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Get unstuck.

Finally. Really.

Live without shame or fear. Actively feel and relieve your stuck trauma through somatic concepts and skills.

Self-regulation made possible and practical.

Unstucking Defensive States is a simple and clear online trauma recovery course that teaches you how to self-regulate and actively relieve your trauma - without psychobabble. Clear concepts. Clear teachings. Clear guidance and practice.

You're ready for emotional freedom.

You’re tired of living in shame, guilt, fear and panic. You’re tired of consuming trauma information from across the internet. You’re frustrated and ready to give up.


You want to live a life without dragging the emotional weight of trauma. You want to live with more freedom, self-compassion and confidence.

You’re ready to actively relieve your stuck traumatized state. You're ready for clarity, answers and direction without psychobabble.

UDS is not for everyone.

UDS is made for the stuck individual that has learned the Polyvagal Theory and developed some capacity to stay grounded in their safety state. UDS is for the person that needs the next step - how to use their capacity for curiosity and mindfulness to feel into and relieve their trauma.

UDS is not...

  • a repackaged webinar. UDS is an online course built on the Polyvagal Theory from the ground up.

  • the starting point for trauma recovery. UDS is the third phase of my Polyvagal Trauma Recovery System.

UDS is...

  • the next step after learning the Polyvagal Theory and building the strength of your safety state.

  • made for the person in trauma recovery, not professionals looking to build their skills (although they are welcome to be a part of UDS as well!).

  • lessons and practice focused on self-regulation.

Life after UDS.

After taking UDS, you will be able to actively and purposefully feel your stuck defensive state with curiosity. You will mindfully experience your inner world from your safety state, not a bystander going through the extremes of dysregulation.

100% focus on your stuckness.

UDS is about you. The real you that exists right here and right now. UDS does not use up any time or mental energy on abstract psychological ideas like “parts” or “shadows” or “ego”. UDS makes self-regulation practical and simple, built on the science and application of the Polyvagal Theory.

You're worried. (And that's okay.)

Is UDS worth the cost?

Heck yes it is.

  1. You get in-depth, clear teaching on how to relieve your trauma, with guided practices.

  2. UDS has a 14 day money-back guarantee (more below).

  3. 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 UDS.

Will UDS actually help?

I know you might be thinking that this is too good to believe. You might be worried about whether UDS is truly going to help. UDS is a self-regulation practice built on the effective teachings and techniques I already use with my Clients and for myself.

And just like you, I want you to be successful and get the relief you deserve. I believe in UDS so much that I offer a 14 day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

UDS options:

$400 course purchase

Great for you if:

  • you want to own UDS for life

$800 courses package

Great for you if:

  • you want to own UDS and my two other courses for life

  • you want to save $150 compared to buying each course individually

Subscribe to Total Access

Great for you if:

  • you want all of my trauma recovery courses

  • you want the two trauma recovery phases before UDS

  • you want to connect with others

  • you want a bunch of other perks


"This is THE MOST AMAZING THING ever! You have taken PVT and made it accessible to me in a way Steven Porges, Deb Dana, and Peter Levine haven't." -Beth


"Yes! This stuff is SO great! I love how you've laid it out, defined it all, and linked it together. I had no idea we could have such a great tool for this work. This really is revolutionary." -Rhys

"excellent stuff!"

"I am a Christian counselor working with trauma and especially sexual abuse. I have been for 16 years now, and am also [a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner], so this stuff makes sense to me... [UDS] is excellent stuff!" -UDS Beta Participant


"The pacing, the examples, and how you made it so the listener could use it right then and there. You also gave practical examples of pendulation and titration, and helped explain mixed states better through the illustrations, examples, and the way you use words to help people track their own states. EXCELLENT! REALLY!... THANK YOU!!!" -UDS Beta Participant

Get relief now.

Unstucking Defensive States takes you through the entire process of mindful self-regulation and teaches you everything you need to finally climb your Polyvagal ladder and release the stuck defensive state within you.

Join UDS today and take the next steps to finally get the relief that you deserve and need.

UDS exclusive goodies

video lessons

UDS has over 5 hours of exclusive video content.

journal prompts

Apply your new UDS knowledge with exclusive journal prompts.


UDS transcripts and lessons slides give you more avenues for learning.

Trauma relief:
phase 3

You've learned the Polyvagal Theory and likely began to build the strength of your safety state. You're curious about what else is within you and how to get relief from your stuck defensive state.

That's where Unstucking Defensive States fits. UDS is the final phase of my Polyvagal Trauma Recovery System. It's part of the larger System, but is available a la carte if you know this is all you're missing in your recovery.

Meet your unstucking guide.

Hi, I'm Justin. I built UDS based on the needs of my clients, course students, and audience. It teaches the pieces of self-regulation and how to get unstuck.

I delved deeply into the Polyvagal Theory to enhance my therapy outcomes for heavily traumatized clients. Now, I specialize in trauma therapy with somatic techniques and a strong grasp of the theory. I've taught it globally through my podcast and directly to teachers, social workers, police, therapists, and more. I'm a member of the Polyvagal Institute's Editorial Board. In short, I'm a Polyvagal Nerd.

One subscription.
Total access.

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

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.​ Seriously.

*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.

Click here to book a chat >

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.

Learn more about Total Access >

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.

Is this course part of your System?

It is! PTRS is a bundle of all three of my trauma recovery courses. And PTRS is a part of my Total Access Membership.

Learn about PTRS >

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.

Do I get access to the meetups?

No. You must be subscribed Total Access Membership​, which has community and all courses in one subscription.


Spend less. Get more.

Dealing with trauma can be incredibly challenging, but the Total Access Membership can help you every step of the way. As a subscriber, you'll gain access to all three of my trauma recovery courses, one for each phase of trauma recovery. Plus, you'll get access to my private community to connect with others (if you want) so you won't be alone on your journey.

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