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Category: Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT)

Conversation with Jan Winhall on Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™

Jan Winhall has a conversation about her book with Manal Aldabbagh (Embodied Parenting Coach, Movement, and Expressive Dance Facilitator). https://youtu.be/h3LSZ2QFXFo

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Reimagining Addiction as an Adaptive Response to Threat

Four key points: Addiction is an adaptive response mediated by our autonomic nervous system. The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ is a new paradigm for trauma and addiction treatment. The Three Circle Practice is a practical harm reduction treatment framework. Healing comes from establishing safety in the body. Addictions as Adaptive When people ask me what […]

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USABP FORUM – Integrating Addiction and Trauma Treatment

USABP – IBPJ FORUM PRESENTS: A Paradigm Shift Using Bottom-Up, Top-Down, and Systemic Models This event was a USABP fundraiser that took place in February 2021 and has now been released for general public viewing. Addiction treatment has been driven by a pathologizing model that leaves out the wisdom of the body in the healing […]

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“Clearing Space Backwards” Felt Sense Practice

Sometimes when we’re guiding somatic practices, we assume that clients are comfortable dropping down into the center of the body. This assumption can cause undue alarm for people who are living in traumatized states. Clearing Space Backwards is a gentle way to slowly titrate an embodied process. It is also very helpful for times when […]

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What Would You Do If You Were a Focusing Oriented Therapist? …An Experiential, Embodied Demo (Video)

This 5-minute video was created by Jan Winhall and Serge Prengel. It is based on an actual session, but the client is not visible, just the therapist. It is meant to give you an experiential sense of what a Focusing-oriented therapist might do.  Click Here to Watch on YouTube

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Treating Addiction – and Much More – Using the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model – [The Unveil Podcast, Episode #49]

During this expansive episode, Jan chats to Victoria all about her journey into developing the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, and then runs through a comprehensive overview of this model, and how to use this both in clinical practice and personally. Far more than just a treatment for addictions, this model is an incredibly powerful tool […]

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The Trauma Therapist Project – Interview with Jan Winhall (Podcast)

The Trauma Therapist Project interviews Jan Winhall for their podcast episode (#196). Jan speaks about her many years of work in the area of trauma and addiction, how she got to where she is, and what was learnt along the way. Go to the Podcast Episode HERE

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Book Review of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model: A Bottom-Up Approach

This piece was originally published on Somathic Psychotherapy Today. By Dr. Leslie Ellis Just at a time when the wider world is waking up to a more compassionate and inclusive way of understanding trauma and addiction, a timely book that addresses these issues in personal, historical, embodied, and practical ways has arrived. In Treating Trauma […]

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