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[Embodied Dialogue Series] FREE Monthly Online Zoom Meetups | Felt Sense Polyvagal Approach to Trauma & Addiction Group


Join me live on Zoom each month as I interview guests who contribute to our understanding about trauma and addiction. Our group is on the Polyvagal Institute Community App.

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Join me live on Zoom each month as I interview guests who contribute to our understanding about trauma and addiction. 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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BG Mancini

Microtraumas contributing to the Children’s Mental Health Epidemic
with  BG Mancini

Tuesday 12pm-1pm EDT on June 25, 2024

Free to join, all welcome.

Research now shows seemingly unrelated factors like food, sensory input, digestive health, lack of exercise, and diminished parental availability can influence children’s brain development both in function AND form.

This impacts children’s external  behavior and ability to deeply connect, and causes them to shift from staying safely in their body to checking out just to cope with their own physiology.

Interoceptive cues of non-safety triggered by these inputs are significant barriers to coregulation and self-regulating, creating more trauma.

Children with multiple diagnosis are also more likely to find addictions.

Just knowing what contributes to the early developmental signs of inflammation and what these truly look like in the body and brain can make everyone an aide for a child and family to find the right resources, and majorly alter outcomes.

About BG

BG Mancini, is a Neurodevelopmental Specialist, Advanced Certified in Functional Medicine, and AP/PCP.  She is the founder of The Brain Gut Institute and creator of The Family Nervous System®. With 27 years of practice, she works with children & families to unlock their unique potential through biomedical, nervous system & neurodevelopmental practices.

Through educating therapists and clinicians about the underlying factors driving children’s behavior, she advocates for holistic support, emphasizing the impact of internal and external microtraumas on physiology, and its impact on behavior. She highlights the importance of including Interoception, Proprioception, Neuroception, Sensory Processing, Interhemispheric Movement, and Nutrition in any conversation about children’s mental health. 


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Travis Goodman

FSPM and the Four Circles
with Travis Goodman

Thursday 12pm-1pm EDT on July 25, 2024

Free to join, all welcome.

The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM™) is a framework by Jan Winhall that integrates Gendlin’s concept of a ‘felt sense’ with Polyvagal Theory. By emphasizing the importance of the body in understanding the nervous system’s responses to trauma, addiction and dissociation, the model offers a new way of working with trauma and addiction. FSPM teaches people how to emotionally regulate by connecting with two powerful embodied processes: interoception, felt sensing, and neuroception, rewiring dysregulated autonomic states.

The Four Circles Harm Reduction Practice is an FSPM™ practice that develops upon the Three Circle Practice (Cairns, 2001). It includes graphic elements and is used to help people engage and deepen their embodied connection by locating their state and practicing outer circle safety-seeking behaviors every day for reducing harm.

In this dialogue, therapist Travis Goodman will share his experiences on how he integrates the FSPM™ with EMDR to treat trauma and addiction.

About Travis

Travis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Mind+Body Coach.  He has been practicing over the past 10 years.  He has further expertise, training, and certification in Attachment-Focused EMDR, Focusing-Oriented Trainer (FOT), Certified Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (FSPM), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

He has been married for 13 years to his amazing wife and resides in Southern California with their family.  They have two boys and a girl.  Travis is passionate about continuing to grow as a father, husband, friend, and therapist.

Through the video podcast, the Integrated Man Project, Travis invites you to hear and share in journeying towards integration psychologically, physically, socially, and spiritually. The mission of the Integrated Man Project is to create a space that aims to equip men around the world with the tools, inspiration, and resources needed to be the best and most effective men they can be.


Instagram: @integratedmanproject

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Apple Podcast: Integrated Man

Spotify Podcast: Integrated Man


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‘Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga’ with Arielle Schwartz

Dr. Arielle Schwartz, author of seven books on trauma recovery including Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma, will discuss the science behind vagus nerve stimulation and guide you through gentle practices support your wellbeing.You will learn how to…

‘The Importance of Embodying Emotion in All Therapies’ with Raja Selvam

Research in cognitive and affective neuroscience in the past twenty five years has clearly established the importance of embodying emotions for improving outcomes and treatment times in all therapeutic approaches. In the short presentation, Dr. Selvam will discuss how therapists can go…

‘IFS and Compassion for Addictive Processes’ with Cece Sykes

Clients with addictive process issues too often feel cast adrift from general therapy. Yet sending off clients to ‘get treatment’ in order to be ‘ready’ for help is distressing and stigmatizing for hurting clients, and often leaves them…

‘The Restoration of the Hijacked Self’ with Ruth Lanius

“The compulsion to repeat the past through traumatic re-enactments or engaging in reckless behaviours is frequently one of the few ways that allows traumatized individuals to ‘feel alive’. It is well known that individuals with PTSD – particularly when associated with developmental…

‘Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy’ with Andrew Tatarsky

“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…

‘Mindfulness in Early Addiction Recovery’ with Linda Thai

Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Processing differences are a significant risk factor for addiction. Studies show that children with sensory challenges can struggle with social anxiety and social engagement. These feelings of being different, being too much, being too sensitive, of…

‘Why Addiction isn’t a Disease’ with Marc Lewis

In this interview, Marc will share his own journey of addiction and how he developed the learning model over many years of study. As Marc’s career has evolved over time, his new interest has brought him into the field of psychotherapy and…

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.