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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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Addiction from the Bottom Up: A Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ of Addiction

The following piece was originally published in Somatic Psychotherapy Today. Reaching beyond the western, post Descartes view of mind/body duality as distorted and harmful, I have explored alternative ways of experiencing and conceptualizing the body. I think this is critical when working with addiction because our current understanding and treatment of addiction reflect this disembodied […]

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Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy with Jan Winhall, The Michael Ostrolenk Show #ORadio (Video)

Michael Ostrolenk is a licensed psychotherapist who completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and did post-graduate studies in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies . He is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. Michael is Head Instructor for SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy as well as a personal development […]

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Addiction from the Bottom Up: Integrating a Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ to Treat Addiction (Video)

Join Jan as she shares over 40 years of experience keeping her client’s company. Her clinical work has led her to understand that what is called “addiction”…Interview with Ann Dowsett Johnston https://youtu.be/eTFtjRSQnx4

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You Know Yourself Through The World (Video)

Jan Winhall and Catherine Torpey discuss crossings between philosophy, Focusing, and Imago Therapy. We hope you enjoyed this video. Places to find The International Focusing Institute: Website: www.focusing.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusinginstitute Twitter: @tfifocusing https://youtu.be/5Zfui5v4n0I

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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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