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How Yoga Promotes Both Top-Down and Bottom-Up Regulation in Trauma Survivors

Discover how yoga can discharge memories stored in the nervous system of trauma survivors

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Irina Diyankova, PhD, RYT-200 reveals how yoga stimulates both top-down and bottom-up regulation, which can help trauma survivors reset their nervous systems back to baseline.

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A Single Goal: How the Aim of Yoga and Mental Health Counselors are One and the Same

Discover how the ancient practice of yoga fits in perfectly with trauma treatment

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD provides a short summary of yoga philosophy and reveals why it’s a fantastic complementary therapy for trauma survivors.

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How Trauma Creates Narrow “Windows of Tolerance” in Survivors

Why trauma survivors react dramatically to stimulus, and how you can help them handle stress in healthy ways

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Trauma survivors can struggle to self-regulate and control their responses to everyday stressors and the unexpected. In this short video, Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200 reveals why trauma survivors are more prone to extreme reactions to stress such as rage, binge drinking and self-harm.

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EMDR: Safety and Stabilization

When and with whom do we use EMDR?

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD

In addition to improved practice outcomes, effective integration of EMDR can lead to the long-term trauma resolution that your clients so desperately desire. But we need to stop and ask: when and with whom do we use EMDR?

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Introduction to Yoga for Trauma Treatment

Adding simple yoga poses to talk therapy can help your clients break the crippling grip of trauma faster (NO yoga certification or crazy flexibility required)

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Irina Diyankova, PhD, RYT-200 busts some stubborn myths about yoga and who it’s for (hint: It’s NOT just for skinny, flexible people). You’ll also discover the many benefits of using yoga in trauma treatment.

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14 Products to Spread the Love

Be Your Best Self, To Be the Best Partner

PESI Team

This month focus on loving yourself to better love those around you. These 14 titles rooted in Self-Compassion, Gratitude and Deep Conversation will help grow your heart to spread your love beyond yourself.

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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk on Interoception & Yoga

Effective Trauma Treatment

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

It’s frustrating when your client gets stuck — overwhelmed by fear, shame, helplessness...Here’s one solution that’s extremely effective in moving therapy forward.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Polyvagal Theory in Contemporary Song Lyrics

Dr. Stephen Porges, the founder of Polyvagal Theory, reveals the principles of this groundbreaking theory as shown in hundreds of contemporary song lyrics.

Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Polyvagal Theory is a brain-body science that’s helped thousands of therapists make significant breakthroughs with clients suffering the impacts of trauma. And it’s everywhere, all around us, hiding in plain sight.

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Breathing Is the Key to Managing Stress and Anxiety

Simple breathing exercises can calm you down when you’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety.

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Stress and anxiety are a part of life, no question. But chronic stress and worry, if left unchecked, can harm both your physical and mental health. The first step to controlling your body’s responses to stress is to control your breathing, using these simple techniques.

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Polyvagal Theory in Action: 3D Example of the Nervous System with Ventral and Dorsal Vagal Systems

Gain a deeper understanding of Polyvagal Theory and why it’s so effective in trauma treatment.

DEB DANA, LCSW

Polyvagal Theory is a brain-body science that’s helped thousands of therapists make significant breakthroughs with clients suffering the impacts of trauma. In this video, Deb Dana, pioneer of clinical applications of Polyvagal Theory, creates a dynamic 3D model that demonstrates the theory in action.

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