Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT

Come experience Polyvagal PlayLab as described by Deb Grant and Deb Dana in the book Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, co-edited by Deborah Dana and Stephen Porges and recently released by Norton Publishing as part of their Interpersonal Neurobiology Series. 

Polyvagal PlayLab workshop description:

As therapists we are well aware that our experience of safety, danger, and life threat becomes woven into our personal narrative, beyond our conscious control. Polyvagal Theory invites us to understand how the autonomic nervous system (ANS) influences and shapes this process. Polyvagal Theory, developed by renowned researcher Steven Porges,  explains from a neuropsychophysiological perspective how and why we move through a continuous cycle of mobilization, disconnection, and engagement with the world.
Polyvagal PlayLab offers embodied investigation of Polyvagal Theory through a day of experiential exploration. How might our understanding of this theory impact the way we practice therapy?  How can we begin to help our clientsreshape patterns of dysregulation? How might we consciously influence the drive to survive that so often competes with the urge to connect and relate safely with others?  Join Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT to explore these essential questions for psychotherapy practice.
Topics will include: 
Mapping the Model; The 'Art' of Autonomic Awareness; Moving through the Model; Neuroception in Nature; Embodied 'Autonomy'; and Breathing Out and Into Safety.
Join us on an autonomic adventureā€¦



Psychotherapist, somatic movement educator and yoga teacher Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT specializes in working with complex traumatic stress and has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1996.  In addition to her license as a clinical social worker she is certified as a Body-Mind CenteringĀ® Somatic Movement Educator, holds two yoga teacher certifications and has clocked in thousands of hours in bodywork and yoga training in addition to 20 years practice in yoga and movement. 

Future dates TBA


In this daylong workshop combining didactic and experiential approaches to Polyvagal theory, we will:

  • Develop basic fluency in the language of polyvagal theory.
  • Learn how to safely recognize and influence the patterns and nuances of the polyvagal response system.
  • Begin to understand how we can apply our knowledge of polyvagal theory to our work with clients, effectively and compassionately.
  • CE Certificate available (6.5 hours) Formal CE's are approved for psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors and nurses. Click here FMI.
Early registration information: 
(on or before November 28, 2019; $185 after early registration deadline has passed)
Deb Grant:(207)772-7832 

or send an email to Deb here