Deb Dana

Clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator - Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Kinsey Institute

Deb Dana, LCSW 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 work with trauma survivors.  She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. 

Deb’s clinical work published with W.W. Norton includes The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices, and the Polyvagal Flip Chart.  She partners with Sounds True to bring her polyvagal perspective to a general audience through the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory and her forthcoming print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.


Monday 21 June

Presentation Two - Deb Dana

Reaching out in Challenging Times: A Polyvagal Guide

The global pandemic has not only disrupted our daily living but has brought an abrupt change to the way many of us practice. Rather than being nourished by connecting with our clients, we now welcome them to a session on a screen or, if we’re lucky, greet them in-person behind a mask, six feet apart. Therapists and clients alike are feeling the profound impact of disconnection. Learning to navigate the world of tele-therapy and experimenting with ways to safely return to in-person work is an ongoing challenge. Finding our way to regulation and bringing that regulating presence to our work with clients who are now even more frequently and intensely dysregulated is a challenging responsibility. The pandemic has taught us new lessons about the incredible adaptability of the human nervous system. During this presentation we will explore the lessons from tele-therapy - the challenges and the silver linings and how to incorporate them into our clinical work. We will look at ways to offer connection and co-regulation to our clients during a pandemic and beyond.


Monday 21 June

Q & A Session - Deb Dana

My passion for neuroscience leads me into collaboration with researchers to better understand the science and psychology of lasting change. This passion informs my clinical work, my teaching, and my writing.  I have a particular interest in Polyvagal Theory and the influence of the autonomic nervous system in shaping the ways we move through the world.