UPCOMING Workshops - Author Talks - Conferences

Using a Polyvagal Theory Map to Understand Nervous System Functioning....and how it explains the digital dating phenomenon!

Why not use the things that get on our last nerve-like romance and technology - to help rewire our nervous system functioning?

Counselor, dance/movement therapist and nervous system expert, Dee Wagner offers a new way for therapists to look at the digital dating, phenomenon. When looked at through the lens of Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory, this modern matchmaking method begins to make sense.

Polyvagal theory gives therapists a map for identifying client coping patterns. This map both illuminates the work of trauma-expert Peter Levine and aligns with attachment theory from the developmental work of Ainsworth and Tronick through the romantic attachment work of Shaver & Hazan to current attachment-based couples work like Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy. Using the map that polyvagal theory provides allows therapists to recognize what child psychiatrist Judith Kestenberg calls developmental fight dances and to help clients
re-pattern their steps so they no longer contaminate romantic moves.

Technology gives us many more ways to connect with potential romantic partners than ever before. Just like a dance teacher in a ballroom dance class, therapists can help clients improve relationship patterns because there are lots more partners with whom to practice.

In Dee's workshop, therapists will learn and experientially understand the new neuroscience of Porges' polyvagal theory. Simple exercises and art experiences will help participants answer questions like:  What is the ventral vagal nerve and how does one train it, especially during technology use and specifically for romantic purposes?

Details:  October 13, 2017
              The Link Counseling Center in Sandy Springs
              5 CORE CEU credits
              $100 ($85 before Sept. 1)
              Register HERE


MEETUP:  Atlanta Online DATING Feedback Meetup

Join us June 22nd for our Meetup.  Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire is the topic for this next meetup.

Bring your questions about online dating!

We meet at 7:00pm at Mimi's Cafe in Dunwoody. 1221 Ashford Crossing, 30346.

Click here to sign up.

WORKSHOP:  Ladies, are you safe? Dating Online

Ladies, are you safe?  Dating Online
June 25, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Elevator Factory
Workshop - limited spots (reservations only) - cost $10
To register and pay online click here or call 404-644-2301

Colin Tate, author of "Is This Your Man," shares the true stories of men who romance, flatter, manipulate, confuse and deceive women. Kathy Jernigan, former FBI agent and creator of "Naked Online: A DoZen Ways to Grow from Internet Dating," discusses do's and don'ts of safe online dating. Together, they present this workshop for women facilitated by Kathy's co-author, psychotherapist Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT. Learn how to safely and happily date!