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Beyond Belief Sobriety Podcast Episode 238

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In this episode, Jan explains how and why addiction becomes a way of coping with trauma and she helps bridge the two worlds of trauma treatment and addiction.

*** Topics Discussed ***
* Jan’s early work with a group of women who survived incest.
* How trauma enacts a process in the autonomic nervous system.
* Polyvagal Model and Felt Sense
* The need for safety and how we react when we don’t feel safe.
* The collective trauma of the pandemic and how people are reacting to it.


Jan Winhall, M.S.W.  P.I.F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she offers a training program based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. Completion of four levels leads students to become Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitators. Her new book, 20 Embodied Practices for Healing Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, will be published by Norton to be available in March 2025. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world.

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