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The Felt Sense Polyvagal Approach to Trauma & Addiction Groupis 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.
Healing developmental trauma begins with offering the missing nonverbal experiences of somatic support, attunement, and safety―a bottom-up foundation from which new top-down narratives can emerge.
By addressing the ways in which we have never been met or understood at the most fundamental level, nurturing touch intentions initiate experiences of connection and trust that reach through the traumatized layers of neglect, invisibility, unworthiness, and numbness and validate the foundation of self that is anchored in the body.
Communicating directly with the body at the nonverbal level where we have all received our first imprints, NeuroAffective Touch® addresses three essential self-states necessary for attachment and emotional well-being: “I exist,” “I am loved,” “My needs are important,” and connects with childhood relational and emotional needs that unconsciously shape our behavior and identity.
Dr. Aline LaPierre is the founder and director of The NeuroAffective Touch Institute, offering training in the integration of therapeutic touch and psychotherapy as a vital relational bridge to overcoming developmental trauma. She is also current Editor-in-Chief of The International Body Psychotherapy Journal and President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. Dr. Aline LaPierre is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship. Her website is: www.NeuroAffectiveTouch.com
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