69 episodes

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)

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    • Mental Health

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)

    PTSD and the Polyvagal Theory

    PTSD and the Polyvagal Theory

    A solo episode from Justin.  He examines the DSM5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD in comparison to the polyvagal theory.  
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    Therapeer Content Event - https://www.justinlmft.com/therapeercontentevent
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    DSM Criteria - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207191/box/part1_ch3.box16/
    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats

    • 36 min
    Dreams and the Polyvagal Theory / Wonderings

    Dreams and the Polyvagal Theory / Wonderings

    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.
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    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats

    • 21 min
    Bipolar Disorder and the Polyvagal Theory

    Bipolar Disorder and the Polyvagal Theory

    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.
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    Recommended reading - https://www.justinlmft.com/books
    Therapy Interest List - https://www.justinlmft.com/therapyinterestlist
    APA Bipolar Disorders - https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/bipolar-disorders/what-are-bipolar-disorders
    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats

    • 36 min
    Traumas After the Trauma(s)

    Traumas After the Trauma(s)

    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). 
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    • 23 min
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the Polyvagal Theory

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the Polyvagal Theory

    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.
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    • 30 min
    Interruptions and Tension Between Mercedes and Justin?

    Interruptions and Tension Between Mercedes and Justin?

    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.
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

Tiocfaidhárlálálá ,

5 stars

for Mercedes' donut joke. lol

Also, it's a really good podcast. It breaks down polyvagal theory in an easy to digest manner.

zak927483 ,

Good content. Dynamic between the hosts is distracting.

I keep trying to come back to this podcast because I like the subject matter. Overall I want to listen but have recently unsubscribes. I’m routinely annoyed by the dynamic between the hosts. I listened to their episode where they unpacked this a bit - but alas, it continues and they don’t quite seem to get that at a fundamental level, it takes away from the content delivery. If they could prepare a bit more and assess where their view points differ, maybe that could help.

Listening to them bicker, talk over each other, etc. is so irritating and even a little unnerving. It’s a bit of any irony - I have a hard time listening because I’m unable to feel at ease knowing they will start arguing at any moment. I’m sometimes even triggered by it. I know that their banter is done quite gently and in a healthy manner, for them. I still find it distracting, unnerving, and sometimes triggering when it’s a gender dynamic that mirrors broader interpersonal oppression (white men talking over everyone else, repeating what’s already been said, disagreeing despite not listening well at all).

I will keep trying to listen. I hope this keeps getting addressed.

LaurenG14 ,

Loving it

Thank you for breaking down Porges’ very important work and for using real life examples. So helpful!

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