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

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies
Stephen Porges and Deborah Dana with Chapters from Peter Levine, Bessel van Der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Bonnie Badenoch and many more
WW Norton & Co 2018
ISBN 9781324000501

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This comprehensive edited collection brings together accomplished therapists, including those who work with children, EMDR, medical trauma, energy psychology, grief and more. All offer clinical examples that show how the polyvagal theory provides a neurophysiological model to better understand clinical features and improve communication with clients.

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. Contributors include Peter Levine, Bessel van Der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Bonnie Badenoch, Deb Dana and many more.

Chapters on a range of topics from compassionate medical care to optimized therapeutic relationships to clinician's experiences as parents extract from the theory the powerful influence and importance of cases and feelings of safety in the clinical setting.

Additionally, there are chapters which:

* elaborate on the principle of safety in clinical practice with children with abuse histories
* explain the restorative consequences of movement, rhythm, and dance in promoting social connectedness and resilience in trauma survivors
* explains how Polyvagal Theory can be used to understand the neurophysiological processes in various therapies
* discuss dissociative processes and treatments designed to experience bodily feelings of safety and trust
* examine fear of flying and how using positive memories as an active "top down" neuroceptive process may effectively down-regulate defense
* shed light on the poorly understood experience of grief

Through the insights of innovative and benevolent clinicians, whose treatment models are Polyvagal informed, this book provides an accessible way for clinicians to embrace this groundbreaking theory in their own work.

“Stephen Porges has not only made one of the most profound and illuminating contributions to our understanding of the nervous system in the last 50 years, but he has made one of the most useful ones, cracking the facial code, deepening Darwin's work-an extraordinary feat-while teaching us to understand a patient's nervous system's state, sometimes when even they themselves cannot. And now, in this wonderful, illuminating book, co-edited with Deb Dana and filled with contributions from some of the leading lights from across the healing professions, we see how useful a variety of clinicians find Porges' breakthroughs. This book teaches so many practical applications and shows how creative clinicians can use this work to settle even the most distressed human beings and help them transition into the state in which they are most likely to heal.” - Norman Doidge, MD, author, The Brain That Changes Itself, and The Brain's Way of Healing

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