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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week I’m thrilled to be speaking with Dr. Stephen Porges, who proposed the Polyvagal Theory back in the 90’s and has continued to study, write and speak about this important work ever since. In our conversation you’ll hear the story of Dr. Porges’s work over the past decades; find out how the Polyvagal Theory relates to our felt sense of safety; learn about the Safe & Sound Protocol; learn about the positive impact of our individual and collective healing; and much more. 

Stephen W. Porges, PhD is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He has published more than 400 peer‐reviewed scientific papers that have been cited in more than 50,000 peer-review publications. He is the creator of the Polyvagal Theory and a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™, currently used by approximately 3,000 therapists to reduce hearing sensitivities, improve language processing, and increase spontaneous social engagement. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton, 2017), and Polyvagal Safety, as well as co-author with Seth Porges of Our Polyvagal World (Norton, 2023), and co-editor with Deb Dana of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). Dr. Porges is a founder of the Polyvagal Institute.


Find everything Polyvagal Theory at: https://polyvagalinstitute.org

Visit Dr. Porges’s website here: https://www.stephenporges.com/

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September 29, 2023

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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