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VIDEO: Stephen Porges on the Building Blocks of Healthy Relationships

What Co-regulation Actually Looks Like

Stephen Porges • 4/19/2017 • 8 Comments

In developing the Polyvagal Theory, psychophysiologist Stephen Porges transformed the way therapists understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic response and how safety, caring, and trustworthiness are conveyed unconsciously in our body language, voice tonality, facial expression, and eye contact. In this video clip, he explains what healthy co-regulation looks like in the body.


VIDEO: Stephen Porges on How Trauma Affects Our Ability to Connect

The Science Behind Healthy Relationships

Stephen Porges • 12/28/2016 • 1 Comment

Stress responses aren't only vested within the sympathetic nervous system’s capacity to support fight-or-flight behaviors. There’s another defense system that’s mediated through a vagal circuit, says Stephen Porges, creator of the Polyvagal Theory. In the following video from his 2016 Networker Symposium keynote address, he explains how the vagus nerve is affected by trauma, and what this means for our ability to build meaningful relationships.


Bessel van der Kolk Takes on the New York Times

Psychotherapy in the Spotlight

Kathleen Smith • 10/24/2014 • 4 Comments

It’s no secret that psychotherapy has had an image problem in the media. So when The New York Times Magazine asked trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk if it could have a journalist follow him around for a month to observe his work, it seemed like a golden opportunity to present the latest advances in trauma treatment in one of mainstream journalism’s most highly respected forums.


What Makes Psychotherapy Possible

Today’s Video: Clarifying the Fundamental Task of Therapy

Rich Simon • 6/25/2014 • 6 Comments

Stephen makes it clear that hard scientific evidence now exists for what most therapists instinctively know: successful therapy depends utterly on establishing a safe, caring, mutually trustworthy, stable relationship with a client.


How to Make Clients Feel Safe

Today's Video: Bringing Polyvagal Theory into Your Practice

Rich Simon • 5/14/2014 • 1 Comment

How can therapists acquire neuroscientific knowledge without becoming brain scientists themselves? Even more pressing, what real-life practical therapeutic implications, if any, can truly be drawn from neuroscience?


Understand Brain Science Without Being a Neuroscientist

Interviews with Norman Doidge and Stephen Porges

Mary Sykes Wylie • 2/25/2014 • 3 Comments

How can therapists acquire the knowledge of how the brain works without becoming brain scientists themselves? Even more pressing, what real-life practical therapeutic implications, if any, can truly be drawn from neuroscience?


The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room

An Interview with Stephen Porges

Ryan Howes • 10/22/2013 • No Comments

As we all learned in school, we have two options in the face of perceived danger: fight or flight. But that was before neuroscientist Stephen Porges undertook his research into the relationship between human physiology and social engagement.


Ensuring the Future of Psychotherapy

Rich Simon • 10/6/2013 • 2 Comments

In the keynote session from our State of the Art virtual conference, Dan Goleman will survey the range of scientific advances made in recent years in helping people develop the kind of attentional and emotional skills needed for balance and success in life, advances that are having an increasing impact of psychotherapy.


Rethinking the Autonomic Nervous System

Stephen Porges on a Popular Neuroscientific Misconception

Rich Simon • 9/11/2013 • No Comments

For decades therapists have been taught that there are two sides of the autonomic nervous system complementing each other. But according to Stephen Porges—developer of the Polyvagal Theory—this teaching is off the mark.


Cultivating Your Creativity Can Make You More Effective

Psychotherapy Networker • 2/8/2013 • 2 Comments


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