Joshua Sylvae, MFT, SEP offers somatic therapy and education in Portland, Oregon. He lectures across the country on embodied approaches to healing, presenting the Somatic Experiencing® model of trauma resolution, created by Dr. Peter Levine. He also offers workshops on neuroscience, embodiment practice, and mindfulness. He is a Meditation Instructor in the Dharma Ocean lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Dr. Reginald Ray. He mentors students in the practice of Meditating with the Body®. 

He is passionate about the healing and transformation of individuals, families, and cultures. He sees nervous system healing as an indispensable aspect of the effort to secure social and ecological justice in our world today.

You can reach Joshua by calling 360-870-0928 or

Workshop details

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM ​Location: East West College near Lloyd Center: 525 NE Oregon Street, Portland, Oregon 97232 Early Registration: $105 before ______ or $130 if received after ______ -- For more information or to register by mail joshua@sylvae.netor call 360-870-0928-- CEUs Available...Please Be in Contact if Interested -- Register with Paypal Don't have a PayPal account?  No worries. Make a secure credit card payment using the Buy Now button above. It's easy!
  • Want to effectively help your clients reduce stress and trauma symptoms?
  • Would you like a gentle, effective psychobiological approach to resolving trauma?
  • Would you like to understand the science behind Polyvagal Theory of Stephen Porges
  • Want to learn a refreshing, cutting edge, scientific approach to help clients reduce stress?
This class and experiential workshop will offer helping professionals a detailed map of the autonomic nervous system, bringing together insights from neuroscience, psychophysiology, and somatic therapies for healing trauma.

We will focus in particular on the Polyvagal Theory, generated by Dr. Stephen Porges. Dr. Porges’ influential body of work has revolutionized psychology and the treatment of trauma. We now know that recognizing the complex workings of the nervous system is crucially important for understanding trauma and distress, as well as how to treat them.

During this daylong gathering we will make an in-depth study of the Polyvagal Theory, focusing in particular on the ways in which it can guide our work as helpers. The Polyvagal Theory is notoriously difficult to grasp.   

This gathering will be explicitly focused on making the information easy to assimilate and clear, as well as fun to learn!

If you’re a psychotherapist, body worker, clergy person, teacher, care provider, or other helping professional, learning how our human nervous system is expressed behaviorally can be incredibly beneficial.

class will likely forever change the way you see your patients or clients, giving you access to information about their underlying state that can inform your interventions and interpersonal stance.

Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System:

Tips for Helping Professionals
with Joshua Sylvae MFT SEP.

Portland Somatic Therapy