Polyvagal Theory: Enhancing Emotional Regulation and Safety in Connection


Polyvagal Theory: Enhancing Emotional Regulation and Safety in Connection

Presented by

Dr Ari Badaines – Clinical Psychologist, Gestalt Therapist and Psychodramatist

Dr Ari Badaines obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States. In 1980 he was awarded a one-year Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington,DC where he completed his certification requirements to be a psychodramatist and Trainer-Practitioner-Educator.

In the 1980’s he undertook training in Gestalt Therapy followed by group therapy and Family and Couple Therapy. Ari has been a member of the faculty of various psychodrama and Gestalt therapy training institutes and runs experiential and training groups in the USA, UK, Europe, and Sydney .


Sat 05 Nov 2022


9.30 am – 4.30 pm


Gestalt Therapy Brisbane

431 Montague Road, West End

Brisbane, Queensland




$260 when taken in conjunction with Running Groups: A Workshop on Experience and Process Facilitation on Sun 06 Nov 2022

Apply this Coupon when registering for both of Ari’s workshops:


Who is the workshop for?

  • Individual and group therapists and counsellors
  • Couple therapists
  • Gestalt therapy students and students of other therapeutic modalities
  • People interested in Polyvagal Theory and/or its applications to Gestalt Therapy.
  • Others wanting to understand more about the polyvagal system and its influence on our capacity to relate safely.

Participant Outcomes

  • A clear and concise understanding of polyvagal theory and in particular the role of the vagal nerve.
  • To actively know, both cognitively and experientially its potential for profound impact on your work with clients (and yourself).
  • How using polyvagal theory enables a sense of safety and reconnection in your clients.
  • Practical application of this theory translated into very specific techniques with a special focus on Gestalt Therapy to help our clients feel safer, self-regulate, and reconnect to themselves and you, the therapist, and then others in the client’s world.


Understanding of the polyvagal system and its protective function is fundamental to the therapist who works with people who have lived through trauma and those who struggle to experience emotional regulation and connection.

In this workshop (based on the work of S.Porges and Deb Dana) Dr Ari Badaines provides the relevant theory and function of the Polyvagal system and its relationship to co-regulation and connection; safety and danger. After exploring how the polyvagal system operates and influences our emotional states, Ari provides participants with specific techniques for practical application to help clients feel safe and reconnect to themselves and others.

After this workshop you will be better equipped to understand moments of disengagement, shutting down or hyper-vigilance in the therapy room as manifestations of the polyvagal system, and to engage with your client in a way that enhances their capacity to relate safely.

Special offer when taken in conjunction with Running Groups: A Workshop on Experience and Process Facilitation