Meet your safety anchoring guide.
I obsessively studied the Polyvagal Theory after looking for ways to improve my therapy outcomes with heavily traumatized clients. For months, you could not find me without also seeing my face buried in one of the primary sources of the theory (with a dictionary in hand).
I am a therapist & Coach specializing in working with trauma, using somatic techniques and my deep knowledge of the Polyvagal Theory in my work. I've taught the Polyvagal Theory on a global level through my successful podcast, but also to many populations directly: teachers, social workers, police, therapists and more. I also took the PVT to the next steps and created the Polyvagal Trauma Relief System, a comprehensive trauma relief program.
I currently work for a public school district and my own private practice in Lodi, California.
Trauma relief - phase 2
You've learned the Polyvagal Theory and are ready for the next step. But you might not be ready for the work of actively feeling and relieving your stuck defensive state. The thought of it may actually be slightly triggering for you.
That's where Building Safety Anchors fits. BSA is the middle phase of trauma recovery and the second phase of my Polyvagal Trauma Relief System. BSA is the essential piece that so many practitioners and modalities completely miss.
BSA is not therapy, but it is a lot of my therapeutic concepts, techniques and homework assignments brought together for you in your own self-paced trauma recovery work.
"able to safely move forward"
Without BSA I would not have been able to more forward in my trauma work because deeper trauma work requires the foundational part of safety. Having the skills of getting myself back to the point of feeling safe or safe enough eliminates the possibility of becoming re-traumatized by memories or flashbacks that occur while healing trauma. Once I learned how and when to return to my safety anchor I was able to safely move forward without overwhelm but with confidence and a sense of being present.
"never experienced anything like it"
The course has finished but I will carry on practicing of course. I am using the sensory and environmental anchors very regularly. I really have enjoyed doing it and have never experienced anything like it to be frank. In a good way!
"like night & day"
I'm still building them, BUT the difference of having a safety anchor in place is like night and day to your lived experience. Quite simply, it replaces fear and anxiety with control and self assurance. NOW I understand what it means to "be present," and not let my anxiety take over and rewrite what is actually a pretty amazing story...
"safe enough to be curious"
"BSA has helped me stay anchored in safety to begin noticing my defensive, shutdown states. Without being anchored, I’d be lost at sea for some time. Now I feel safe enough to be curious."
Inside BSA, you will find clear teachings and steps on identifying, practicing and building your safety state. BSA teaches and guides you through six different anchoring paths. No one student is the same, so I have designed the course to work with you and what you are naturally pulled towards.
Intro & Welcome to BSA
what are safety anchors?; passive & active types
imagination safety exercise
your capacity for safety
what are safety cues?
Congrats and Outro
A->W->E Method to deepen safety experience
You're worried things will never change.
You want to get unstuck completely and live a happy, healthy and whole life. You want results and you want them as fast as possible. Of course. I get it. But that doesn’t happen unless you have a strong enough vagal brake for the further work of trauma recovery. I don’t want to set you up for failure or retraumatization. Building the strength of your safety state is necessary before moving on.
focused entirely on you and your safety state strength
the next step after learning the Polyvagal Theory and before directly experiencing your stuck defensive state
made for the person in trauma recovery, not professionals looking to build their skills (although they are welcome to be a part of BSA as well!)
BSA is not...
a repackaged webinar. BSA is an online course built from the Polyvagal Theory from the ground up.
the final step in trauma recovery, but it's the neglected and essential middle phase.
a collection of random "coping skills", it's a distinct learning path focused on actually accessing and building your safety state.
100% focused on your safety state.
BSA is the only trauma recovery course that focuses entirely on building the strength of your vagal brake. This step is overlooked by every trauma recovery course or treatment modality that I am aware of. Yet it is absolutely essential in the trauma recovery process and probably why other attempts have led you nowhere.
Ignoring this crucial step can lead to retraumatization and should never be overlooked.
2 options for BSA enrollment:
Join BSA through purchasing the course solo or get access to all of my trauma recovery courses and private community for one low-priced subscription.
More safety. Less defense.
Feel less defense.
A stuck defensive state presents in different ways: anxiety, anger, depression... The common factor of a traumatized system is an inability to access the safety state. As you build more safety, you will also experience less defensive activation.
Experience more safety.
As you access and build your safety state strength, you will experience the feelings and thoughts that stem from the safety state. Feelings like calm and confidence. Thoughts like curiosity and optimism. You will have a sense of connection to yourself and to others.
BSA & then some.
exclusive BSA Lesson sheets to reinforce your learning
journaling prompts to integrate your learning with your direct experience
more Polyvagal knowledge specific to the safety state and vagal brake development
specific techniques on anchoring in safety
individualized course guidance for your safety anchoring
take as a 30 day Challenge or self-paced course
Access to me & a private community
You can add an optional subscription to get access to me and a private community for $20/mo. This gives you access to:
2 live virtual Q&As per month with me and others
private discussion group
Work with me as your personal trauma-recovery Coach
Highly individualized guidance and numerous touch points.
the missing piece.
Building Safety Anchors is a self-paced online course that increases your distress tolerance. This is the essential middle phase of trauma recovery that is overlooked.
BSA is for the person in their trauma recovery that has an understanding of the Polyvagal Theory and is looking for the next step on how to apply their knowledge.
You're ready for the next step in your trauma recovery.
You’ve tried it all: working with therapists or coaches, different modalities, listened to the right gurus and poured through hours of content online. But nothing seems to be helping and you don’t know why.
Money back* guarantee.
No questions asked.
If you don't like this course or it's not effective for you for any reason, simply let me know you want a refund* within 14 days and I will give it to you with no questions asked.
*Is it a full refund?
You will get a full refund minus any fees incurred, like payment processing.
Refund offer is for purchase of this course only, not for subscription payments, like with Total Access.
Buy with confidence.
Schedule a no-pressure chat with me to address any questions you might have.
My promise - no sales pressure. None. Zero. Zilch. You will not be asked to pay during this call. I'm there purely to answer any questions you have.
I can't afford it!
That's why I made the Total Access Membership! For a low price, you can subscribe to all my trauma recovery courses and be a part of my private community.
Are your courses just stuff I already do? Like coping skills?
Definitely not. My courses are designed to take you beyond coping and into self-regulation and trauma recovery.
Can I find the course info in your free content?
Not even close. My course curriculum is much different from my free content. The free stuff teaches you what, the paid courses teach you how.
Is access to community part of the course purchase?
No. You must be subscribed Total Access Membership, which has community and all courses in one subscription.