Author(s): Deb Dana
President, Trauma Research Foundation, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, author of NYT#1 Bestseller The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Heating of Trauma, A polyvagal approach to therapy is based on the knowledge that the autonomic nervous system is shaped by early experience and reshaped with ongoing experience, that habitual response patterns can be interrupted, and that new patterns can be created. The therapy session is the time in your clients' week when they predictably experience co-regulation and connection to your ventral vagal state. But in order to be effective, the process of autonomic reorganization that starts in therapy must be strengthened with practice between sessions. This book offers ways to help your clients tune into their nervous systems and begin to reshape their responses through a variety of experiential practices, which can be introduced in sessions and implemented between sessions. It gives you the tools to capture your client's interest with an open invitation to enter into-and enjoy-gentle practices of autonomic listening and skill-building at home. The book reviews polyvagal concepts, and presents 50 detailed exercises with step-by-step directions designed to complement clinical work and keep clients actively engaged in the autonomic reorganisation process beyond the therapy hour. With this book, you and your clients have a guide to building the autonomic foundation for ventral vagal-inspired joy. Book jacket.