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Revolutionizing trauma and addiction treatment with the Felt Sense™ Polyvagal Model

Giuseppe Sanna
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About This Course

The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm to a strength-based approach. Through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory, addiction is seen as an adaptive stress response in our autonomic nervous system. Addictive behaviors are the bodies attempt to emotionally regulate by acting as propellers that facilitate neurophysiological shifts in our nervous system. The model integrates Porges’ Polyvagal theory and Gendlin’s Felt Sense Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy enabling us to appreciate trauma/addictive behaviors as adaptive responses in maladaptive environments. The FSPM provides a generic framework that can support any therapeutic modality. This 6 hour webinar will present an introduction to my book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model. I will give a detailed description of the integrative theoretical framework of the model as I developed it over four decades in working with trauma survivors. Application of the model will be demonstrated in an introduction to The Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool.™ (EATT)™

The EATT™ provides a somatic assessment of client’s capacity to regulate their autonomic nervous system, and integrate embodied experiences. As you develop the experiential assessment over time it becomes an organized treatment plan and can be stored online as a clinical record. The EATT™ package is downloadable on my website. Detailed examples of how to use the Tool will be demonstrated. Carnes Three Circle Practice, a tool for working with addiction, will be explained so clinicians can apply the model right away. Participants will also learn about Gendlin’s Focusing/Felt Sense method of psychotherapy and how to guide clients into connecting with their bodies. A mixture of didactic information, experiential practices, demonstrations, and case examples will guide the clinician in applying the model. This course will be informative for those new to the field of trauma/addiction as well as seasoned practitioners.


What will you learn


By the end of the webinar, therapists will have learned to:

  • Describe three concepts in polyvagal theory as they apply to trauma informed embodied psychotherapy.
  • Describe the neurophysiological states of the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ for treating trauma and addiction.
  • Explain trauma and addiction through the lens of Polyvagal theory.
  • Name the four avenues into Gendlin’s concept of Felt sense and begin to apply this embodied practice in psychotherapy.
  • Explain the Three Circle Practice and how to apply it with clients.
  • Describe the Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ (EATT) and how it differs from the traditional pathologizing model.
  • Helping clients identify their autonomic state and use a variety of strategies to help them heal.

Lettura consigliata: “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model” di Jan Winhall, Routledge, 2021. Il libro può essere acquistato cliccando sul seguente link:

Participants will be asked to download some cards from Jan Winhall's website ( which we will translate and to have markers available to use for some exercises during the webinar.


Who is this event aimed at?

  • Psychologists
  • Doctors
  • Psychotherapists


Leggi gli abstract dell’evento

Jan Winhall

Jan Winhall, M.S.W. F.O.T. is an author, teacher, and psychotherapist. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work, where she supervises graduate students. Jan is director of Focusing on Borden, a psychotherapy and training centre, and Co-Director of The Borden Street Clinic. She presents internationally on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge, 2021.

Read the speakers’ biography


Jan Winhall (M.S.W. F.O.T.) è Autrice, Insegnante e Psicoterapeuta. Ricopre il ruolo di Professore Aggiunto presso l’Università di Toronto, all’interno della Faculty of Social Work, dove offre supervisione agli studenti della Magistrale. Jan è direttrice del Centro di Psicoterapia e Formazione Focusing on Borden, nonché co-direttrice della clinica itinerante Borden Street Clinic. Ha tenuto presentazioni a livello internazionale sul suo libro “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model” (Routledge, 2021).


2 Lessons5h 31m


Jan Winhall Italiano primo giorno02:45:00
Jan Winhall Secondo Giorno Italiano02:46:00

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