293 episodes

Stuck Not Broken is the first podcast built on clearly teaching the Polyvagal Theory and applying it to your trauma recovery process. Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that makes the science of connection easily understood and accessible to anyone. He created the Polyvagal Trauma Relief System and is the author of Trauma & The Polyvagal Paradigm.
(Justin Sunseri, LMFT99147)

Stuck Not Broken Justin Sunseri

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

Stuck Not Broken is the first podcast built on clearly teaching the Polyvagal Theory and applying it to your trauma recovery process. Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that makes the science of connection easily understood and accessible to anyone. He created the Polyvagal Trauma Relief System and is the author of Trauma & The Polyvagal Paradigm.
(Justin Sunseri, LMFT99147)

    Thaw the Freeze Trauma Response: a Polyvagal-Informed Approach

    Thaw the Freeze Trauma Response: a Polyvagal-Informed Approach

    Learn what the Freeze trauma response is, the dangers of addressing it head-on, and how to start coming out of it.
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255
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    LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386
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    Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741
    Call 911 for emergency
    This and other content produced by Justin Sunseri (“JustinLMFT”) (i.e; podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) is not therapy, not intended to be therapy or be a replacement for therapy.  Nothing in this creates or indicates a therapeutic relationship.  Please consult with your therapist or seek for one in your area if you are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Nothing should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
    Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist registered in the State of California (#99147).

    • 13 min
    No, Allowing Dorsal Vagal Shutdown Doesn't Reinforce It (Unless...)

    No, Allowing Dorsal Vagal Shutdown Doesn't Reinforce It (Unless...)

    Join therapist and coach Justin Sunseri as he addresses a key question from his private community about transitioning from dorsal vagal shutdown to sympathetic flight fight activation. In this episode of 'Stuck Not Broken,' Justin delves into the Polyvagal Theory, explaining how to safely navigate these states without reinforcing a shutdown pattern. He also provides insights into his upcoming book and exclusive cohort 'Shutdown to Stillness.' Learn how to live with more calm, confidence, and connection while enhancing your self-regulation skills.
    00:00 Introduction and Welcome
    00:57 Understanding Shutdown and Sympathetic Activation
    03:12 The Role of Safety in Navigating Shutdown
    07:50 Practical Steps to Move from Shutdown to Mobilization
    10:42 Addressing Concerns and Misconceptions
    15:42 Updates on the Book and Future Plans
    20:25 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline -1 (800) 799-7233
    LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386
    National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1 (800) 656-4673
    Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741
    Call 911 for emergency
    This and other content produced by Justin Sunseri (“JustinLMFT”) (i.e; podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) is not therapy, not intended to be therapy or be a replacement for therapy.  Nothing in this creates or indicates a therapeutic relationship.  Please consult with your therapist or seek for one in your area if you are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Nothing should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
    Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist registered in the State of California (#99147).

    • 11 min
    Can ANYBODY self-regulate and recover from trauma?

    Can ANYBODY self-regulate and recover from trauma?

    Justin Sunseri addresses whether everyone can recover from trauma by accessing their Polyvagal safety state. He explains the nuances, emphasizing the importance of context, co-regulation, and healthy attachments.
    0:00 Can Anybody Self-Regulate and Recover from Trauma?
    01:43 Introduction to Safety Anchors and UDS
    02:08 Exploring the Concept of Safety Anchors
    03:53 The Role of Co-Regulation in Safety
    04:33 Challenges of Practicing Alone
    05:01 Building a Supportive Environment
    06:46 Barriers to Achieving Safety
    07:54 Impact of Personal Growth on Relationships
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    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline -1 (800) 799-7233
    LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386
    National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1 (800) 656-4673
    Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741
    Call 911 for emergency
    This and other content produced by Justin Sunseri (“JustinLMFT”) (i.e; podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) is not therapy, not intended to be therapy or be a replacement for therapy.  Nothing in this creates or indicates a therapeutic relationship.  Please consult with your therapist or seek for one in your area if you are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Nothing should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
    Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist registered in the State of California (#99147).

    • 11 min
    Self-Regulation: Should you challenge your safety state?

    Self-Regulation: Should you challenge your safety state?

    I answer questions about self-regulation and our safety state - should we challenge the capacity of our distress tolerance? Will this help strengthen our vagal brake?
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline -1 (800) 799-7233
    LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386
    National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1 (800) 656-4673
    Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741
    Call 911 for emergency
    This and other content produced by Justin Sunseri (“JustinLMFT”) (i.e; podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) is not therapy, not intended to be therapy or be a replacement for therapy.  Nothing in this creates or indicates a therapeutic relationship.  Please consult with your therapist or seek for one in your area if you are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Nothing should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
    Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist registered in the State of California (#99147).

    • 13 min
    Dorsal Vagal Shutdown Daily Life: Real People Share Real Experiences

    Dorsal Vagal Shutdown Daily Life: Real People Share Real Experiences

    Justin Sunseri continues his exploration of the Shutdown Experiences Survey, this time discussing the results of how dorsal vagal shutdown affects people on a daily basis. How effective do people feel they are coping? How do they alter their daily lives?
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline -1 (800) 799-7233
    LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386
    National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1 (800) 656-4673
    Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741
    Call 911 for emergency
    This and other content produced by Justin Sunseri (“JustinLMFT”) (i.e; podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) is not therapy, not intended to be therapy or be a replacement for therapy.  Nothing in this creates or indicates a therapeutic relationship.  Please consult with your therapist or seek for one in your area if you are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Nothing should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
    Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist registered in the State of California (#99147).

    • 25 min
    Finding Polyvagal Safety When "Neurodiverse"

    Finding Polyvagal Safety When "Neurodiverse"

    Justin Sunseri addresses a question about neurodivergence, safety, and connection. What does safety look like for someone who is "neurodivergent"?
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    00:00 Introduction: Meet Justin Sunseri
    00:13 Taking a Break: Life Updates and Future Plans
    00:38 Addressing Neurodivergence: Safety, Connection, and Community Q&A
    01:19 Exploring Safety and Connection in Neurodivergence
    02:57 Personalizing Safety: Beyond Social Norms
    05:20 Embracing the Present: Safety, Connection, and Personal Growth
    07:41 Conclusion and Invitation to Engage
    08:36 Disclaimer and Resources
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline -1 (800) 799-7233
    LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386
    National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1 (800) 656-4673
    Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741
    Call 911 for emergency
    This and other content produced by Justin Sunseri (“JustinLMFT”) (i.e; podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) is not therapy, not intended to be therapy or be a replacement for therapy.  Nothing in this creates or indicates a therapeutic relationship.  Please consult with your therapist or seek for one in your area if you are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Nothing should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
    Justin Sunseri is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist registered in the State of California (#99147).

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Del@Lee ,

Simple. Straightforward. Easy to Understand

Thank you for sticking to the talking points that really drive the lesson home. Love this. Listening in my car while I wait in the school pick up line and I love that I get to finish an episode because they’re short.
Thank you! Keep bringing these.

brookesoph ,

Excellent!

So interesting and engaging. Thank you!

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