Deb Dana

Deb Dana

Deb Dana is a clinician, consultant and author specializing in complex trauma. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives.  Deb’s work shows how an understanding of Polyvagal Theory applies to relationships, mental health and trauma, and how we can use an understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory to change the ways we navigate our daily lives.

Deb is the author of the following publications:

  • The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018)
  • Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020)
  • Co-editor with Stephen Porges – Clinical Application of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018)
  • Creator of The Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020)
  • She created the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory (Sounds True 2019), and is the author of Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (Sounds True, 2021)

Deb has a busy career training therapists around the world in how to bring a Polyvagal approach into the clinical work. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, a consultant to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. Deb is also a founding member, alongside Dr Stephen Porges, of The Polyvagal Institute (

Deb can be contacted via her website:


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