Reduce Stress and Overwhelm Through a Deeper Understanding of Your Nervous System.
Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician and teacher specializing in complex trauma, as well as a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. Deb's work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives. For more, see rhythmofregulation.com.
"Presenting Stephen Porges's justly celebrated Polyvagal Theory in clear and concise language for the layperson, in Anchored Deb Dana guides us, by means of simple exercises, to understand and befriend our autonomic nervous system, engaging its healing capacities to connect with ourselves and with our social world." --Gabor Mate, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts "Master trauma therapist and clinical trainer Deb Dana is already well known and deeply appreciated for the deftness of her translations of obtuse science--neuroception and autonomic hierarchy--into accessible common sense. We work with Stories, Actions, Feelings, and Embodied sensations to come home to safety, connection, and well-being. In Anchored, she radically--and masterfully--shifts the entire focus of our current paradigms of healing and growth to a new vocabulary and new practices for regulating the (re)activity of the human nervous system that underlies all of our personal struggles and the stories we tell ourselves about them. Deb offers a wealth of very doable explorations and practices for noticing, befriending, shifting, and shaping our automatic responses to cues of safety and danger, and leads us through vivid examples and the practical explorations that reliably lead us home to safety, connection, and well-being. We can all be grateful for the wise guidance that is the Anchored road map." --Linda Graham, MFT, author of Resilience "Anchored is a beautiful, almost lyrical guide to befriending our nervous system in ways that allow us to immerse ourselves more fully in the mysterious wonders of living and loving. Deb Dana has elegantly translated neuroscience into everyday words and experiences that illustrate how we move in and out of states of safe connection and states of protecting ourselves, guided by our wondrously complex and adaptive nervous system. Full of examples and simple, clear exercises, this lovely book gently supports a growing curiosity and awareness of the subtle shifts in our bodies as our nervous system reflects old stories and creates new ones about who we are and how we move through the world. Readers from all walks of life will find this an accessible and practical book for recognizing and understanding patterns of protection that hold us back and how to regularly (re)anchor ourselves in deep loving and living." --Kathy Steele, MN, CS, coauthor of Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation