Stephen Porges

Stephen Porges has done important work in the field of Neurobiology and trauma. His Poly-vagal Theory has created a powerful framework for working with trauma, which can give us a more intuitive understanding of our response to danger and stress.

  • The Social Engagement Mechanism
  • Mobilization Response
  • Freeze Response
  • Neuroception

Peter Levine

Trauma researcher, author, and clinician Peter Levine has made significant contributions in the field of trauma over the years. In particular, he observed how animals respond to danger and life-threat and how they release the physiological charge by running and shaking. He developed Somatic Experiencing - a therapeutic approach that creates, in various ways, a "lived experience" of agency, empowerment, and safety.

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