Deb Dana – Exercises to Create Trust and Safety

This is a great introduction to Polyvagal Theory. Deb Dana describes a three-part exercise to create safety and trust, integral to Polyvagal Theory.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The fundamental premise of Polyvagal Theory is that human beings need safety, and our biology is fiercely devoted to keeping us out of harm’s way. As most therapists know, the body’s rapid-response survival system is orchestrated by our autonomic nervous system (ANS). To briefly review, the ANS operates two branches: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic branch mobilizes us to defend against danger via the fight-or-flight response. The somewhat less understood parasympathetic branch is typically viewed as a unitary system that helps us lower our defenses and regain a state of calm.” Source: A Three-Part Exercise to Create Safety and Trust

To see the full article by Deb Dana, click the link below.

A Three-Part Exercise to Create Safety and Trust

I have included some additional links to her work.  She has been on many programs that might be helpful in your understanding of the role of safety and trust in therapy.  

Deb Dana Describes Polyvagal Theory

Deb Dana: Befriending Your Nervous System

Using the Polyvagal Theory to Balance Your Nervous System with Deb Dana