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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
PODCAST WITH MICHAEL OSTROLENK
Michael Ostrolenk is a licensed psychotherapist who completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and did post-graduate studies in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies . He is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. Michael is Head Instructor for SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy as well as a personal development coach. Michael is also the host of #ORadio , a podcast which explores individual and social transformation.
Michael speaks with Jan Winhall, author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model: A Bottom-Up Approach. Jan details her history with treating trauma and addiction and how she came to understand addiction not as a disease but as a means of coping with trauma. Addiction occurs, Jan explains, naturally when individuals do not feel safe and are unable to socially engage. We also live in cultures that do not support engagement and grounding, which is further detailed within the five stages of oppression in Jan’s book. Lastly, Michael and Jan discuss practices for transitioning out of the fight, flight, or freeze states to grounded self-regulated and socially engaged states.
To learn more about Jan Winhall’s work, visit her website: janwinhall.com.
Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today. www.somaticpsychotherapytoday.com
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