References and Further Reading
Polyvagal theory was developed by psychologist and neuroscientist Stephen Porges.
Below are a list of references, resources and further reading from both Porges and many other experts that can help you to learn more about the nervous system.
My hope at the end of the day is that you find the right people and the right resources to help you, whether that be here at Stabilise or somewhere else. I hope the links I share below are useful to those who need it.
- Stephen Porges (2017). The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe.
This book provides an introduction to understanding polyvagal theory by Stephen Porges himself. For a list of all of Porges' books visit his website here.
- The Polyvagal Institute was created by Stephen Porges to provide courses, events, scientific papers, podcasts and videos by experts in the field.
- Deb Dana (2021). Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System using Polyvagal Theory.
Deb Dana is an expert who has written many useful books for therapists on how to use polyvagal exercises with clients. This book is written for a more general audience so that anyone can befriend their nervous system. For a list of all of Dana's books visit her website here.
- Pat Ogden (2015). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment.
This book is written for both therapists and clients and explains important concepts such as the window of tolerance. For a list of all of Pat Ogden's books visit her website here.
- Stanley Rosenberg (2017). Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism.
This is a practical guide to working with our nervous system and understanding the role it plays in our wellbeing. To view all of Rosenberg's work you can visit his website here.
- The Nervous System School was created by physiotherapist Jessica Maguire and provides a range of online vagus nerve programs to help you learn to regulate the nervous system.
- Felt Sense Psychotherapy provides online courses and programs to help teach clients about polyvagal theory and learn to regulate.