Stuck Not Broken

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By: Justin Sunseri

Stuck Not Broken is the first podcast built on clearly teaching the Polyvagal Theory and applying it to your trauma recovery process. Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that makes the science of connection easily understood and accessible to anyone. He created the Polyvagal Trauma Relief System and is the author of Trauma & The Polyvagal Paradigm. (Justin Sunseri, LMFT99147)

Bad Therapy: Poor Boundaries, Exorcism, and Dinner
#225
Last Tuesday at 12:00 PM

Justin and Mercedes discuss a Bad Therapy story of poor boundaries and where it leads. If you have your own Bad Therapy story, send it to justinlmft@gmail.com

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Polyvagal Freeze State: Cognitions and Release
#224
04/09/2024

Learn experiences of the Polyvagal freeze state, like changes in cognitions and underlying impulses.

00:00 Introduction

00:50 Understanding Freeze State: Insights and Analogies

04:23 Cognitive Effects of the Freeze State: Analysis and Examples

08:22 Addressing Shame and Cognitive Adaptations in Freeze State

10:09 Therapeutic Approaches: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Strategies

11:29 Closing Thoughts and Resources

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How to Slowly Stop Negative Coping Skills
#223
03/26/2024

Explore practical strategies for understanding and gradually replacing negative coping skills eventually and slowly with healthier alternatives, employing the principles of the Polyvagal Theory. Host Justin Sunseri shares insights from a discussion with his private community, offering techniques to recognize and modify behaviors such as binge eating by creating a mindful space between impulse and action. The episode navigates the challenges of self-regulation and provides a compassionate framework for individuals seeking to address their coping strategies without judgment or shame.

00:00 Introduction

01:17 Strategies for Managing Negative Coping Skills

05:22 The Journey Towards Mindfulness and Self-Regulation<...


Stage Fright and Polyvagal Theory: how to Anchor in Safety and Overcome it
#222
03/12/2024

The Polyvagal Theory is not a solution, but a scientific understanding of our biological reactions. So, how does the PVT apply to stage fright? What Polyvagal states are occurring and what can you do about it?

00:00 Introduction and Background

00:46 Understanding Performance Anxiety and Polyvagal Theory

02:39 The Science Behind Stage Fright

04:45 Exploring the Freeze Reaction

06:14 Factors Contributing to Performance Anxiety

10:22 Strategies to Overcome Performance Anxiety

15:50 Closing Thoughts and Contact Information

16:25 Disclaimer and Additional Resources

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Polyvagal Safety Cues & Loved Ones: Why You Don't Feel Connected (maybe)
#221
03/05/2024

Learn why you might have difficulty accepting safety cues, even from your loved ones. Your Polyvagal state acts as a filter and changes your perception of your interactions with others.

00:00 Introduction and Viewer's Question

00:52 Understanding Safety States

01:39 The Role of Interpersonal Relationships in Safety States

03:45 The Impact of Defensive States on Perception

05:48 Building Strength in Your Safety State

07:28 Alternative Avenues for Anchoring Safety

08:20 Conclusion and Invitation to Join Trauma Recovery Courses

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Dealing with Sadness through Self-Compassion (sadness and Polyvagal Theory)
#220
02/27/2024

Emotions, including sadness, are not random but are responses to our body's state. Use this three-step process to begin feeling your sadness with self-compassion.

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How to Feel Polyvagal Safety Even if You Struggle to
#219
02/14/2024

Learn how to feel ventral vagal safety even when it feels out of reach through 3 different options: imagination, co-regulation, and mindful sensory experiences. These 3 options may be the most approachable for identifying and eventually building safety within.

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From Safety to Shutdown: Courtney's Journey through Polyvagal Theory
#218
01/30/2024

Therapist and Coach Justin Sunseri lists all 9 official Polyvagal Theory autonomic states and shares the story of Courtney. The episode demystifies different autonomic states like Safety, Flight/Fight, and Shutdown, and their mixed states such as Freeze, Play, and Stillness. Justin dives into the nuances of these states, explores how to identify them in Courtney's relatable, emotional journey, and guides you to recognize and understand these states within your own experiences.

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Growth Mindset is Not the Solution and Fixed Mindset is Not the Problem
#217
01/23/2024

Your mindset might not be the main problem when it comes to making lasting change in your life. Instead, your underlying Polyvagal state matters more. The state of one's body influences emotions, behaviors, and even one's mindset. The concepts of the "growth mindset" and "fixed mindset" were popularized by Carol Dweck. But maybe it's not as simple as choosing a growth mindset. Learn about the Polyvagal Theory, which suggests we have three basic states: safety, flight/fight, and shutdown. Ultimately, how readily one can access the 'safety' state is crucial to cultivating a growth mindset.

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Binge Eating as a Behavioral Adaptation: A Polyvagal Analysis
#216
01/16/2024

Discover how the Polyvagal Theory sheds light on binge eating as a behavioral adaptation. This episode post delves into the complex interplay of defensive autonomic states and eating disorders, offering insights for those seeking a deeper understanding of their eating behaviors and paths to healthier coping mechanisms.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline -1 (800) 799-7233

LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386

National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1 (800) 656-4673

Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741

Call 911 for emergency

This and other content prod...