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Author: Justin Sunseri

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Justin and Mercedes are two Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in CA that are obsessed with the Polyvagal Theory and applying it to everyday life - mental health, trauma, education, parenting and more.
(Justin LMFT99147, Mercedes LMFT47786)
76 Episodes
Bad Therapy 4

Bad Therapy 4


3 examples of Bad Therapy from listeners/followers.   If you're in California and interested in working with me as your therapist, you can find out more here - There's more audio content for members -  
Is the mixed Freeze state underlying the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder?  There are polyvagal implications aplenty in this one! Articles: More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Recommended reading - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
I think that OCD has an underlying high flight energy or freeze energy to it.  I go in depth into how the polyvagal theory might apply to the diagnosis of OCD from the DSM-5. More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - OCD - Depression co-morbidity with OCD - OCD examples - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
Some polyvagal thoughts about the coronavirus panic that we've all seen probably.  I'm hoping this helps you to ground yourself.  I highly recommend taking a conscious break from the updates and set aside a moment to do something that brings you a sense of safety. More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5 Members - 
Join Mercedes and I in our final episode together.  Her path of self growth is simply taking her in a different direction. More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Mugs & more from Justin - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
I chat with a psychology undergrad from Dixie State University about what got me into being a therapist, the polyvagal theory paradigm shift and more.   More Polyvagal Podcast content for Members -  
Looking at AD/HD in comparison to the Polyvagal Theory.  Connect on LinkedIn - More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Fidgets Blog - Recommended reading - AD/HD Criteria from the CDC - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
A solo episode from Justin.  He examines the DSM5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD in comparison to the polyvagal theory.   More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Individual Therapy with Justin (CA only) - Therapeer Content Event - File Share - DSM Criteria - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
No definitive statements being made here.  These are things that Justin is wondering about, putting some potential puzzle pieces together.  And some insight into the way he works with clients around dreams. More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
Compared to the anxiety and depression diagnoses, bipolar disorder was more difficult to break down into polyvagal terms.  Seems like the issue is that there could be a few polyvagal paths to the behaviors of the disorder. More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Mugs & more from Justin - Recommended reading - Therapy Interest List - APA Bipolar Disorders - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -
Definitely a content warning on this one.  Don't listen if you're not ready.  No specific details of traumatic events, but definitely an emotionally triggering episode. Often a client will tell me that the moment their life changed is not when the original traumatic event occurred, but instead, from the stuff that follows.  Mercedes and I discuss some of the traumas that take place after the initial trauma(s).  Get more Polyvagal Podcast content here -  
Mercedes and I share our thoughts on GAD, discussing each criteria of the DSM diagnosis.  This episode is not meant to diagnose!  We aren't your therapist and we aren't diagnosing you.  We're comparing the PVT to the DSM. Join the Therapeer Content Event no.1 -   $5 a month for more Polyavagal Podcast content - 
Mercedes and Justin address a topic that has been brought up a few times: Justin's tendency to interrupt and the "tension" between the two.  This is a segment from an Instagram Live. More Polyvagal Podcast content on    
A solo episode from Justin looking at the criteria to diagnose Major Depressive Disorder and comparing it to the shutdown autonomic state of the polyvagal theory.  Finally! Embodied Trauma online conference -  Sources:
You can hear and download all 10 Open Letters for $20 when you purchase Stack 1.  You will also receive a downloadable PDF of each letter that you can print out and read whenever you like.   Buy Stack 1 here -  
Phrasing we use a lot, but what does it mean exactly? This is originally from an Instagram Livestream. More Polyvagal Podcast content -
It will feel different day to day, including more capacity to handle your typical triggers.  And it might be a noticeable discharge of energy. Hear even more Polyvagal Podcast content in the Members' section -  
This topic has me genuinely upset and concerned about my fellow parents.  There is an incredible amount of pressure on parents to basically be perfect co-regulators and never ever use consequences, including time-outs.  Mercedes and I talk about this, share our own experiences professionally and personally.  BTW, done correctly, time-outs aren't harmful.   More Polyvagal Podcast content here -
Gratitude vs Praise

Gratitude vs Praise


Full show notes at Greater Good Magazine - What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? By Courtney Ackerman - An Experiment in Gratitude - The Science of Happiness; SoulPancake - More Polyvagal Podcast content for $5/mo - Polyvagal Podcast merchandise - Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats -  
Comments (6)

Megan Langreck

I don't believe bipolar is as well understood and simplistic as it has been (packaged and) explained to the public. Some research into bipolar has stated that episodes - depressions or manias - can be triggered by life events and/or life cycles. People have also allegedly developed bipolar disorder by exposure to traumatic events -- while not having a "family history" of bipolar. Surprised these two, with backgrounds that they have, have stayed so well within conventional notions of bipolar. I think the DSM on this disorder is 'incomplete' as it certainly is on ADHD as well.

Mar 17th

AJ Scarbrough

open letter 6 absolute positive and wonderful words of hope and strength. thank you! *crying*

Feb 10th

Caitlyn Beley

you warned. i wasn't able to finish this while driving! great info. funny how it was triggering though. the first two were quite soothing! love this series.

Jun 16th
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Tealyn James

I can already tell this podcast will change my life. Thank you in advance.

Apr 22nd

Janus Kannuberg

I found your explanation very helpful

Mar 11th
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