their clients embody deep healing. This essential book has excellent, user-friendly, and practical interventions that support polyvagal-informed treatment based on Stephen Porges’ research, which validates the success underlying all somatic therapies. This book is a must-read for any therapist working with trauma and interested in efficient and effective treatment.”

—Diane Poole Heller, PhD, SEP, LPC, Developer of the DARe: Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience therapy model, and author


“Written with great intelligence and clarity, Deb Dana’s Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection provides clinicians with everything they need to help clients become adept at managing the dysregulating survival responses of their nervous systems. Clients can immediately learn to implement a wealth of precise and practical tools, within and beyond the therapy room, to respond to and recover from the challenges of daily living with competence and courage.”

—Linda Graham, MFT, author of Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster


A practical guide to working with the principles of polyvagal theory beyond the therapy session.

Deb Dana is the foremost translator of polyvagal theory into clinical practice. Here, in her third book on this groundbreaking theory, she provides therapists with a grab bag of polyvagal-informed exercises for their clients, to use both within and between sessions.

These exercises offer readily understandable explanations of the ways the autonomic nervous system directs daily living. They use the principles of polyvagal theory to guide clients to safely connect to their autonomic responses and navigate daily experiences in new ways. The exercises are designed to be introduced over time in a variety of clinical sessions with accompanying exercises appropriate for use by clients between sessions to enhance the therapeutic change process.

Essential reading for any therapist who wants to take their polyvagal knowledge to the next level and is looking for easy ways to deliver polyvagal solutions with their clients.






Section I. The Autonomic Nervous System: Patterns And Pathways

Chapter 1: The Autonomic Hierarchy

Chapter 2: Neuroception

Chapter 3: Co-Regulation


Section II. Navigating Autonomic Pathways: The Basic Approach

Chapter 4: Befriending The Autonomic Nervous System • Accurate Autonomic Awareness • Exercise: Autonomic Landmarks • Exercise: Ventral Vagal Anchors • The Art of Befriending • Exercise: Befriending the Hierarchy • Exercise: Autonomic Trees • The Practice of Reconnecting • Exercise: Body Language • Exercise: The Continuum Between Survival and Social Engagement • Exercise: The Social Engagement Scale • Exercise: A Neuroception Notebook

Chapter 5: Attending to Autonomic States • Attending to the Nervous System • Exercise: Autonomic Alphabets • Exercise: Autonomic Names • Exercise: Autonomic Short Stories • Exercise: Attending Over Time • Attending to Autonomic Pathways • Exercise: Daily Pie Charts • Exercise: Daily Tracker—Three • Different Things • Exercise: The Autonomic Request for Connection • Playfulness • Exercise: Pathways to Playfulness • Exercise: Playful Moments • Rethinking Solitude • Exercise: Personal Preferences Around Solitude • Exercise: Attending to Stillness • Moments to Savor • Exercise: Savoring Snapshots • Expanding Outward • Exercise: Attending through Art • Exercise: Attending in Nature

Chapter 6: Shaping the Autonomic Nervous System • The Right Degree of Challenge • Exercise: Energy and Actions Map • Glimmers and Glows • Exercise: Finding Glimmers • Exercise: From Glimmer To Glow • Shaping Your Story through Sound • Exercise: The Sound of Your Voice • Exercise: The Music in Your Life • Shaping through Movement • Exercise: Moments of Movement • Exercise: Imagined Action • Exercise: Labyrinth Walking • Shaping through Breathing • Exercise: Find Your Breath • Exercise: Understand Your Breath • Exercise: Follow Your Breath • Shaping through the Environment • Exercise: Green, Blue, and Flowering • Exercise: A Ventral Vagal Space of Your Own • Shaping through Reflection • Exercise: Writing Your Reflections • Exercise: Reflecting With Compassion

Chapter 7: Integrating New Autonomic Rhythms • A New Rhythm of Regulation • Exercise: Recognize • Exercise: Reflect • Exercise: Regulate • Exercise: Create “If-Then” Statements • Exercise: Re-Story • Resilience • Exercise: Exercise the Vagal Brake • Exercise: Resilience Routines

Chapter 8: Connecting to Others • Belonging • Exercise: Rules of Reciprocity • Exercise: Personal Connection Plan • Exercise: Clusters of Connection • Connection to Something Greater than Self • Exercise: With Gratitude • Exercise: Compassionate Connections • Exercise: Awe Inspiring



Exercise Worksheets



About the Author:

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. She also lectures internationally on ways in which Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors.

Target Audience:

This book is an essential reading for any therapist who wants to take their polyvagal knowledge to the next level and is looking for easy ways to deliver polyvagal solutions with their clients.

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