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Embodied Dialogue Series

Embodied Dialogue Series

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
with Andrew Tatarsky

Thursday 12pm-1pm ET on January 18, 2024

Free to join, all welcome.

“I began working as a counselor in the addiction treatment field when the disease concept abstinence-only model was the only acceptable approach; anything else was considered blasphemy. Over those early years in my career, I realized that this approach was not only not helping the overwhelming majority of people struggling with addiction, but was traumatizing many of them. I was forced by this recognition to challenge this model’s basic assumptions and break its rules in my clinical practice and I discovered a powerful and effective alternative that I have come to call Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP). Many years into the evolution of IHRP I became aware, in my own personal therapy, that an addiction treatment trauma that I experienced when I was 15 years old, unconsciously brought me into the addictions field, sensitized me to what was wrong with it and inspired my passion to create an effective alternative based on empathy, respect, collaboration and empowerment.”

About Andrew
Andrew Tatarsky has worked with addiction for over 40 years. He is the author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems. He developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for treating the spectrum of risky and addictive behavior as an alternative to traditional abstinence-only substance use treatment. IHRP brings relational psychoanalysis, CBT and mindfulness together in a harm reduction frame. IHRP meets people wherever they are on their positive change journeys and works collaboratively to support people in discovering their truth and what goals and approach to positive change best suit them. Andrew is a graduate of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Andrew’s writing, teaching, clinical work and advocacy aim to promote a re-humanized view of people who struggle with substances and a harm reduction continuum of care that will extend help to everyone who needs and wants it wherever they are ready to begin their positive change journeys.

Gabor Maté + Andrew Tatarsky in Conversation (replay)
In 2021 during the height of the pandemic, Gabor Maté and Andrew Tatarsky discussed how harm reduction principles of radical acceptance and compassion help us lean into suffering, hate, and addiction as a basis for individual and collective healing. WATCH REPLAY HERE

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The Felt Sense Polyvagal Approach to Trauma & Addiction Group is a place for you to explore with others, through a polyvagal lens, the experiences of trauma and addiction. We are focusing on understanding addiction through the lens of the nervous system, as an adaptive response to maladaptive environments. Our group is growing in leaps and bounds indicating a hunger for change, for the kind of transformative change that polyvagal theory brings us. The group interacts  online as part of the PVI (Polyvagal Institute) Community App. Once a month the group meets live on Zoom for an hour of exploration and discussion with a guest presenter, in what we now call the Embodied Dialogue Series. 

Free to join the group, all welcome!

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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.

2 Replies to “‘Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy’ with Andrew Tatarsky”

  1. Ana Turetsky

    Is January 18th a Thursday? The Harm Reduction presentations reads Wed. Jan.18th. Please let me know if the presentation will be on Wed. or Thurs. so I can put it on my calendar.
    Much appreciated,

  2. Rachan[ Post Author ]

    Hi Ana, thanks for spotting that mistake! Yes, it’s on Thursday, hope to see you there.

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