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Justin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that is obsessed with the Polyvagal Theory and applying it to everyday life - mental health, trauma, education, parenting and more.
(Justin Sunseri, LMFT99147; Mercedes Corona, LMFT47786)

Stuck Not Broken Justin Sunseri

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    • 4.7 • 243 Ratings

Justin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that is obsessed with the Polyvagal Theory and applying it to everyday life - mental health, trauma, education, parenting and more.
(Justin Sunseri, LMFT99147; Mercedes Corona, LMFT47786)

    Trust - Open Letter 9

    Trust - Open Letter 9

    To purchase the entire Open Letters album for $20 - https://www.justinlmft.com/openletters
    Or become a $5/mo Patron and receive all of them as part of an exclusive podcast - https://www.patreon.com/justinlmft
    Building Safety Anchors - https://www.justinlmft.com/challenge-page/5180d0d1-fa0d-4833-8a96-b41546791435/
    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats
    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 podcast 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 sx.  Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

    • 13 min
    Stillness

    Stillness

    Welcome to part 7 of the Polyvagal 101 series - stillness, the mixed state of shutdown and safety.  I'm covering some foundational elements of Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory.  You are now part of an audio master class in the Polyvagal Theory!
    Building Safety Anchors - https://www.justinlmft.com/challenge-page/5180d0d1-fa0d-4833-8a96-b41546791435/
    PVT Books - https://www.justinlmft.com/books
    Polyvagal 101 - https://www.justinlmft.com/polyvagal101
    File Share - https://www.justinlmft.com/fileshare
    Stephen Porges interview - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/episode15
    Deb Dana interview - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/debdanainterview
    This week’s Patreon episode - Stimulating and Hacking Your Vagus Nerve is Not the Point - https://www.patreon.com/justinlmft 
    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats
    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 podcast 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 sx.  Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

    • 20 min
    Who My Listeners Are and Might Be - Feedback Friday

    Who My Listeners Are and Might Be - Feedback Friday

    I read a handful of messages I got recently from listeners to the podcast.  One of them makes the astute observation that something is off with the host.
    Become a Patron - https://www.patreon.com/justinlmft
    Dalai Momma Podcast interview - https://player.fm/series/dalai-momma/interview-with-justin-sunseri-lmft-from-the-stuck-not-broken-podcast
    Mindful Movement podcast interview - https://themindfulmovement.com/polyvagal-theory/
     

    • 15 min
    Play

    Play

    Welcome to part 6 of the Polyvagal 101 series.  I'm covering some foundational elements of Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory.  This one goes into the mixed state of Play.  You are now part of an audio master class in the Polyvagal Theory!
    Music clip #1 is by Metallica - Damage, Inc.; clip #2 is by the Ramones - Rockaway Beach
    Building Safety Anchors - https://www.justinlmft.com/challenge-page/5180d0d1-fa0d-4833-8a96-b41546791435/
    PVT Books - https://www.justinlmft.com/books
    Polyvagal 101 - https://www.justinlmft.com/polyvagal101
    File Share - https://www.justinlmft.com/fileshare
    Stephen Porges interview - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/episode15
    Deb Dana interview - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/debdanainterview
    This week’s Patreon episode - Mixed State Refresher - https://www.patreon.com/justinlmft 
    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats
    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 podcast 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 sx.  Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

    • 23 min
    Freeze

    Freeze

    Welcome to part 5 of the Polyvagal 101 series.  I'm covering some foundational elements of Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory.  This episode looks at the mixed state of Freeze.  You are now part of an audio master class in the Polyvagal Theory!
    Building Safety Anchors - https://www.justinlmft.com/challenge-page/5180d0d1-fa0d-4833-8a96-b41546791435/
    Shutdown vs Freeze blog article - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/shutdownvsfreeze
    PVT Books - https://www.justinlmft.com/books
    Polyvagal 101 - https://www.justinlmft.com/polyvagal101
    File Share - https://www.justinlmft.com/fileshare
    Stephen Porges interview - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/episode15
    Deb Dana interview - https://www.justinlmft.com/post/debdanainterview
    This week’s Patreon episode - Stimulating and Hacking Your Vagus Nerve is Not the Point - https://www.patreon.com/justinlmft 
    Intro/Outro music & Transition Sounds by Benjo Beats - https://soundcloud.com/benjobeats
    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 podcast 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 sx.  Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be specific life advice; it is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

    • 26 min
    Swearing & Not Knowing My Audience - Feedback Friday

    Swearing & Not Knowing My Audience - Feedback Friday

    I give my thoughts on a couple pieces of feedback I got recently re: censorship of swearing on the podcast and discussing whether or not I know my audience.
    I'd love to get your feedback as well.  Email justinlmft@gmail.com, DM me through Instagram/Facebook or send me an audio message through these avenues.  I love audio messages!
    https://www.justinlmft.com
     

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

hope121280 ,

Em

Really enjoy your show . I am a therapist and so many of your videos have been very informative. Thank you for doing this podcast.

annetteprice ,

Trauma survivors: proceed with caution

This is the second time I have subscribed to this podcast only to be repelled by it. The content about polyvagal theory is excellent and desperately needed. There really aren’t many resources out there for making this theory accessible to those of us with unresolved trauma. I wish what was wrong about this podcast didn’t completely overwhelm what is right about it, so I could set those issues aside and take away what works for me. But I’ve tried — TWICE now — and I just can’t.

But I think Justin (and Mercedes, if she’s still around, which I don’t think she is?) needs to figure out who his audience is. In the episode I just listened to (April 20, 2021) he took a break to promote his 30-day polyvagal-theory-based program called Building Safety Anchors, intended to help people with unresolved trauma. But he mostly addresses his audience as though they are made up of other therapists. He assumes his listeners are married and have kids and healthy familial connections and want to hear stories from that world that illustrate the concepts he’s describing.

That often doesn’t work for those of us with unresolved trauma. Our lives have often been laid to waste by it. Many of us don’t have happy marriages, or marriages at all. We might have kids, but we often don’t have healthy connections to our kids, because we were damaged as kids ourselves. The scenarios Justin uses are often unrelatable to me and sometimes even invalidate me.

So I come away from listening to it having gained a ton of knowledge about polyvagal theory but feeling deeply unseen and unheard — which for those of us with developmental trauma is a core wound. The word triggering is not too strong a word, I don’t think. And Justin Sunseri is a therapist! Good heavens, I hope he does better with his in-person patients than he does with those of us with unresolved trauma in his podcast audience.

Sadly, it seems he’s received criticism of being out of touch and insensitive before and I don’t see any effort on his part to address these issues. It’s a shame. To my fellow trauma survivors, I would say: proceed with caution. I cannot recommend this podcast.

miss_limon11 ,

Incredible

I was recommended this podcast by a colleague. I am a CBT AND DBT trained therapist. This podcast has given me a multitude of knowledge and helped me view things in a completely different perspective. I love this podcast and would highly recommend. Justin approaches things in a clear, direct, empathic, and exciting way; every podcast is full of information and applicable tools for use. Thank you Justin

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