Building Safety Anchors

the guide to identifying, practicing & feeling safety.

Decrease defensive feelings

Anxiety, anger, numbness and panic come from being in a stuck defensive state. BSA reduces feelings of defense through helping to shift the body into a state of safety.

Increase safety
feelings

Each of us has the capacity to feel more safety in our bodies. BSA teaches you how to do that through six lessons, supported through guided practice.

Smiling Portrait

Stress affects my body pretty profoundly and when I began things were on a normal stress level for me... The stress level in my life has increased.  The program has been very helpful... and one that I want to tell others about after I complete the challenge.  Thank you for putting the program together.

BSA Participant - Melanie

Is BSA right for you?

BSA is ideal for you if you understand you are responsible for your own change and would be best served through a guided course of learning, practicing and feeling.

This course is NOT for someone that is looking to "heal" their trauma. It can be helpful in laying the foundation for that, but it's not the goal of the course. Before doing that further work, the foundation of safety needs to be laid. That's what BSA is about - identifying and building safety, building the vagal brake and the capacity to be in the present moment.

Good for mindful newbies

If you're brand new to the world of mindfulness and the autonomic nervous system, this course is great for you. It begins with some fundamental teachings and then builds from there. I designed each learning module to be more complex, but the focus is always on safety and being present in the body. 

Good for Stucknauts

BSA is also good for the Stucknaut that has understandings of the Polyvagal Theory. It builds on that knowledge and directs you to identify safety in six specific avenues.

Image by Alexander Dummer

At one point during these 30 days the thought came to me: I've been given a Ferrari and told 'here's the brake, here's the gas, stay off the grass. Go.' After building many anchors I feel like you've handed me the manual to my Ferrari and I am so excited to see what this puppy can do!!!

BSA 30 day Participant - single Mom

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Find calm.

six different anchoring paths to increase feelings of safety

BSA teaches you how to discover your feelings of safety: calm, play and stillness

Being stuck in a defensive state cuts off feelings of safety. But safety is still possible

Candle and Berries

How you will

increase safety

Building Safety Anchors: Bottom-Up teaches six different pathways to finding more safety and being more in the present moment. BSA is designed as a step-by-step exclusive course, not just a collection of already available resources.

Control your environment

The first section teaches you how controlling your environment can help to increase your feelings of calm and allow for more stillness.

How movement helps get unstuck

Section 2 teaches you how movement can be helpful in increasing feelings of playfulness and flow.

The present moment through the 5 senses

Your senses are a fantastic way to consciously exist in the present moment. This section teaches you how to utilize your inner sensory power.

Music to soothe your state

Music can be so helpful to climbing the Polyvagal Ladder. This section will teach you how it helps and guide you through discovering and building on music that speaks to your state.

Control your cognitions

Utilizing our conscious mind effectively is often preached, but misguided. This section will teach you different methods to ground yourself through your ability to think and direct your thoughts.

Find safety in your memories

You may not think there is safety in your memories, but there likely is. This section teaches you how to access and feel safety, pulling from memories.

Listening to Music

Included in BSA:

7 original learning modules

  • in printable PDF

  • 45 minutes of downloadable audio

a private BSA group

  • here on justinlmft.com

Q&A in Open Office Hour

  • with me 1x/mo

and more

  • journal prompts

  • optional content for further learning