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the Equipment of a Stucknaut / SNB118

Updated: Dec 21, 2022


  • In this episode, I tell you what the equipment of a Stucknaut is. What are we taking on this adventure to make sure we survive and come back home to safety?

  • My name is Justin Sunseri.

  • I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that thinks the world needs a new paradigm for mental health.

  • Welcome to Stuck Not Broken.


But before I get into things -put yourself first. I keep every episode as safe as I can, but just by the nature of the topics, you may experience some stuff come up. Take a break if you need to.

  • This one in particular should be...

This podcast is not therapy, nor intended to be a replacement for therapy.


  • It’s you. It’s me. It’s the audience of the Stuck Not Broken podcast.

  • It’s those that are interested in PVT and the somatic elements of being human.


  • Tools and equipment

  • Knowledge - paradigm of the PVT and somatic-based ideas of mind/body

Application - narrative of these to the self

  • Reduced judgment

  • Judgment is an obstacle to the Stucknaut adventure

    • New narrative leads to reduced judgment

    • Reduced judgment leads to more room for curiosity, less defensive reinforcement

The individual

  • Individual capacity for self-regulation

  • Individual curiosity

Healthy boundaries

  • Offerings of co-regulation to other Stucknauts

  • Realization that we must do our own work

    • Can work with others

    • Gather resources from others

    • Accept co-regulation from others

      • While also taking ownership over our own adventure


  • Going from safety to danger

    • Pendulating back and forth between these

    • Identify safety in the present moment through the senses or through memory or through imagination or through internal resource


  • Feel things a little at a time

  • Not to overwhelm

  • Anchor when climbing too far down the ladder

Appreciation and gratitude

  • To the self and others

  • Apology, forgiveness and gratitude to the self

  • I thank my body for what it accomplished (though not separate)

Dedicated practice (BSA)

  • Not a one-time thing

  • Determination and motivation and discipline

  • To learn and practice how to explore

  • Safety anchoring, building vagal brake

Top-down paradigm, narrative, stories

  • “Stuck not broken”

  • PVT as paradigm, apply to self

Bottom-up practice

  • Majority of vagal fibers are body to the brain

  • Feedback loop is the focus, not the nerve

  • Send cues of safety down and up from the internal world

  • Slowed breathing, muscle relaxation or tension

Fundamental organismic response tendencies

  • approach/avoid or attraction/repulsion

  • Identify basic safety, even in simple things


I hope you’ve learned something new to help you climb your polyvagal ladder.

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