Polyvagal Prompts: Finding Connection and Joy through Guided Explorations (Paperback)

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Polyvagal Prompts: Finding Connection and Joy through Guided Explorations (Paperback)

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Discover the remarkable ways your nervous system works in service of your safety and well-being.


Polyvagal Theory, developed by researcher and scientist Dr. Stephen Porges and popularized by therapist Deb Dana, has impacted countless lives. It has changed the way therapists work with their clients and provided a pathway toward healing for those who have experienced hardship or trauma. In Polyvagal Prompts, Deb Dana and Courtney Rolfe invite readers to explore their nervous systems through Polyvagal Theory with engaging questions and exercises, which readers can respond to directly in the pages of the book. Readers are guided in noticing their systems, listening with curiosity, and reflecting on what they learn. The prompts can be used as a daily practice or to explore specific topics at the reader’s own pace, and are also ideal for helping clients track and reflect upon their polyvagal-informed therapies. No matter how readers decide to explore, Polyvagal Prompts offers an invaluable opportunity to begin the life-changing journey of befriending one’s nervous system.



Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, and speaker specializing in complex trauma. She is the leading translator of Dr. Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory for both clinical and general audiences, and the best-selling author of Polyvagal PracticesPolyvagal Card DeckThe Polyvagal Flip Chart, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, and co-editor with Dr. Stephen Porges of Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory. She trains therapists around the world in how to bring a Polyvagal approach into their clinical practice, and also works with agencies and larger systems to explore how to incorporate a Polyvagal perspective.

She is founding member of The Polyvagal Institute, a consultant to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. Visit her website at http://rhythmofregulation.com/.



Courtney Rolfe, LCPC, is a licensed psychotherapist, speaker, and trainer passionate about bringing Polyvagal Theory to clinicians and wellness professionals across the globe. A leading expert in the Polyvagal Theory, Courtney’s passion lies in supporting and teaching clinicians, helping individuals and communities heal, and in living the model of navigating the world with a regulated nervous system. Courtney maintains a private practice based in Chicago, Illinois, in addition to being a speaker and trainer. Courtney offers individual and group consultation for helping professionals, supporting healers and helpers bring the wisdom of the nervous system into their work. More information can be found at www.modernmindandheart.com.
Product Details ISBN: 9781324030195
ISBN-10: 1324030194
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English
Praise for Deb Dana's previous work

Deb Dana lucidly guides you to travel inside of yourself to become aware [of] your inner physiology and thereby create the necessary conditions for safety and connection.
— Bessel van der Kolk, author of The New York Times #1 bestseller The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Deb Dana brilliantly crafts accessible and poignantly effective practices of self-exploration.
— Stephen W. Porges, PhD, creator of Polyvagal Theory