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Overcoming Loneliness
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A growing number of clients are coming to therapy feeling isolated, lonely, and disconnected.  But the key to helping lies far beyond encouraging people to make friends or join social groups. Often something deeper keeps clients from feeling connected, a sense of belonging, and being able to reach out. Polyvagal-Informed Therapy provides a different way of working with these issues through the lens of the nervous system. In this workshop, you’ll see a real, live demonstration of this approach to loneliness along with a roadmap for how to understand and work with loneliness in your practice. We’ll explore: 

  • How to understand loneliness, dis-connection, and isolation from the perspective of threat and safety in the nervous system 
  • Using co-regulation and neuroception skills to assist clients in moving from fear to safety at the level of their body and nervous systems 
  • How to recognize the four pathways of connection as they relate to feelings of loneliness 
  • A live demonstration of polyvagal-informed therapy 

Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW

Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical work. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020), Befriending Your Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020), Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).

To learn more, visit rhythmofregulation.com or www.polyvagalinstitute.org

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice, is an advisor with Unyte/iLS and is a consultant with the Veterans Association and Khiron Clinics. She receives a consulting fee and speaker honorarium from Sounds True. Deborah Dana receives a speaking honorarium from Life Architect and Embody Lab and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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