10 Reasons You Might Need a Therapist This Holiday Season

The holidays aren’t filled with joy for everyone. There are many reasons that people might struggle with the holiday season: Bad memories of prior holidays Not having a good relationship with your family Remembering family members who have died Not having family or...

Creating Cues of Safety & Danger (6/6)

Presenter: Deb Dana In order to feel safe, we need context, choice, and connection. Our bodies perceive danger when our choices are limited or we feel trapped. They also perceive danger when there are too many choices or we are given choices with a guide as to how to...

Responding to Cues of Safety & Danger (5/6)

Presenter: Deb Dana It is unrealistic and unhealthy to always be in ventral. We are at our healthiest when we are flexible and can easily and quickly move between these states as needed. For example, when we are playing and we lose connection, we will move from...

Cues of Safety (4/6)

Presenter: Deb Dana When we are feeling safe, our body turns on our ventral vagus system. Ventral vagal can look like ease and peace or joy and play. All systems are online during ventral vagal. Sympathetic nervous system is regulating blood flow and our heart rate....

Cues of Life-Threat (3/6)

Presenter: Deb Dana One of the main nerves of the parasympathetic nervous system is the vagus nerve, which has sensory and motor functions. There are two parts of the vagus nerve- dorsal vagus and ventral vagus. Our dorsal vagus nerve is responsible for...
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