Stress and the Vagal Nerve

How to understand your reactions & settle your nerves.

a free educational evening with Bruce Hersey, LCSW

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Wednesday November 14 from 6-8 PM

Everyone has heard of fight or flight, but what you probably don't know is how your autonomic nervous system can shift from there to shut down & freeze, or resolve via attunement & connection. These three states are all linked to the vagus nerve, and can shift immediately and automatically based on subliminal cues outside your conscious awareness.


Learn about these states, a bit about the anatomy & physiology of how they operate, and their biological and evolutionary origins. But most importantly, understand the conditions and cues that cause the shifts and recognize the states in yourself and others so you can respond more effectively in your life and enhance your own self-care and personal development.


You will leave this workshop with three maps:


  1. The Personal Profile Map - helps identify which state you are currently in through thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and behavior.
  2. The Triggers & Glimmers Map - helps determine how you got to the state you are in, and capitalize on subtle opportunities for social engagement/connection and re-regulation.
  3. The Regulating Resources Map - brings attention to the presence or absence of individual & interactive resources and the process of building new regulating pathways.

about Bruce Hersey

Bruce is an experienced workshop and retreat leader known for facilitating a gentle, safe, and healing environment for small group activities geared toward enhancing self-awareness and connection to inner parts needing attention, care, soothing, comforting, and healing.


He provides this every day for individuals seeking transformational personal growth through ongoing therapy, utilizing inner parts work, sometimes interwoven with EMDR or clinical hypnosis, and teaches these methods to fellow professionals across the country and around the world.

Guaranteed to be relaxing and fun.

Self-development workshops at Heartspace are intended to provide opportunities for learning, personal growth, community and connection with fellow travelers on the path of healing and making the world a better place for ourselves and others.

Please RSVP

  • Let Bruce know (brucehersey@gmail.com) if you plan to attend, so we can arrange adequate seating for participants.
  • Wear comfortable clothing in case you would like to stretch out on the floor during any experiential activities.