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More calm, confidence & connection.

Develop the strength of your Polyvagal safety state through six unique anchoring pathways.

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.

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The missing piece of your trauma recovery

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.

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More connection.

Feel more calm, confidence & connection

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.

Feel less defense: anxiety, anger, alone...


A stuck defensive state presents in different ways. 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.

100% focused on your safety

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.

BSA is...

  • 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. It is the essential step necessary in trauma recovery.


You're worried.

You're worried that 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.

You’re worried about cost and if BSA is worth it.


Of course; a fair concern. A few things:

  1. BSA has a 14 day money-back guarantee (more below).

  2. You can schedule a no-pressure no-sales chat with me for free and I am happy to answer any concerns or questions you have about BSA.

  3. You'll get access to meet with me and others in virtual meetups twice a month. You will never be alone in your recovery and will have direct access to me often. You’re not just paying for an online course, you’re paying for a solid safety foundation in your recovery and you’re paying for direct access to me and my Polyvagal knowledge and application.

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BSA  Curriculum

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

1: Safety Anchors

2: Environmental​

3: Body

4: Sensory

5: Musical

6: Cognitive

7: Memory

Congrats and Outro

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Melanie said...


" was my first real breakthrough and I continue to gain understanding of polyvagal theory and how integral it is to my condition and potential healing!!! You have a very unique take,  presentation and safe presence!!!"

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Kyra said...

"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!"


Direct access to Justin

You won't have to wonder.

You will get direct access to me twice a month during virtual meetups. During the meetups, you will get a brief lesson from and be able to ask any course-related questions that you have.

Community access
  • virtual meetups with me and others twice a month

  • online discussion forum to connect with me & other students of my courses

Course media & delivery
  • individualized course guidance for your safety anchoring

  • an optional 30 day BSA Challenge

  • self-paced course

  • BSA exclusive course handouts

  • journaling prompts

  • more Polyvagal knowledge specific to the safety state and vagal brake development

  • specific techniques on anchoring in safety

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Build safety for $399.

I want you to be confident in your purchase and receive the guidance that you need in your trauma recovery. Set up a chat with me to address any questions about BSA or my other courses.

I will answer whatever questions and concerns that you have about BSA without pressuring you. I promise, no sales pushes. I simply want you to have clarity and buy with confidence.

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Fiona said...

"I’m finding that I’m integrating little bits and pieces throughout my day and finding the things that help me to stay present. Once I shifted from thinking that this would help me get rid of my dysregulated feelings to thinking of it as making a bigger container for the feelings that were already there, I began to find it all more helpful."


Ken said...


"Most of the stuff we are covering has already become a part of my survival strategies in my mental health journey, but the course is bringing me to a new level of mindfulness in my practices. I appreciate all the reminders to stay mindful and present in these activities, rather that having them on a checklist of things I need to do every day to “feel ok”, which had started to frame... into a kind of chore list that I shamed myself for not completing."

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Trauma recovery - phase 2

You have likely completed the first phase of your trauma recovery in learning the Polyvagal Theory and are ready for the next step. Just like you, learning the PVT revolutionized how I view myself and helped me to create a non-judgmental cognitive platform to build from in my own self-development.

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. BSA is the essential piece that so many practitioners and modalities completely miss.

I spend a lot of time in my work with therapy clients on their capacity to stay anchored in their safety state. 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.

Meet your anchoring guide


Justin obsessively studied the Polyvagal Theory after looking for ways to improve his therapy outcomes with heavily traumatized clients. Justin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in working with trauma. Justin uses somatic techniques and his deep knowledge of the Polyvagal Theory in his work.

He is currently working for a public school district and in his private practice in Lodi, California. He has also worked in juvenile halls, residential substance abuse recovery, outpatient non-profit substance abuse treatment and county outpatient mental health.

Justin has presented the Polyvagal Theory to pretty much everyone on a global level through his successful podcast - Stuck Not Broken.

Money Back Guarantee

I really don't want you to worry about the cost of BSA.

If you don't like BSA or it's not effective for you for any reason, simply let me know you want a refund* I will give it to you with no questions asked.

Seriously. No questions asked.

I had a horrible experience when buying a course that I hated and getting a refund was a huge hassle. I don't want you going through that.

*Is it a full refund?

I will give you a full refund minus any fees that I incur. Sorry, but I don't want to pay for you to try out my course. I hope you understand.

I want you to have confidence.

I want you buying BSA with clarity and confidence. You can schedule a chat with me to address any questions you might have about the course or even my other courses.

I promise - no sales pressure. 

I had a really bad experience with a call like this in the past and make sure to not get remotely close to what I went through with the people that schedule a chat with me.


Is BSA stuff that I already do? Like coping skills?

BSA is primarily focused on actively and mindfully building the strength of your safety state through anchoring in safety. BSA is not about reducing your defensive state through coping skills, though you could use what you gain from BSA for that purpose.

Are the BSA teachings available through your free content?

Not really, no. I might talk about general concepts through my free content, but BSA is very much unique. It builds on what is available in my free content.

When are the virtual meetups?

The Stucknaut Meetups happen usually twice a month. I schedule them at different times, usually at 7pm PST or 8am PST.

Are the virtual meetups recorded for replay?


Is BSA part of your larger Polyvagal Trauma Relief System?

It is! The PTRS is a bundle of all three of my courses. Each course has a function on its own and can be bought individually. But you can also purchase all 3 at once for a discount.

I can't afford your courses. Do you offer discounts?

You can buy all 3 of my courses for a discount as the Polyvagal Trauma Relief System. The individual courses do not have discount options. Remember, on top of the self-paced course, you will get twice monthly direct access to me and my Polyvagal knowledge through the virtual meetups.

I also have loads of free content for you. I recommend starting with Stuck not Broken podcast episodes 101-109, which is the Polyvagal 101 series. I also have an ebook about connecting the Polyvagal Theory to trauma, which is currently free. There are more freebies in the Members Center as well.

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