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I'm a Polyvagal-obsessed trauma recovery therapist and coach.

"Polyvagal-informed" doesn't cover it.

My passions: Polyvagal Theory & trauma recovery.

I'm deeply passionate about Polyvagal Theory and its transformative role in trauma recovery. As a dedicated therapist and educator, my mission is to demystify the mind-body connection and empower individuals on their journey toward emotional balance and self-regulation. If you're navigating the complexities of trauma and are curious about the practical applications of Polyvagal Theory, you've found the right place.

A few more essentials about me: I'm a proud father of two, a devoted husband, and a coffee enthusiast who enjoys a good brew twice daily. In my spare time, I dabble in Swiss-style design, cheer on the 49ers, and indulge in my love for all things Seinfeld.

Experiencing overwhelm or stuck trauma?

Do any of these thoughts resonate with you?

  • "I feel disconnected. I'm just numb."

  • "I'm exhausted from feeling this way!"

  • "I constantly feel like I'm on guard."

  • "I want to retreat and hide all the time."


I so, you've found the right place. I'll help you gain clarity on your feelings, reduce self-judgment, and guide you toward emotional balance. Sign up for my email list for resources and insights.

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My mission.

I want to fundamentally change how you understand mental health. I want to reduce the need for psychological concepts like "ego," "shadow" and "parts." And I want to increase your direct experience of yourself: somatically, emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally.

How I'll accomplish my mission.
Why I'm doing this.

It's really important to me that we all be able to experience the full range of ourselves, including the ability to slow down and connect with ourselves and others. We should not be dependent on psychological concepts that add a cognitive layer that is unnecessary, like "ego" and "shadow." It's important to me that we build the capacity to experience ourselves fully and directly.

Thinking Man on Couch

Psychology has neglected biology for decades.

Instead, we’ve focused on creating new labels for those seeking help, modifying cognitions, training behavior, and building insight. This neglect has created an unending supply of repackaged interventions that continue to build on a shaky foundation. My content and courses provide you rock-solid trauma recovery knowledge infused with somatic interventions.

I'm on an obsessive Polyvagal mission.

Once I learned about and deeply studied the Polyvagal Theory, how I understood and practiced therapy changed fundamentally. I now see my clients (and myself) as people stuck in an autonomic nervous system state of defense, like flight/fight, freeze, or shutdown. 

I think the PVT should be standard knowledge for any therapist today. My Polyvagal obsession motivates me to create numerous free resources for therapists or anyone interested. They can all be found on this website, like the podcast and blog.

I think you're stuck.
Not broken.

I don't believe you're broken. You might believe that. But I simply can't join you. You can improve your life. You are capable of doing so. The issue here is being stuck. Stuck in a defensive autonomic state: flight, fight, shut down or freeze. You're stuck. Not broken.


There is hope.



Connect the Polyvagal Theory to Trauma

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The Total Access Membership includes other goodies, too:

  • bi-monthly live Q&A Meetups with Justin

  • a private podcast with exclusive audio

  • resource center

  • course downloads


Join my small, private community of people on a trauma recovery journey, just like you. You won't be alone and will always have a place to ask questions, share your thoughts, or get a few words of encouragement.


Access all three of my trauma recovery courses to learn simply and clearly.

  • Polyvagal 101

  • Building Safety Anchors

  • Unstucking Defensive States

Trauma recovery courses & community in one subscription.

Stuck on your trauma recovery journey? The Total Access Membership provides the tools and connections to move forward.

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