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Digital Seminar

Overcoming Loneliness

Polyvagal-Informed Therapy for Connection

2 Hours 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 22, 2024
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A growing number of clients are coming to therapy feeling isolated, lonely, and disconnected.  But the key to helping lies far beyond encouraging people to make friends or join social groups. Often something deeper keeps clients from feeling connected, a sense of belonging, and being able to reach out. Polyvagal-Informed Therapy provides a different way of working with these issues through the lens of the nervous system. In this workshop, you’ll see a real, live demonstration of this approach to loneliness along with a roadmap for how to understand and work with loneliness in your practice. We’ll explore: 

  • How to understand loneliness, dis-connection, and isolation from the perspective of threat and safety in the nervous system 
  • Using co-regulation and neuroception skills to assist clients in moving from fear to safety at the level of their body and nervous systems 
  • How to recognize the four pathways of connection as they relate to feelings of loneliness 
  • A live demonstration of polyvagal-informed therapy 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW's Profile

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Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical work. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020), Befriending Your Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020), Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).

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Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice, is an advisor with Unyte/iLS and is a consultant with the Veterans Association and Khiron Clinics. She receives a consulting fee and speaker honorarium from Sounds True. Deborah Dana receives a speaking honorarium from Life Architect and Embody Lab and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Determine how autonomic state shapes client experiences of loneliness. 
  2. Utilize the three pathways of neuroception to measure readiness for connection. 
  3. Experiment with co-regulating skills and determine which foster a sense of safety. 
  4. Measure sensitivities and strengths in a client’s connection to self, others, the world, and Spirit. 
  5. Integrate a Polyvagal approach to working with loneliness. 


  • The autonomic hierarchy and emergent properties of the each of the three states 
  • Common behaviours and beliefs activated in sympathetic and dorsal survival states  
  • Using the safety/danger chart to identify critical cues from your clients and how to use those cues to move them from danger to safety 
  • Techniques for creating distance or connection with your clients 
  • Matching co-regulating practices with your client’s capacity for connection  
  • How to explore individual pathways 
  • Working with pathways as an integrated whole  
  • Live demonstration of a clinical session 
  • Limitations of research and risks 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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