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If you aren’t familiar with polyvagal theory, Michelle Gaines is breaking it down for you in today’s episode. Polyvagal theory is not evidence based, but a set of theoretical principles. It relates to our emotional regulation, social connection, and fear response. In this discussion, we dive into what polyvagal theory is and how it can be applied to everyday interactions with ourselves, our children, and others. Michelle discusses fascinating topics such as how we experience safety and stress in our bodies and how we experience connection or disconnection.
Michelle is a mother of two, Certified Conscious Parenting Coach, longtime educator, and founder of a trauma-informed education non-profit. Michelle combines her passion for education with her formal training in: The Conscious Parenting Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, the Neurobiology of Trauma, and more to support parents, educators and professionals.
Matters discussed and referenced in this episode are in no way to be construed or substituted as psychological counseling, or any other type of therapy, or medical advice. If you are in crisis, please dial 911. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
In this episode we discuss:
- What exactly polyvagal theory is and is not
- The two parts of the autonomic nervous system
- The 3 organizing principles of polyvagal theory
- Ways we can improve connection and communication as parents
- What to do if you find yourself or your children in moments of dysregulation
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Questions answered in this episode:
- What exactly is polyvagal theory?
- What is the autonomic nervous system?
- How does the polyvagal theory relate to parenting?
- If you find you’re dysregulated, what do you do?
- When you’re postpartum, can hormones impact your ability to regulate?
- Is saying no harmful and how can I say no in a different way?
- I was raised in a yelling household and that’s not what I want to do, what is your advice?
- My son yells “go away” to every emotion, what should I say or do?