Wholebody Focusing Community Gathering

Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model: A Bottom up Approach

August 14, 2021 3:00 pm


  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Geographical target: Global
  • Host/Presenter:  Jan Winhall

This live webinar is based on Jan’s new book “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model.” She will present a new way of understanding and treating trauma and addiction. The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model provides a paradigm shift from the traditional disease approach  to an embodied understanding of trauma and its underbelly, addiction, through the lens of the autonomic nervous system.

Addictions are seen as the bodies’ attempt to emotionally regulate by acting as propellors that facilitate shifts in our nervous system. The model Integrates Gendlin’s Felt Sense process with Porges Polyvagal theory, enabling us to appreciate addictive behaviors as adaptive responses to maladaptive environments. The model provides a generic framework that can be integrated into any therapeutic modality. The webinar will include a description of how to apply the model through participant exercises, and case examples.

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