Join date: Jun 2, 2021

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to our group! I am Jan Winhall, author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model. I have been unravelling the mystery of how addiction relates to the autonomic nervous system for over 40 years. When I discovered Steve Porges Polyvagal Theory it became clear to me that addictions and other trauma responses were the bodies’ way of adapting to stressful situations through the process of neuroception. This polyvagal informed approach to trauma and addiction offers a desperately needed paradigm shift from a pathologizing model to a strength based model.

Our group offers a space to explore this paradigm shift through connecting with others and sparking respectful, and passionate dialogue. We invite you to share fresh ideas, challenge diverse ways of conceptualizing, and connect with others to find kindred spirits. Here are a few ideas to begin the dialogue…...

*Addictions and dissociation are adaptive responses to maladaptive environments.

Does this fit with your way of seeing addiction, or are you struggling with this paradigm shift?

*Many trauma therapists do not treat addictions directly. They feel that if addictive behaviours are present, they will cease with trauma treatment. Through a polyvagal lens, we address the bodies addictive pathways directly, engaging in neural exercises that facilitate shifts into ventral states.

Do you know if your clients are addicted? Do you ask?

*Safety is the bedrock of Polyvagal Theory. Our quest for safety is paramount.

How can we create safety in the midst of trauma and oppression in our world?

These are just a few very challenging topics that we can explore. What are your burning questions, ideas? I hope that you will use this space to share and grow in your journey. I will join the group every week to help facilitate the topics.

Be well, be safe, be connected,


Jan Winhall M.S.W. R.S.W FOT

Author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model jan



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